By Craig Beilfuss
BROOKLYN–The Mason County Eastern Cardinals boys’ cross country team finished their season with a seventh-place finish at the MHSAA Division 4 state finals on Saturday morning which was held at the Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn.
The Pentwater Falcons boys team came in 16th.
Wyoming Potter’s House captured the boys championship with a score of 35 points. They were followed by Johannesburg-Lewiston with 100 points and Petoskey St. Michael came in third place with 152.
Mason County Eastern finished with 263 points while Pentwater had 405.
Mason County Eastern senior finished his Cardinal career with an 18th-place finish. He finished with a time of 17:03.02
Other top runners for MCE included sophomore Alex Tyndall (54th), junior Luke Niedzielski (99th), junior Peter Hybza (118th) and sophomore Henry Malburg (150th).
Top runners for Pentwater included junior Abe VanDuinen (35th), junior Mitchel Daniels (110th), sophomore Kaleb Brown (112th), senior James Davis (176th) and freshman Wyatt Roberts (187th).
Other top runners from the Local Sports Journal coverage area included Muskegon Catholic juniors Jacob Lyonnais (91st) and Owen Lyonnais (96th).
In the girls’ division, Johannesburg-Lewiston took home the state title 118 points. They were followed by Hillsdale Academy with 151 points and Whitmore Lake with 192.
Top individual runners from the area included freshman Lauren Niedzielski (Mason County Eastern/26th), sophomore Lucy Shoup (Mason County Eastern/27th), sophomore Ava Wilson (Fruitport Calvary Christian/84th), senior Cally Camara (Muskegon Catholic/95th), junior Olivia Wing (Mason County Eastern/111th) and senior Vanessa Peltoniemi (Holton/156th).