Personal bests clocked at Clare Invitational
By Ben Murphy
The Clare varsity cross country teams hosted its own invitational on Wednesday, bringing in several teams from the area. In this meet, individual grades are grouped together to run races, so no team score is kept.
“We were very excited with the improvement that our kids were able to make today,” Clare girls head coach Kyle McKown said. “Nearly all athletes ran personal best times on the season, showing how hard they have been working. The grade level races are a fun way of letting athletes only compete against their own grade and the format is a good change of pace from the other meets that we go to.”
In the senior race Hunter Nivison was the top finisher coming in second with a time of 17:46, Victoria Harper was 12th at 20:31, Robyn Stanley was 22nd at 24:11 and Natalie Fedewa was 29th at 29:11.
In the junior race Clare was led by Kevin Spicer-Torres with a second place finish and time of 17:46, Jayda Sykora was 13th at 21:21, Mike Wertheimer was 17th at 21:44 and Olivia Walworth was 42nd at 29:07.
Clare took the top two spots in the sophomore race, getting a one-two finish from Chase Field (19:32) and Nick Wertheimer (19:42). Crossing next for Clare was Madison McPhee in 17th with a time of 24:14, Sam Gray was 25th at 25:09, Megan Sheredy was 29th at 26:01, Jillian Pappas was 39th at 28:16, Bethanie Jones came in 40th at 28:17 and Hannah Bauman was 46th at 28:53.
In the freshmen race Ben Haupt was the top Clare finisher, coming in third with a time of 19:41, Jasmine Harper was sixth at 19:54, Holly Pummell was 14th at 21:42, Hannah Brown was 28th at 24:22, Scotty Baldwin was 30th at 24:47, Makenzie Harmon was 31st at 24:48, Sarah Gray was 38th at 26:01, Alexis Harton was 45th at 27:11 and Ashley Boulis was 46th at 27:24.
Jimmy Teall won the 1.25 mile eighth grade race with a time of 7:13, Noah Nivison was fifth at 7:56, Natalle Kunse was 18th at 8:31, JJ Gross was 22nd at 8:46, Ellie Kaechelle was 33rd at 9:32, Hannah Showers was 40th at 10:09, Kiara Glowniak was 47th at 10:57 and Amanda Calkins was 52nd at 11:12.
A cluster of runners finished at the top of the seventh grade race for Clare, those being Jayce Miller, Aidan Boyd and Lainey Veenkant in third, fourth and fifth places and times of 8:05, 8:07 and 8:09.
Another trio of Pioneer runners finished 16th, 17th and 18th those being Olivia Haring, Charlie Brown and Dylan Morrish with times of 8:44, 8:45 and 8:49. Leah Denton came in next in 46th at 11:37, Desiree Coe was 48th at 11:39, Elisabeth Vanderbrook was next in 49th at 11:39, Cecilia Gray placed 52nd at 12:14, Madison Smith was 54th at 13:11, Dallas Witbeck was 55th at 14:03, Madison Potter placed 58th at 15:11 and Emma Kuhlman was 59th at 16:28.
In the fifth and sixth grade race, Clare’s Ashlyn Miller was the winner, running a time of 8:49. Kameron Haag placed 10th at 9:51, Alison Rawson finished 11th at 9:54, Jenna Betts was 13th, Katherine Haupt was 14th, Nicole Taylor was 15th and Autumn Warner was 16 with times of 10:09, 10:14, 10:19 and 10:33. Payton Pace was 19th at 11:15, Lexie Lapoe was 21st at 11:19, Malorie Harmon placed 26th at 11:56, Katherine Brandon was 29th at 13:17 and Kelsie Warner was 31st at 14:05.
Clare runs again at the Bullock Creek Lancer Invitational on Saturday and are at the Meridian Invitational on Sept. 11.