McBain Girls Qualify for State Finals

November 4, 2019

by Ben Murphy
Sports Writer

The McBain cross country teams competed at a division three regional meet at Benzie Central on Saturday. The Lady Ramblers were able to qualify as a team for the state finals thanks to their third-place finish while the boys came up one spot short, finishing fourth.

Hart won the girls side with 19 points, Benzie was second with 50 and the Lady Ramblers tallied 73.

Leading the team was Maggie O’Malley in eighth with a time of 19:43, Reese Ensign was 12th and Brianna Eisenga placed 13th with times of 19:52 and 19:55, Regan Hill ran a 20:09 and was 17th, in 23rd with a time of 20:49 was Megan Taylor, McKenna Gilde finished 31st in a time of 21:14 and Couper Agema was 42nd at 21:45.

Hart also won the boy side with 53 points and Benzie was second with 60. Manistee and McBain both finished with 131 points, however the Ramblers lost the tiebreaker.

The boys did get Connor Murphy to qualify as an individual however, as he finished fifth overall with a time of 16:21. Blake Whetstone finished 20th in a time of 17:30, Kadin Eastway was 33rd and Kyle Pylkas was 34th in times of 18:06 and 18:13, Grayson VerBerkmoes was 39th in a time of 18:32, Bradley Springberg ran an 18:59 to finish 52nd and Cole Ingleright added a 58th place finish in a time of 19:08.

Marion, NMC compete at Shepherd regional; Lanser headed for finals

The Marion and McBain Northern Michigan Christian cross country teams wrapped up their seasons on Friday, when they competed in a division four regional at Shepherd.

The Marion girls came away with a sixth place finish, while the boys didn’t have enough runners for a team score.

The top finisher for the Lady Eagles was Alexis Salisbury, as she finished 28th in a time of 24:10. Sara England was 33rd at 24:45, Chloe Philo was 43rd at 25:57, Nolah Grundy crossed 44th in a time of 25:59, Elizabeth Fouch ran a time of 26:29, Andrea Weaver crossed 49th at 27:46 and Riley Kischnick was 54th in a time of 28:34.

“Finishing out their season and career with a season best time were seniors Salisbury and Kischnick, both have ran since sixth grade and we are incredibly proud and thankful for their efforts, accomplishments and the impact they have had on the program.”

The Marion boys had Aidan Timko and Eric Williams finish 43rd and 44th with times of 20:44 and 20:47, Jordan Wood was 60th at 23:06 and Trey Davis crossed 66th by clocking a 25:57.
“While the boys didn’t finish as a full team, they did accomplish quite a feat,” Keeler said. “Three out of our four boys finished the last two meets with personal best times and our third runner was only off his PR this race by five seconds. Congrats to Aidan, Eric and Trey on finishing with double PRs. We made some progress over the course of the season and look forward to taking an even bigger jump next year.”

The NMC boys took sixth place while the girls were a runner short of a full team.

For the Lady Comets, Makayla Hall crossed the line 18th in a time of 22:26, Ally Krick finished 31st at 24:33, Kate Krick was 38th in a time of 25:22 and Brianna Platz ran a time of 44:30 and was 60th.

Jonas Lanser had the highlight for the boys, qualifying for the state finals with a ninth place finish in a time of 17:46. Bobby Vennema was 32nd in a time of 19:26, Garrett Langton was 38th and Landon Ochampaugh was 39th in times of 19:47 and 19:56, Joshua Byard timed out at 22:33 and was 57th and Jacob Hooher was 64th by running a time of 24:33.

The state finals are Saturday at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn.

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