Clare distance runners place at state meet- Harrison’s Colville is 5th

Hunter Nivison on the podium

Hunter Nivison on the podium

Clare junior Hunter Nivison ran to a fifth place finish in the 3200 meter run at the division three state finals at Comstock Park on Saturday, running a time of 9:43.96.

“I couldn’t be more happy with Hunter,” Clare boys’ head coach Adam Burhans said. “He ran a very controlled and tactical race. We’ve been discussing this race for a long time and what needed to be done. HE just flat out went out there and did it. He’s been one of the top runners in the state across the board all year. His all-state performance in cross country proved that. Now, his all-state circle is complete as he earns this nod in track. I’m highly proud of him.”

Nivison set a school record for juniors, and is fifth fasted in school history.

“He continues to set high goals for himself as he is a selfless leader and this in turn is infectious among his teammates who can’t wait to get out and start running through the summer,” Burhands said.

Jake Boynton competed for Clare in the shot-put, tossing a distance of 48-9 for 11th place.

“I truly felt for Jake,” Burhans said. “He wanted to do better. He’s been a solid senior leader all year and his work ethic has been passed down to some pretty impressionable young and talented throwers coming through the system. He, above anyone on this team was our go to guy in many events when we needed points and his presence will be sorely missed.”

For the girls’ team, Victoria Harper ran a time of 11:44 in the 3200, coming in sixth place to earn all-state honors as well.
“Harper came into the race ranked 18th out of 30 girls, but with her determination and competitive spirit, ran the race of her life,” girls’ head coach Kyle McKown said.

Harrison senior Brooke Colville also competed, placing fifth in the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 15.70.

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