Fremont boys win second straight D2 state cross country title; top runner Walker wins individual crown

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The Fremont boys cross country team made school history on Friday afternoon, winning its second straight Division 2 state championship at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan.

The Fremont boys have been a state power in cross country for a long time, but they had never won back-to-back state titles before.

Nathan Walker, who won the Division 2 individual state cross country title on Friday.

The Packers finished with a total of 61 points, well in front of second place St. Johns, which had 126 points.

“It was a fantastic day,” said Fremont head coach Cliff Somers. “It’s been a fantastic season and the boys did everything we asked of them. These two years have just been a testament to the hard work the boys have put in over the last five or six years.”

The Packers had a clean sweep on Friday, because their top runner, senior Nathan Walker, captured the individual state title by winning the Division 2 race with a time of 15:19.39.

“I’m feeling pretty good,” Walker said. “Obviously these were my two main goals (team and individual state titles) coming into the season, and it feels really good to complete them.”

Fremont’s Conor Somers (16:02.55) finished in fifth place overall, while Ben Paige (16:31.55) finished in 18th place.

Rounding out the Fremont runners were Joshua Zerfas, who finished in 26thplace with a time of 16:37.39; Adam Ward, who took 27th with a time of 16:38.57; and Brennan Schuler, who was 81st with a time of 17:18.54.

“It’s really cool to be the first group to do it,” said Walker about making school history with two straight titles. “Hopefully we’ve set the tone and the guys coming up will continue what we’ve done.”

Ian Hill of Spring Lake was the other area top 20 finisher, finishing eighth overall in Division 2 with a time of 16:05.96.

In the Division 2 girls finals, Taylor Mater-Gerth of Fremont finished 19thoverall with a time of 19:16.44.

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