Clare Boys Win Final Invite of Season

The Clare boys’ cross country team took a conservative approach to the

Late Season Warrior Invite hosted by Chippewa Hills on October 22,

and still came away with a first place showing.  Clare won with 27 points.

Newaygo landed runner-up with 41 points.

“This was a no-pressure meet,” said coach Adam Burhans.  “The guys

always have a way of running well when no pressure is attached to

them.  I just sort of sat back and watched things play out.  In the end,

we sort of jogged and still won our division.  It was a nice tune-up

before Regionals.”

Paving the way for the Pioneers was Brandon Frank in 3rd, 17:46; Tanner

Vida in 5th, 17:48; Kam Hawley in 6th with a new PR of 17:55; Jonathan

Harper in 8th, 18:00; and Jake McFadden in 10th, 18:13.

Also setting new career PR’s was Matt Alpin and Riley Crawford, who

both ran 18:58; Kyler Phillips, who ran 19:21; and Merlin Seifert, who ran

19:42.

The Pioneers next compete at the Regional, which is hosted by Delta

College on October 29.

Said Burhans, “We’re simply going to have to run our fastest times

of the year to beat Hemlock for the title.  Plain and simple.  This is

what it all comes down to: who wants it more.  These are two

great teams, and it’s going to be tight.  The time to dig deep is now.”