Hemlock boys cross country places third at Division 3 state meet

Hemlock boys cross country places third at Division 3 state meet

Provided by Sean Lutz | The Saginaw News

BROOKLYN — Hemlock finished in third place at the Division 3 state meet Saturday, capping off a season in which the Huskies won the Tri-Valley Conference Central. It’s Hemlock’s highest finish since 2002. The Huskies top seven runners are all seniors.

“They’ve been together since sophomore year,” Hemlock boys coach George Drown said. “They’ve reinstated their legacy. They have paved the ways for the boys coming up and show them that hard work pays off.”

Jaime Keck (16:49.4), Cody Clark (17:03.4), Chris Berger (17:08.6), Evan Oldenburg (17:12.4), Chance Lisik (17:16.5), Peter Kariuki (18:14.4) and Nick Kaufman (18:43.0) all contributed to the finish in their final high school cross country races.

“It was a better finish than I thought we would have,” Drown said. “We went up against a lot of great local teams. To be able to have six teams in the top 12 says a lot about how good our area is.”

Keck’s time earned him 38th place. Hemlock finished with 195 points, behind only Grandville Calvin Christian and Lansing Catholic. Chesaning finished in fifth and Clare sixth as teams.

Frankenmuth senior Eric Edmond earned all-state honors with a 20th-place finish. He crossed the line with a time of 16:25.3. Shepherd’s Kurtis Hall (19th), Clare’s Jonathan Harper (24th), Ithaca’s Stephen Merchant (27th) and Chesaning’s Rob Kovach (30th) all earned all-state honors for finishing in the top 30.

It was the second time for all-state for Hall, who ran a personal best time.

Chesaning seniors John Forsyth (16:50.6) and Brandon Beckman (16:52.0) also finished in the top 40.

Frankenmuth finished in 10th as a squad. Kent Redford (17:21.1), Nate Bookmyer (17:21.9), Jake Hall (17:49.5) and Patrick  Frahm (18:00.7) were the top five finishers for the Eagles.

Freeland earned 12th place as juniors Garrett Bila (17:10.8) and Brent Wegner (17:16.0) led the way. Michael Woodman (17:29.5), Tim Yake (17:38.6) and Ryan Trahan (18:06.4) also earned points for Freeland.