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GH and SL compete at MSU cross country invitational

Tribune Staff • Sep 17, 2016 at 1:09 AM

The Spring Lake and Grand Haven boys and girls cross country teams competed in the Spartan Invitational at Michigan State University on Friday morning. The Spring Lake boys led the tri-city representation with a first-place team finish in the Division 2-3 race, their female compatriots finished 17th out of 43 teams.

The Grand Haven boys placed 17th out of the 39 “Spartan Elite” schools, while the girls finished 12th of 41.

The Spring Lake boys team took their victory after 5,000-meters with 126 points. Andrew Hylen led the way with a sixth-place finish overall and a time of 16 minutes, 39 seconds. Cameron Thalhammer was the next Laker finisher at 27th place with a time of 17:23, just ahead of Matt Schmidt, Henok Ghirmay and Ben Hylen who crossed the finish line in 31st, 32nd and 33rd.

The Spring Lake girls team finished with 420 points to take home 17th in the Division 2-3 race on Friday.

Maggie Cooper took the highest finish at 59th place, clocking in at 21:16. She was followed closely by teammate Taylor Rebone, who took 63rd in a time of 21:20. Julia Bajt rounded out Spring Lakes’ top-100 runs with an 89th place finish at 21:45. Just outside of the top-100 was Spring Lake’s fourth finisher Maddy Windberg who earned 105th overall with a time of 21:58. Annie Cooper finished off the Lakers team top-five finishing 120th overall in a time of 22:21.

Grand Haven XC finishes 12th in girls race, 17th in boys

The Grand Haven teams competed in the Spartan Elite 5,000-meter races against premiere division one programs from Michigan and Ohio. The girls finished 12th as a team with 409 points.

Gabby Hentemann took home the girl’s highest individual finish at 17th overall clocking in just under 19-minutes at 18:57. Eliza Lowe was the next Bucs finisher at 65th in 19:58, while Emily Mattson finished 88th at 20:21.

The boys team took home 17th overall and captured their highest individual finish in the race since 2010. Jack Nicholson had that honor, as he finished in 16:00 and 10th place overall.

“Jack ran close to a perfect race today,” said Grand Haven boys Coach John Tarr. “He ran a great race and out himself among the best runners in the state.”

Quentin Couvelaire finished second for the Buccaneers in 17:11, followed by Dominic Hentemann who ran his best race of the year at 17:13. Aidan Martin clocked in at 17:28 just ahead of Eric Johnson at 17:31. Dominic Weatherwax and Tom Stock rounded out the Bucs boys bunch with a dead tie at 17:52.

SL golf wins big at Kenowa Hills

The Spring Lake girls golf team was firing on all cylinders on Friday at the Kenowa Hills Invitational.

The Lakers carded a 307 to win the event by 35 strokes. Forest Hills Center finished second with a 342, while Grand Rapids NorthPointe Christian finished third with a 353.

Senior Anna Kramer took medalist honors with a 69 to lead Spring Lake, while senior Jaedyn Shelton added a 78. Jackie Olszewski (79) and Madelyn Nelson (81) rounded out the scoring for the Lakers.

The team shot a 149 on the front nine, which tied a school record.

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