Calvin Christian shows why its ranked No. 1 at cross country invitiational

Kelly Hill | The Grand Rapids Press, October 09, 2010 11:55 p.m.

A look at some of the highlights of Saturday’s 13th Portage Invitational:

NO. 1 AND HOLDING: Calvin Christian defended its No. 1 state ranking in Division 3 with a convincing win in Saturday morning’s Division 3 boys race.

Led by sophomore Zac Nowicki, who transferred to Calvin Christian from West Catholic midway through his freshman year, the Squires claimed three of the top six spots and won with 66 points.

Nowicki finished fourth overall with a personal-best time of 16 minutes, 8 seconds while Justus Pinckney was fifth and Josh Kersjes finished sixth.

“We push each other to get better, that’s how we do it,” Nowicki said. “Today we wanted to run together and get as close to first as we could.”

Squires Simon Reidsma and Steven Haagsma finished 16th and 35th, respectively.

EMOTIONS RUN HIGH: A loud shriek from Allendale junior Ali Wiersma when she finished the Division 3 girls race Saturday drew the attention of race officials and spectators.

The winner, with a time of 18:02, Wiersma seemed torn between crying and smiling and collapsing and dancing.

Last year Wiersma finished second in this meet to her Falcons teammate, Devan John, who graduated last spring. On Saturday Wiersma edged Hanover-Horton junior Lindsey Burdette by a dozen seconds.

“I am a very emotional finisher,” Wiersma said. “I’m happy, and I’m excited, but based on the first two miles, I expected my third mile to be a little faster.”

Had Wiersma’s third mile been any faster, she might have beaten the course record of 18:00 set by Nicole Bush of Kelloggsville in 2003.

via Calvin Christian shows why its ranked No. 1 at cross country invitiational – MLive.com.

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