FHC cross country uses Lowell invite as growing experience

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Jessica Borowsky, Sports Reporter

Continuing with strong efforts towards improvement, the Ranger cross country team is moving up in the conference standings for both the boys and girls teams. The Rangers competed in their second meet of the year yesterday, in the Lowell jamboree. This was a tough meet for all individuals because of Lowell’s steep hills and rugged terrain. Forest Hills Central, Forest Hills Northern, Greenville, Northview, Cedar Springs, and Ottawa Hills all went after it last night, trying to best this early OK white matchup. The Ranger boys cross country team finished in second place behind Forest Hills Northern with 62 points. The girls team finished in second place as well behind Forest Hills Northern with 56 points.

Finishing in 7th place overall, sophomore Gabe Carlson, finishing in first place for the Rangers for the second meet in a row with a time of 17:46. Next in line for the Rangers was junior Geoffrey Batterbee, finishing right behind Gabe with a time of 17:58. In third place for the Ranger boys was senior Leo Walquist, with a time of 18:13 and finishing 11th overall. For the Ranger girls, freshman Whitney Currie led the team once again with a time of 21:08 and finishing 7th overall. Next for the girls was sophomore Nicole Marco finishing with a time of 21:19 and 9th overall and right behind her was junior Courtney Mcalindon with a time of 21:20.

Despite the tough terrain and steep hills, the Ranger cross country team was happy with their overall improvement in the conference meet. Both boys and girls teams are pushing to improve their times and are craving to be first in the OK white standings. Their next meet is Wednesday, September 15th at Michigan State.