The South Christian Cross Country teams traveled to Riverside Park in downtown Grand Rapids to compete in the Bengal Invitational on Friday, October 9. The top 14 SC men and top 14 SC women had the opportunity to race against some of the top runners from across the state. The athletes were met with warm temperatures and a strong breeze at race time, but the Sailor athletes showed grit and determination despite the less-than-favorable conditions.
The Sailor varsity men’s team competed against 9 other area schools. The boys varsity team finished in 7th place with 171 points, just 2 points behind a very competitive Ottawa Hills team. The varsity boys were led by Sam Westra who finished in 28th place (17:35.3), followed by Ethan Luurtsema in 32nd place (17:45), and Caleb Boes in 35th place with a time of 17:58. Lucas VanDam and Hendrik Nykamp finished in the 40th and 41st places with times of 18:09 and 18:14 to make up the remaining varsity score.
The varsity ladies competed against 6 other teams and earned a score of 140 points. The Lady Sailors were led by senior Moriah Lanning, finishing in the 19th spot with a season-record time of 20:52. Mallory Huttenga, next across the line, finished in the 26th position with a time of 21:16. Emily Langerak was the 3rd finisher for the Sailors in the 33rd position, with a time of 21:34. Brooklyn Springvloed and Sarah Lanning made up the remaining varsity score, running times of 21:51 and 21:52.
The boys junior varsity team placed 3rd out of 9 teams with a score of 93 points. Leading the way for the JV boys was Joseph VanderKooi in the 9th spot, with a personal record time of 18:43. He was followed by Roman Caulk, who also ran a personal record time of 19:02 and finished in 13th place. Caleb Devries (19:10, 17th place), Jared Winkle (19:32, 24th place), and Ethan Koeman (19:58, 29th place) also contributed to the final JV score.
The girls junior varsity team took the win with a score of just 29 points. Sophomore Halle Overmire led the way for the JV girls, finishing in 2nd place with a time of 21:11, a season record. Lydia Tolsma finished in the 4th place spot with a time of 21:51 and Carly Meulenberg finished in 7th with a time of 22:16. Kelsey Harkema (22:19, 9th place) and Jada VanTol (22:22, 11th place) made up the remaining JV score.
Full meet results can be found at https://www.athletic.net/CrossCountry/meet/173896/results.