Evart boys win cross country meet

EVART — Evart’s cross country team took first in the Hesperia Baker Woods Invitational on Aug. 24. Evart scored 48 points to edge Lowell, which had 51. Berrien Springs was third with 100.

Evart didn’t have a scoring team for girls.

Josh Woods led Evart in second (19:08.81) while his brother Nathan Woods was fourth (19:37.44), Austin Hamilton fifth (19:49.08), Alex Hamilton 16th (21:29.13) and Parker Henry 27th (22:35.07).

“I thought they ran really smart,” Evart coach Kevin Mills said. “They went out cold and we had guys doing what they needed to win the race. Austin Hamilton got a (personal) course record. He ran 30 seconds faster than he did last year.”

The Evart girls were led by Sarah Nelson, who was 18th (27:17.94),

Arianna Mooney wins 29th (29:27.29) and Laura Junker 39th (32:52.24).

Reed City

REED CITY — Reed City’s cross county teams competed on Aug. 23 at the Chippewa Hills Early Season Warrior Invitational.

Reed City did not have a full scoring team.

For the boys, Brandon Wirth was seventh for the sophomores (18:43.34), while Calvin Rohde was 21st among the freshmen and Noah Blythe 34th among the freshmen (21:10.70).

For the Reed City girls, Joelynn Gamble-Brown was 19th (24:17.17) among seniors, Mackenzie Vandawater was 29th (25:35.27) among freshmen, Leigha Johnson 69th among freshmen (34:21.78) and Hailey Duchene 71st among sophomores (34:37.55).

Reed City is at Chippewa Hills for another race on Sept. 6.

Pine River

LEROY — Pine River girls were 13th among 17 teams in the Pete Moss Benzie Central Invitational on Saturday.

For Pine River, Olivia Thompson was 27th (22:03.1), Holly Bailor 53rd (22:59.5), Kelsi Charles 57th (23:04.0) and Grace Beebe 107th (25:51.6).

For the Bucks boys squad, Sam Pentces was 122nd (21:59.2).

Pine River competed Aug. 23 in the Early Season Warrior Invitational at Chippewa Hills.

Thompson was 15th among juniors (24:04.94), Bailor 17th among seniors (24:24.27), Charles 20th among sophomores (25:07.85), Selma Barnett 24th among sophomores (25:57.97) and Beebe 35th among freshmen (30:11.37)

Mark Geer led the boys with 19th place for juniors (20:15.14); while Sam Pentces was 40th among juniors (24:26.37) and Wade Fullerton 62nd among seniors (27:03.22).

“Our boys team is looking small, still,” Pine River coach Andi Bogart said. “There’s other people we’re looking to have come out. We only have three right now. For the girls, we have strong athletes. Some of our sprinters from track are out for cross country, which is exciting.”