The Grand Haven girls cross country team took on some of the top teams in the state at the MSU Spartan Invite on Friday.
Running in the Spartan Elite race, the Buccaneers placed 17th out of 30 teams.
Leading the way for the Bucs was senior Claire Borchers with an 11th-place overall finish in 18 minutes, 22 seconds — her fastest time since her freshman year.
Malea Teerman (20:02), Roxy Glasser (20:25), Hannah Kenny (20:35) and Mckenna Mahacek (20:55) rounded out the scoring for Grand Haven.
The Buccaneers’ boys turned in 32 personal-best times against the top teams in the state and placed 27th out of 28 teams.
“I always put us in the Elite race because I want the guys to have a sense of reality about where they are and where we have to go,” coach John Tarr said. “We ran really well, in fact our team average this year was 17:29 compared to 17:30 last year. I’m pleased with our effort, but it was a good example of why we need to keep training hard and well.”
Scoring for the Buccaneers were Andrew Tafelski (17:23), Kyle Funk (17:24), Brent Petersen (17:27), Joe Sherman (17:32), and Jordan Diephouse (17:37).
John Miles ran a time of 17:47, and Austin Bessinger came in at 17:59 — both personal-best times.
“I was especially impressed with Tafelski, Funk and Petersen. All three boys got out hard and ran tough in the end,” Tarr said. “These guys give me a lot of confidence that we will be a great team in the end.”
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