The South Christian Cross Country Teams traveled to the Gainey Complex to take on the Eagles of Grand Rapids Christian on Saturday, September 19. It was a cold and frosty morning, but dry conditions, a new course configuration, and intense training the past few weeks led to numerous season-best times and career-best times for 40 athletes!
The top five Sailor men all crossed the finish line under 18 minutes! The men’s team was led once again by senior Ethan Luurtsema who was the first Sailor to cross the line with a personal record of 17:15. Caleb Boes was in the second spot for SCXC with a time of 17:21, ran a personal record as well. Senior Hendrik Nykamp was 3rd across the line for South Christian with a PR time of 17:22, besting his previous PR time by 39 seconds! Sam Westra, in the 4th position, also clocked a personal record time of 17:24. Lucas VanDam rounded out the top 5 finishers for the men in 17:51, a season-best time.
The women’s team also raced extremely competitively. The top five ladies all finished with times well under 22 minutes. The Lady Sailors were led by Abby Winkle who crossed the line in 20:33, a season-best time. Mallory Huttenga was next across the line with a personal record of 20:44. Moriah Lanning posted a season-best time, finishing in the 3rd position for the Lady Sailors with a time of 21:00. Ellia Agar finished 4th with a time of 21:04, personal-best time as well. Emily Langerak rounded out the top five for the women with a season-best time of 21:09.
Full meet results can be found at https://www.athletic.net/CrossCountry/meet/177608/results.