Haven cross country 2nd at Ottawa County Invite

Tribune Staff • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:46 AM

Senior Justin Pippel once again was the fastest Buccaneers finisher, as he placed sixth overall in a time of 16 minutes, 40 seconds. Freshman Ashkii Wilson was the second Grand Haven finisher, as he clocked in at a personal best 17:07.

“Conditions with the rain, cold and mud made running horrible today, so our times not really reflect the effort our guys put in,” said Grand Haven coach John Tarr. “Nevertheless, both freshmen Wilson and (Jordan) Diephouse recorded a personal record.”

After Wilson, the Bucs’ other top finishers were Tuner Sale (17:08), Will Swain (17:14), Nick Johnson (17:20), Diephouse (17:20). Also turning in a personal best was the Bucs’ seventh finisher, Andrew Tafelski, at 17:29.

Grand Haven’s junior varsity team came out on top, as they were led by John Miles and Gerrit Knopf.

Grand Haven’s girls also endured through rainy and cold conditions to take second at the event. Hudsonville took top honors with 36 points, while the Bucs managed 56.

Roxy Glasser led the Bucs by placing sixth overall in a time of 19:13. A season-best effort of 19:30 also propelled freshman Malea Teerman to a seventh-place finish.

The Bucs’ Lindy Vallier placed 11th, while Mikayla Rowden set a season personal best with a time of 19:55.

“To have five girls under 20 minutes and a sixth at 20:01 will be valuable with the final conference jamboree and regionals just over a week away,” said Grand Haven coach Scott Przystas. “Malea ran very hard in the rain and wind. It paid off with a season best time. She is getting better each week at pusing herself in workouts.”

Grand Haven rested a couple of girls in preparation for the final O-K Red meet, which will be held Thursday at Riverside Park in Grand Rapids.

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