By Ben Murphy
The Clare varsity cross country teams competed at the Benzie Central Invitational on Saturday, coming in 11th place in the big school division.
“It feels middle of the pack, but it’s a good middle considering the schools we were up against,” boy’s head coach Adam Burhans said. “As always, we’re one of the smallest schools in this division, so I’m happy with where we finished. It’s a good indicator early that we’re heading in the right direction. When you have the right mindset, you’ll always run faster against faster competition.”
Hunter Nivison led the way for the Pioneers, coming in with a time of 16:33, Lucas Combs had a time of 17:38, Kevin Spicer-Torres ran an 18:58, Riley Crawford had a time of 19:50, Brock demo had a 20:29, Mike Wertheimer had a 22:57 and Nick Wertheimer had a 25:05.
“All nine of the boys ran career or course personal records,” Burhans said. “It’s a good start.”
The Clare girl’s finished 10th at the invite, with Victoria Harper coming in 19th and Lindsay Winter coming in 26th. Harper had a time of 20:12 with Winter timing in at 20:31. Robyn Stanley came in 70th with a time of 22:32, Saide Phillips came in 72nd at 22:45, Melissa Benchley came in 87th at 23:33, Madison McPhee had an 89th place finish and time of 23:35 and Sam Gray came in 100th at 24:22.
Clare hosted its own Invitational on Wednesday and runs at Meridian Sept. 4.