Area Teams Compete at Cross Country Regionals

November 4, 2019

by Ben Murphy
Sports Writer

Clare runs at Shepherd; Lady Pioneers, two boys advance to finals

The Clare cross country team began the post-season at the division three Shepherd regional on Friday. The Lady Pioneers were able to punch their ticket to the state finals with a second place finish, while the boys had to settle for two individual qualifiers after finishing in fifth as a team.
Shepherd won the girls side with 31 points, with Clare taking second with 65.

Kameron Haag, Riley Schroeder and Katherine Haupt all had top-15 finishes, as they came sixth, ninth and 12th respectively, running times of 19:53, 20:05 and 20:11. Sofiah Coker was 19th in a time of 20:33, Hattie Veenkant was 21st at 20:35, Abby Leigh was 23rd at 20:56 and Allie Boyd was 58th in a time of 24:16.

Caro won the boys side with 49 points, Shepherd was second with 68, Meridian took third with 81, Hemlock finished fourth with 126 and Clare tallied 136 to come in fifth.

The boys did get Kaleb Schroeder and William Bell to qualify for the state finals however, as they finished 11th and 14th in times of 17:19 and 17:33. Cole McMillan was 36th in a time of 18:39, Ted Bell was 44th at 18:54, Anthony Taylor was 47th at 18:57, Dakota Smith was 53rd at 19:21 and Hunter Blain finished 54th with a time of 19:25.

The state finals are Saturday at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn.

Harrison, Farwell compete at Benzie

Harrison and Farwell also competed in a division three regional, with their runs taking place at Benzie Central on Saturday. The girls race saw Farwell place ninth and Harrison 13th while the boys side had Harrison finish 13th and Farwell place 15th.

On the girls side, Farwell was led by Raini Sponseller in 47th place in a time of 21:54, Kierstin Fouts was 56th at 22:43, Remi Sponseller crossed 58th by running a 23:00, Melanie Hall was 65th and Alana Gaskill was 66th in a time of 23:30 and Jassmine Warner finished 75th by running a time of 24:29.

The Lady Hornets had Haley Cooper place 36th in a time of 21:27, Aliona Heber was in at 55th at 22:40, with a time of 27:02 and in 89th was Ellen Larsen, Sophie Navarro was 93rd at 29:31 and Asta Pederson was 94th at 30:07.

On the boys side, the Eagles had Mason Cotter come in 51st in a time of 18:59, Kyle frost placed 70th at 19:48, Mason Thormeier was 88th at 21:16, Maverick Blain was 92nd at 22:27 and in 95th was Scott Juntunen-Scheaffer in a time of 25:53.

The Hornets had Travis Taylor run a time of 18:54 and finished 47th, Josh Jones was 67th at 19:47, Lucas Brainard was 77th at 20:10, Hunter Tessner was 80th at 20:12 and Dakota Lawrence was 86th in a time of 21:01.

Coleman runs in Shepherd D4 race

The Coleman cross country teams put a wrap on their seasons as well, running Friday in Shepherd in the division four race. The girls team didn’t have enough for a team score while the boys were able to finish up seventh.

The girls had Kaylee Aultman, Lexus Baker and Lexi Aultman compete, finishing 19th, 50th and 59th with times of 22:51, 27:53 and 32:04.

The boys had Noah Haskell lead the way in 23rd in a time of 18:48, Jack Wiggins was 26th at 19:11, Cole Aultman finished 48th by running a 21:11, Shane Templeman ran a 21:18 and was 50th, Hunter Fausett was 56th at 22:31, AJ Simon was 59th at 22:40 and Spencer Brownlee was 62nd by clocking a 23:45.

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