Evart cross country team takes first place

EVART — Evart’s boys cross country team posted 43 points to finish first ahead of Holton, which had 59, in the small schools division of the Hill and Bale Invitational at Fremont on Saturday.

For Evart, Austin Hamilton was third (18:09.3) while Nathan Woods was fourth (18:23.2), Josh Woods sixth (18:26.2), Alex Hamilton 11th (19:18.4) and Parker Henry 19th (20:13.4).

“Our frontrunner (Austin Hamilton) is usually our third guy,” Evart coach Kevin Mills said. “I thought we’ve raced strong. We’ve been at some unique courses.”

The Wildcat girls were led by Sarah Nelson, seventh in 24:37.6, Arianna Mooney was 20th (27:44.5),

Rose Clark 37th (31:58.3) and Grace Green 42nd (36:12.7).

Both Evart teams won on Sept. 6 in three-team action at Harrison. The Wildcat boys had 21 while Farwell had 48 and Harrison 63.

Nathan Woods led Evart in first place (19:20.49) while Alex Hamilton was third (20:37.79), Austin Hamilton fourth (21:39.45), Henry sixth (23:42.51), Tanner Ryan seventh (24:07.8) and Jacob Quist eighth (24:32.46).

The Evart girls beat Harrison 36-109. Nelson was first (27:55.9), Brooke Belleville second (28:14.07), Mooney fourth (31;36.18), Green eighth (38:27.18) and Clark ninth (42:534.62).

Evart is at Sparta on Saturday

Pine River

Pine River ran Thursday at the McBain Invitational. The boys did not qualify as a scoring team. Mark Geer was ninth (20:52.38), Sam Pentces 18th (22:09), Wade Fullerton 33rd (25:45.65) and Austern LaFrance 37th (32:22.6).

For the Pine River girls, Olivia Thompson was sixth (23:57.21), Kelsi Charles eighth (2452.95), Anselma Barnett 12th (26:05.25), Holly Bailor 14th (26:31.54), Jordan Dery 25th (30:17.94), Kenzi Ruppert 28th (31:41.25), Alexis Beebe 29th (31:55.92) and Summer Jackson 30th (31:57.07).

Logan Hammer

From Ferris State Sports

It’s only one race into the season, but a Ferris State University men’s cross country runner has already received league-wide acclaim as FSU’s Logan Hammer (Evart) was tabbed as the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Athlete of the Week.

Hammer opened the 2016 campaign in a big way as he won the individual championship at the 42nd annual Ray Helsing Bulldog Invitational on Saturday (Sept. 10) at FSU’s Katke Golf Course in Big Rapids. His performance helped the Bulldogs also claim the team championship in the season-opening event on the home course.

The Bulldog senior clocked 26:14.6 in the 8K race and was the first of four Bulldogs to finish in the top four spots on the final leaderboard. Hammer was the runner-up in the same race a year ago and bettered his time by more than 40 seconds in this year’s race.

Ferris State will next be in action on Friday as the Bulldogs compete in the Michigan State Spartan Invitational in East Lansing.