Pack mentality leads to Grand Haven girls cross country victory

The Grand Haven girls team had seven of the top 10 runners at Wednesday’s Don Anderson Invitational, giving the Buccaneers a first-place finish over Holland Black River, Grand Rapids Covenant Christian and Coopersville.
Nich Wolak
Sep 4, 2014

“I can’t be more proud of that,” said coach Scott Przystas. “On your home course, trying to defend that home turf is always fun. It’s not a fast course. We just look (like) we’re running together and improving — looking strong and running strong.

“We always want to compete. Compete with the person next to us, and it looks like we’re doing that. We’re kind of getting some separation between our varsity runners and our non-varsity runners. It’s good to see.”

Junior Hannah Kenny was the top finisher for Grand Haven, coming in third with a time of 21 minutes, 24 seconds.

Kenny wasn’t alone for long, as five of the next six finishers (and 17 of the next 21) were Buccaneers.

Audrey Boersen (21:28), Rachel Sedgewick (21:36), Eliza Lowe (22:48), Mikayla Takas (22:51), Mikayla Rowden (23:09) and Courtney Hylok (23:15) all finished in the top 10 for Grand Haven. 

“It’s good to see that,” said Przystas, who eventually would like the split between runner No. 1 and 7 shrink even further from Wednesday’s 1:27. “We always talk about packs, and ‘packs’ is going to be our key term this year. How close can we get to one another, while still pushing? Watch our times go down together and as a team. I think it says a lot about the team itself.”

Being the top runner is a new experience for Kenny, who was behind graduated Bucs Claire Borchers, Roxy Glasser and sister Lanie the past two seasons.

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