Cross country starts off season with high hopes for the future


Jessica Borowsky, Sports Reporter

The Ranger cross country team fueled by outstanding performances of their underclassmen, kicked off the season with high hopes of improvement. FHC cross country participated in the Kenowa Hills Invite along with Northview, Byron Center, Wyoming, Jenison, Mona Shores, East Grand Rapids, Zeeland East, Forest Hills Northern, Grandville, and Kalamazoo Central. The girls team finished in third place right behind Forest Hills Northern with an overall score of 77 points. The boys team finished in fifth behind Zeeland East with a score of 132 points. In both boys and girls races it was a tough match to win with East Grand Rapids winning both races overall.

Finishing in first for the Ranger boys and seventh overall was sophomore Gabe Carlson with a time of 17:25. Finishing closely after, freshman Kyle James-Heer finished in nineteenth place overall, with a time of 18:05. Junior Leo Walquist finished twenty seventh overall and third for the Rangers with a time of 18:24. Freshman Whitney Currie led the Ranger girls cross country team with a time of 20:58 and finished seventh overall. Junior Susannah Bennett finished in eleventh place overall with a time of 21:13 and junior Courtney McAlindon finished closely behind with a time of 21:17.

FHC did not get the outcome that they had hoped for, but are expecting success in the near future. With their season just starting, runners from both the girls and boys teams are practicing hard to improve their times for future races. Their next meet takes place Wednesday, September 6th at 4:30 against Lowell which will be a tough race to compete in. The Rangers will test their luck again against the conference opponents next week.