Girls cross country finish in an exciting first place while the boys finish in sixth at the Cougar Falcon Invite

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After the girls team finished its run, the girls looked at the score and saw that they placed first in the Cougar Falcon Invite at the Eagles Nest. For the first time this season, they were able to get it done.

On Saturday, the boys and girls lined up at Calvin College. The Lady Rangers came in an exciting first place for the first time this season. Leading the pack for the girls were sophomores Clara James-Heer and Mia Bateson, who once again placed first and second, respectively. A minute behind in sixth came sophomore Peyton Ludwig. The girls had a fantastic race and a well-earned first place, mainly in rough terrain.

“I ran a great race despite the muddy grounds and the weather conditions as a whole,” junior Marissa¬† Lunt said.

For the boys, they came sixth despite not having one of their top runners, junior Ethan Krampe. Ethan was out for this race with a minor injury. Although his injury sidelined him, it was also beneficial to him and the team so that he could get some rest and preserve himself for the team’s upcoming race.

“I am confident with taking it easy this week,” Ethan said. “I will be ready for Saturday’s meet.”

Leading the boys in this race was yet again senior Sam Yeager. Sam recorded a time of 16:13.5 and came in second place. The next highest Ranger was sophomore Parker Ludwig. Playing an anchor role, Parker finished in 26th place with a time of 17:22.7.

FHC’s next race will be on Saturday, October 2, at the 2021 Shepherd Blue Jay Invite hosted by Shepherd High School. The Rangers will have to be pushed to their brink if they want to get great times.

“We are shooting to go fast next weekend when we go against some of the top teams in the state,” head coach Ryan Schipper said.