By Greg Gielczyk
It’s often said in sports that there’s nothing better than home cooking. You won’t find the White Cloud boys cross country team arguing with that premise after it gobbled up the third CSAA Conference cross country jamboree that it hosted Tuesday night, finishing ahead of Kent City by a relatively comfortable 10 points, 28-38.
Following them in the team scoring rundown were Morley-Stanwood with 76 points for third, while Hesperia was fourth with 119, Holton came in fifth with 125 and Lakeview’s 136 left them in sixth place.
White Cloud had three of the top five places, including Nathan Cook in second place in 18:48.78 behind the winner Samuel Martini from Kent City in 17:55.42.
Coleson Cruzan took fourth place in 19:12.45, and Kobe Canning was fifth in 19:17.76. Kent City’s Jaren Vogel was sixth in 19:21.76, followed by Tristan McHaney of White Cloud who was seventh in 19:41.84. Kent City occupied the next two spots, with Leto Pendleton finishing eighth in 19:53.05 and Sam Freeland taking the ninth position in 19:56.53. White Cloud’s Carson Foondle was 10th in 20:07.41.
Meanwhile, on the girls’ side it was Kent City coming within four points of a perfect score with 19 to blitz the field. Morley-Stanwood finished a distant second with 68, White Cloud was third with 82, Lakeview had 102 for fourth, Holton scored 106 for fifth and Hesperia was sixth with 138.
Kent City nabbed seven of the first eight places to dominate the meet. Leading the way for Kent City was Lila Volkers as the individual winner in 20:11.95.
Alyseska Linsley was third in 21:12.20, Kierra Flegel finished fourth in 22:36.06, Emily Lantzer took fifth in 22:52.60, Isabella Max finished sixth in 22:52.85, Gracie Houtman placed seventh in 22:57.17 and Alisha Esquivel was eighth in 23:47.36. Holton then had the next two spots, with Vanessa Peltoniemi finishing ninth in 24:01.99 and Cassandra Biot taking 10th in 24:20.07. The 11th and 12th places went to White Cloud, with Andrea Feldpausch finishing 11th in 24:38.92 and Kiara Edwards clocking 25:14.73 for 12th. Hesperia had two girls place, with Kaylyn Hasty finishing 26th in a time of 35:46.47 and Abbigayle Hasty was 27th in 40:44.04.