Hart girls first, boys second in cross country invitational featuring seven local teams


Seven local schools were among the more than 40 cross country teams that competed in the Allendale Invitational Saturday. There were seven races throughout the day featuring a handful of the teams and runners were ranked by time at the end of the day to assign team scores.

Hart, Hesperia, Mona Shores, Montague, North Muskegon, Reeths-Puffer and Western Michigan Christian all competed in the event.

In the girls race, the Hart Pirates came out victorious on the day. The Pirates were led by 2 Alyson Enns (17:46, 2nd), Savannah Ackley (18:22, 4th), Audrianna Enns (18:44, 7th) and Lynae Ackley (19:21, 15th).

Reeths-Puffer finished 16th, with top times from Kennedy Hynde (20:58), Audrey Darling (21:15) and Eva Shinabery (21:28).

Right behind the Rockets was WMC in 17th place. The Warriors were paced by top overall finisher Abby VanderKooi, who ran a 16:48. The next finishers for WMC were Ava Rotman (21:36) and Brianna Zuidema (21:51).

Mona Shores came in 21st overall with best times coming from Robyn Hunt (19:47, 25th), Destiny Douglas (21:33) and Audrey White (21:54).  

Montague finished 25th on the day. The top Wildcat runners were Isabelle Auch (20:43), Dreea Atchison (21:12) and Erica Peets (22:02). 

North Muskegon and Hesperia did not have enough runners to qualify for the team standings. The Norse were led by Gabriella Wingard (20:48) and Carolyn Bennett (22:52) and the Panthers were led by Becci Castillo (22:21) and Alivia Tomaras (26:22).

Hart was also the top local finisher in the boys race, finishing second overall. The Pirates’ top runners were Alex Enns (16:26, 10th), Spencer VanderZwaag (16:41, 20th) and Clayton Ackley (16:41, 24th). 

Reeths-Puffer was next among area teams, coming in 18th. Top Rocket runners were Klay Grant (16:38, 15th), Brett Schlaff (17:00) and Tate Bradley (18:30). 

The Sailors were next in 25th, led by Caleb Branch (16:57), Aidan Kreps (17:49) and Will Parsekian (18:43). 

In 32nd place was WMC. Top Warrior runners included Jonathan Clausing (18:00), Pierce Newell (18:48) and Tyler Gould (19:04).  

Montague was next in 33rd, led by Kaden Hainer (17:20), Owen Fairchild (18:40) and Conner Raeth (19:40).

The top Norse runners on the day were Jude Meldrum-Roy (18:42), Parker Maciejewski (19:47) and Ben Skujins (19:51), while Hesperia boys were paced by Stephen Priese (19:15) and Ayden Sturtevant (19:34).

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