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Clare junior high runners win

The Clare junior high cross country runners swept the Jack Pine Conference jamboree at Houghton Lake High School Wednesday with several dominating performances.

Lainey Veenkant won the meet with a time of 13:00, Natalee Kunse was second and Olivia Harang was third with times of 14:37 and 14:53.

Ellie Kaechelle was seventh at 16:15, Leah Denton was ninth at 16:21, Desiree Coe placed 10th at 16:28, Elisabeth Vanderbrook was 14th at 17:56 and Dallas Witbeck placed 17th at 19:17. Madison Smith, Amanda Calkins, Emma Kuhlman and Madison Potter took 22nd through 25th with times of 20:32, 21:00, 23:55 and 23:59.

The boys won as well, behind a first place run by Jimmy Teal with a time of 12:07. Noah Nivison was third at 12:34, Jayce Miller was sixth at 13:31, Aidan Boyd was 10th at 13:50, JJ Gross was 17th at 14:36, Charlie Brown was 18th at 14:41 and Dylan Morrish was 19th with a time of 14:49.

“I was impressed with our junior high team,” boys’ coach Adam Burhans said. “It was their second jamboree win of the season, and I was very proud of Jimmy Teall’s second consecutive win in the conference. I was extremely impressed with the rest of the runners like Noah Nivison, Jayce Miller, and Aidan Boyd, all of whom finished in the top 10. Charlie Brown, JJ Gross, and Dylan Morrish also ran some gutsy performances as well.”

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