Haven cross country continues to run well

Tribune Staff • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:47 AM

The Bucs’ Justin Pippel was third overall in the boys race, while Claire Borchers placed fourth in the girls competition.

In the team standings, Grand Haven’s boys and girls each placed fourth in the final results — the same finishes they had in two previous league jamborees.

Rockford took first place overall in the boys’ standings, with Hudsonville and Grandville settling for second and third.

“This may be the toughest year in the Red in the last four years,” said Grand Haven coach John Tarr. “Hudsonville and Grandville are great and Rockford has a shot at the state title. We actually have a great team despite finishing fourth. Right now we are eight points out of qualifying for the state meet at regionals and that's a remarkable spot for this team because on Sept. 14th we were 30 points out of third.

“We have a great shot at qualifying for the state meet at regionals if these guys put it all together."

Pippel clocked in at 16 minutes, 08.2 seconds at Thursday’s meet and was narrowly beat out for second.

The Bucs also had Will Swain place 16th overall at 16:56.3.

Other top times for the Bucs came from Ashkii Wilson at 17:11.3; Nick Johnson at 17:12.1; and Turner Sale at 17:25.

The competition is also brutal in the O-K Red for the girls, as four of the top 10 teams in the state rankings hail from the league.

On Tuesday, the Bucs trailed champion Grandville by 16 points in the final standings, 45-61. Rockford was second with 47 points, and Hudsonville placed third with 61.

Head coach Scott Przystas couldn’t complain, as five of his top seven runners set season-best times.

"Our young team does not yet know what they are capable of,” he said.

Borchers’ fourth-place showing was completed in 18:42, while Roxy Glasser broke into the 18-minute range for the first time and placed eighth. Freshman Malea Teerman also knocked 14 seconds off her previous best and finished 14th at 19:16.

Lindy Vallier was 16th at 19:31, and freshman Hannah Kenny broke into the 19-minute range for the first time and placed 22nd at 19:57. Sophomore Mikayla Takas, who was running in her first varsity race, ran a season-best time of 20:24.

Grand Haven now sets its sights on the Division 1 regional at Allendale, which will be held next Saturday.

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