Boys Cross Country: River Rats win East Lansing Invitational


The Huron boys’ cross country team ran to great success on Oct. 4 at the East Lansing Invitational. The meet is divided into a freshman-sophomore race and a junior-senior race.

The River Rats took first place in the junior-senior race as they crossed the finish line with 30 points. Okemos was second (46) followed by East Lansing (70), Grand Rapids Catholic Central (113), Lansing Everett (134) and Portland (155) in the six-team race.

The River Rats landed four runners in the top six: Junior Karsin Dass was second (15 minutes, 47.9 seconds); senior James Cardwell was fourth (16:58.1); senior Robert Burke was fifth (17:01.8); and senior Drake Dowdy was sixth (17:11.3).

Junior Matthew Penoyar was 13th in 17:41.0 and junior Yaseen Daoud was 15th in 17:56.7. Also running well for the River Rats were senior Cionne Harris-Cassonova (23rd, 18:33.1); junior Brandan Behmer (24th, 18:33.6); and junior Jackson Overpeck (18:37.0).

In the freshman-sophomore race, the River Rats placed second with 55 points. Okemos ran first with 33 points.

The River Rats were led by sophomore Donovan Smith who finished second overall in 17:09.0. Fellow sophomore Michael Hill-Carruthers ran fourth in 17:20.8.

Other strong finishes for Huron were turned in by sophomore Evan Ridenour (13th, 18:06.9); sophomore Koen Van Nieuwstadt (18th, 18:35.9); sophomore Kyle Hoffmeyer (23rd, 18:59.2); freshman Jordan Embry (24th, 19:00.5); sophomore Roman Quesada (27th, 19:17.6); sophomore Peter Stenger (31st, 19:29.4); freshman Lev Nakamura (34th, 19:37.1); and freshman Matthew Wells (19:44.2).

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