Prep roundup: GH equestrian finishes runner-up at state finals

Tribune Staff • Oct 16, 2016 at 11:45 PM

After opening this weekend’s Division B state championships with a lead, the Grand Haven equestrian team couldn’t quite finish its attempt at back-to-back state titles on Sunday at the Midland County Fairgrounds.

The Buccaneers finished with 291 points, 22 points behind Oxford for the Division B state title. Traverse City St. Francis finished third (239), Midland finished fourth (225) and Bullock Creek finished fifth (203).

Fruitport finishes 9th in Division C

The Fruitport equestrian team recorded 112 points at the Division C state championships to finish ninth out of 10 teams.

Bridgman recorded 228 points to take top team honors, while Whitemore Lake finished runner-up (213) and Holland Christian finished third (208).

Young Bucs runners get crack at varsity race

In preparation for the O-K Red Conference Championship Meet on Thursday Grand Haven cross-country coach John Tarr gave his JV runners a chance to run varsity at the Kent-Ottawa County Championship Meet on Saturday.

The young guns ran a competitive race on the campus of Calvin College, finish fourth in the county portion of the meet.

Andrew Ireland led the squad clocking a 17 minute, 12.3 second 5,000-meter race, earning him ninth place overall.

“Andrew is new to cross-country this year and he’s been dropping 30 seconds off his times all season,” said Coach Tarr. “He is going to be a great one.”

Ireland was trailed by his teammates Nathan Wolffis at 17:38 and Caleb Borns in 17:42; both earned varsity medals in their race.

Rounding out the scoring team for the Bucs was Kyle Eveland pacing a 17:46 and Max Sepeshy who finished in 18:22. Ben Ingall and Jake Phillips also raced varsity, clocking 18:31 and 18:40, respectively.

“This is a great group of runners, most of whom would be in our varsity seven most years,” coach Tarr added. “These guys would be varsity runners on most teams in the area.”

In the county JV race Keegan Langeler (18:38), Brody Houle (18:35) and Jared Franke (18:43) all recorded personal records.

Overall the team recorded 19 season personal bests on a wet course.

GH girls XC takes county title

The Grand Haven girls cross-country team took the cake at the Kent-Ottawa county championship meet on Saturday. The Bucs ran five first-time varsity runners to take the title over West Ottawa by six points.

Juniors Julia Drabcyk (20:25) and Emily Mattson (20:27) led the Bucs taking third and fourth place overall.

Haylee Ray (20:36), Jenna Ray (20:55) and Marlie Fraser (21:36) rounded out the scoring team for Grand Haven.

“Over the last few races, our 5-8 runners have varied, so I gave them all a shot today to see who could go out and perform. Julia (Drabcyk) and Emily (Mattson) ran great races; Julia’s was a lifetime best by about eight seconds on a slow sloppy course. I was happy to see Haylee (Ray), Jenna (Ray) and Marlie (Fraser) up there as well.

The Bucs finish up their season with the O-K Red Conference Championship on Thursday before competing at regionals on Oct. 29.

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