Benzie Invitational Cross Country Meet
The BL/OHS Boys started the XC
season this morning at Benzie Central under an overcast sky, no wind,
humid air and temperatures in the 60's. At the firing of the gun the
Cross Country season was started at 9:00 a.m. with Div 3 and 4 boys.
Nick Swisher moved out into first place and didn't give up his position
during the whole race. Nick came in first place overall with a
time of 17:04, 23 seconds ahead of 2nd place runner Kevin Oblinger
from Kingsley with a time of 17:27. Team scores were Hesperia 1st with
40 points, BL/OHS 2nd with 47 points, McBain 3rd with 87 points.
Mt. Pleasant Scared Heart Academy 4th and MCE was 5th with 104 points
out of 13 teams. BL/OHS received the runner up trophy. The top 30
runners got medals out of 61 runners. Congratulation boys on a good
start to the season.
The Order of finish for our BL/OHS boys was
1st place Senior Nick Swishers 17:04 Medal
8th place 8th Chuck Schoedel 18:09 Medal
11th place Junior Jordan Maxey 18:24 Medal
14th place Soph. John Evans 18:39 Medal
19th place Soph. Jared Llewellyn 19:15 Medal
48th place Soph. Ian Smith 21:10
50th place Freshmen Danny Brown 21:25 ( Danny's first
Couple simple facts: In Cross Country it takes 5 runners to have a team to score for team points. You can have up to 7 runners run, but the first 5 to cross the finish line count for team score and the low score wins the meet.
Our varsity girls did a great
job today tying for 1st place. Unfortunately they lost the tie breaker
as they use the 6th girl to cross the finish line and that was a
Kingsley girl. The order of finish was Kingsley 1st with 57
points, BL/OHS 2nd with 57 points, Mt Pleasant Scared Heart Academy 3rd
with 77 points, MCE 4th with 94 points and Hesperia 5th with 95 points
out of 13 teams. The top 30 girls got medal out of a total of 60
runners. Our BL/OHS received a 2nd place trophy. Congratulation girls.
The order of finish for our BL/OHS girls was:
6th place Sophomore Brenna Miller 21:54 Medal
11th Place Sophomore Anna Veverica 23:07.4 Medal
12th place Sophomore Shelby Sidor 23:07.7 Medal
17th place Senior Ronnie Maidens 23:30 Medal
43rd place Freshman Katie Alkire 26:25
53rd place Sophomore Alexis Callaway 27:25
Due to the rain and lighting that moved into the area the Girls and Boys JV race was cancelled. Scheduled to run today for BL/OHS boys was Senior Donovan Alkire, Senior Nick Schmoke, Junior Justin Zupin and Junior Mark Markiewicz. They will have to wait until next Wednesday at Manton to show what they can do. Manton is a different race where the 9th & 10th grade and 11th & 12th grade run then they take the top 2 from each group and the third best time from either group to get their score.
Reporter, Dennis Zupin
girls, boys second at Benzie meet
BENZONIA — Brenna Miller and Nick Swisher led the Bear Lake/Onekama girls and boys cross country teams to second place finishes in the Red Division at the Benzie Central Invitational on Saturday.
Miller was sixth overall for the Laker girls, in a time of 21 minutes and 54.9 seconds. Swisher took first place overall with his time of 17:04.8.
“We have a lot of new girls on the team this year, so this was really exciting for them to do so well,” Laker girls cross country coach Kelly Schultz said in a telephone interview.
“Fortunately, we got the race in just before it started to rain. Then we got thunder and lightning, so the organizers decided to cancel the junior varsity part of the competition.”
Anna Veverica followed Miller across the finish line for the Lakers in 11th place overall with a time of 23:07.4, while Shelby Sidor came in right on her heels with a time of 23:07.9 for 12th place.
Ronnie Maidens was next in for the Lakers, finishing 17th overall in a time of 23:30.3. Katie Alkire finished 43rd overall with a time of 26:25.7, and Alex Callaway was 53rd overall in a time of 27:25.5.
“We actually tied Kingsley for first place (57-57), but lost it on the sixth runner’s time,” Schultz said. “That was an incredible performance, because the Does are always a strong team in cross country.
“I know it’s early, and this was only our first competition, but I really think the girls are going to have a good year. We have some good athletes, and they’re all working hard to improve their times.”
Following behind Swisher for the Laker boys was Chuck Schoedel, who finished in eighth place with a time of 18:09. Jordan Maxey was 11th overall in a time of 18:24, John Evans placed 14th with a time of 18:39.6, while Jaron Llewellyn took the 19th spot with a time of 19:15.
Ian Smith finished 48th in a time of 21:10.2, and Danny Brown was 50th in a time of 21:25.8.
“I thought our top five runners did a nice job of staying in a tight group,” Laker boys cross country coach Dal Townsend said. “We lost to Hesperia by seven points (40-47, low score winning), and it is one of ... if not the ... best teams in the state.”
Justin Ely of Brethren finished third overall in the Red Division boys race with a time of 17:30.9. Blair Nelson was 21st in a time of 19:25.2, Vincent Wiliams was 23rd in a time of 19:28.2, and Jordan Ely took 34th in a time of 20:12.6.
For the Bobcat girls, Jaimee Mackey finished in 24th place with a time of 24:34.1 and Rachel O’Keefe was 45th in a time of 26:28.4.
Bear Lake/Onekama and Brethren both compete in the Manton Invitational on Wednesday.
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