Hodges takes fourth at Ferris meet

Max Hodges (right) of Evart works his way through the course at Ferris on Saturday. (Herald Review/Martin Slagter)
Max Hodges (right) of Evart works his way through the course at Ferris on Saturday. (Herald Review/Martin Slagter)

BIG RAPIDS —  Big Rapids freshman runner Aliza Hengensbach had a  second place finish at 20:45.28 in the Ray Helsing Bulldog Invite on Saturday at Katke Golf Course.

Hengensbach was joined toward the top of the standings by Evart’s Grace Hamilton, who finished fifth (21:30.51), Big Rapids’ Hannah Davis in 45th (23:54.84), Evart’s Clairese Clark in 57th (24:55.68), Big Rapids’ Kiara Cushway in 64th (25:29), Big Rapids’ Kayla Chamberlain in 67th (25:30.36) and Big Rapids’ Katie King (25:33.17) in 69th.

In the boys division, Evart’s Max Hodges finished fourth, but the Wildcats’ senior said he wasn’t happy with how he finished the race on Saturday.

“The first mile or two I though I did really good,” he said. “I don’t know, that third mile I just hit a wall. I couldn’t push and I had no kick left. That’s happen to me the last couple of races. The first part of the race was good, but the last part was not so good.”

Evart also got a 12th place finish from Zach Douglas, Josh Woods in 19th, Ryan Tuttle in 34th, Micah Wetters in 37th and Andrew Bengry in 59th.

The invitational also featured a college division, which included a couple of familiar local names competing for Alpena Community College.

Reed City graduate Chad Zagacki finished 15th at 28:22 for ACC, while Big Rapids graduate Brent Heberling (32:28.34) finished 42nd.

Zagacki, was recruited to Alpena Community College by coach Mark Jacobs, who has family ties ot the area, after a race where Jacobs had come to see Heberling.

“When I was running track, coach Jacobs came up and introduced himself and told me (Alpena Community College) was starting a team,” he said. “He said he thought I could be a good part of that. I just thought it would be great to be a part of new team and help to make them better.”