2017-10-12 / Sports

Heritage runners win own cross country invite

By Lamont Lenar


Heritage hosted its 30th annual cross country invitational on Oct. 7 at Imerman Memorial Park, with 173 runners from 24 schools running in the boys’ varsity race and 114 runners from 21 schools were in the girls’ varsity race, and approximately 1,200 total finishers in all divisions. 
Photo by Lamont Lenar Heritage hosted its 30th annual cross country invitational on Oct. 7 at Imerman Memorial Park, with 173 runners from 24 schools running in the boys’ varsity race and 114 runners from 21 schools were in the girls’ varsity race, and approximately 1,200 total finishers in all divisions. Photo by Lamont Lenar Heritage hosted its 30th annual cross country invitational on Saturday, Oct. 7 at Imerman Park, with approximately 1,200 runners participating in divisions from elementary to high school and in an open run. In the varsity races, 173 runners from 24 schools ran in the boys’ race and 114 runners from 21 schools were in the girls’ race.

The Heritage girls and boys both won their meets for the first time, with the girls’ team getting its first overall win in the race. Rachel Kempf placed second overall with a time of 19:07.19. She had set the school record earlier in the season, running an 18:43 at Huron Meadows Metro Park in Brighton.


Valley Lutheran’s Devin Neuman set a personal record at 19:14.96 in the 30th annual Heritage cross country invitational on Oct. 7 at Imerman Memorial Park. 
Photo by Lamont Lenar Valley Lutheran’s Devin Neuman set a personal record at 19:14.96 in the 30th annual Heritage cross country invitational on Oct. 7 at Imerman Memorial Park. Photo by Lamont Lenar Heritage coach Gary Loubert said the team has improved as the season has gone on with runners continuing to set personal records. He said, “Our goal is for everything to click at the end of the season and things are looking good for that to happen. They’ve been running well and showing signs all season that we will be where we need to be when the time comes.”

Heritage girls’ team times were: Rachel Kempf, 19:07.19, Emma Banning, 19:53.44, Chloe Fry, 20:37.78, Lynsey Amthor, 21:05.45, Emily Stewart, 21:39.06, Kazmira Nalazek, 21:56.98, Amanda Kalkman, 22:12.31, Kasey Klaczkiewicz, 22:34.43, Sarah Campbell, 22:38.44, Hope Weber, 22:51.81, Elizabeth Boyd, 22:56.60, Colleen Miller, 23:01.85, Alexandria Wehner-Bourdow, 23:05.13, and Julia Ketelhut, 23:23.26.


Swan Valley’s Conrad Strecker runs toward the finish line of the 30th annual Heritage cross country invitational on Oct. 7. 
Photo by Lamont Lenar Swan Valley’s Conrad Strecker runs toward the finish line of the 30th annual Heritage cross country invitational on Oct. 7. Photo by Lamont Lenar The Hawk boys are currently ranked seventh in the state with runners improving on their times from last year. Nico Trevino and Nathan Weidman have each dropped a minute from their last year’s times. Nick Sonnenberg was the top Heritage finisher at seventh with a 16:39.02.

Coach Loubert said, “The team runs well as a pack and this pack helps us score low against pretty much anyone, so our unity is certainly one of our greatest strengths.”

Heritage boys team times were: Nick Sonnenberg, 16:39.02, Nathan Weidman, 16:42.52, Michael Fiore, 16:46.52, Nicolas Trevino, 16:52.12, Jacob McDowell, 17:08.50, Brady Neumann, 17:36.68, Andrew Garza, 17:49.27, Jacob Faerber, 17:57.40, William Koepke, 17:59.50, Justin Bentancur, 18:28.22, Zack Maddox, 19:08.38, Tyler Lozano, 19:22.73, and Garrett Hirschenberger, 19:24.65.

The Swan Valley boys’ team placed 15th out of 24 schools, with Andrew Wendler the top Viking finisher at 29 out of 173 with a time of 17:39.43. Swan Valley coach Craig Monahan said the team has a very competitive core for the Viking varsity. The team is currently ranked fourth in the Tri-Valley Conference Central Division.

Swan Valley boys’ team times were: Andrew Wendler, 17:39.43, Conrad Strecker, 19:07.68, Jared Shattuck, 19:52.57, Jacob Ciesloa, 20:44.46, Nathan Piwowarski, 20:53.84, Wyatt Schalk, 21:09.03, and Parker Coates, 22:26.77.

The Swan Valley girls had just three runners in the event. Coach Monahan said, “The girls’ team has consistently improved and looks to make a good showing at the last TVC Central Jamboree Oct. 10.”

The Swan Valley girls’ team times were: Emily Buska, 22:17.24, Yina Todd, 25:45.81, and Paige Catlin, 27:02.92.

The Valley Lutheran boys’ team placed 20th in the meet, with Charger coach Renee Brenner stating, “Although we came in 20th out of 24 teams, many of our guys set personal records.” Devin Neumann finished with the time of 19:14.96 set a personal record and placed 18th in the small schools division.

Valley Lutheran boys team times were : Devin Neumann, 19:14.96, Jacob Streeter, 20:10.37, Matthew Lemanski, 21:01.48, Colton Cancelli, 21:06.91, Ian Schoenmeyer, 21:15.83, Josh O’Laughlin, 21:58.09, Brendan McDonald, 22:39.13, and Elijah Feinauer, 32:44.06.

The Valley Lutheran girls’ team also placed 20th. Coach Brenner said all the girls ran well, noting that several set personal records.

She also said, “I’m pleased with the season so far. The kids are steady and faithful with their work ethic and are gradually improving their times, and although we have no state qualifying runners this year, we do have some developing talent and I’m excited to see what the future may bring with more hard work and experience.”

Valley Lutheran girls’ team times were: Caytie Miller, 24:02.61, Katherine Weber, 24:59.05, Madison Town, 25:05.03, Emily Starke, 25:33.23, Robin Rodriguez, 26:04.17, Mackenzie Town, 26:13.83, Mackenzie Bernreuter, 26:26.32, Lindsay Hagenow, 27:35.54, Madison Fehn, 28:32.06, Dayna Gesinski, 28:57.26, and Allison Lemanski, 35:25.89.

The Nouvel Catholic Central boys’ team placed 22nd in the race, with Chris Lemanek the highest Panther finisher at 19:58.78.

Nouvel coach Peter Bartels said the team’s season is off to a great start, with Sergio Molinar (19:03 season best), Joe Bartels (19:54), rookie T.J. Raedy (19:55), and Chris Lemanek (19:36) all medaling this season. He also said he is looking forward to the regional meet in Harbor Beach, adding, “It’s a fast course, and we’re looking for personal records at regionals.”

Nouvel boys’ team times were: Chris Lemanek, 19:58.78, Joe Bartels, 21:03.84, TJ Raedy, 21:34.35, Joey Messana, 23:04.66, Colton McRae, 24:05.11, and Nathan Wardin, 31:56.10

The Nouvel girls’ team had one runner in the race. Cecilia Gross finished 88th out of 114 with a time of 23:52.58.

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