2016-10-27 / Sports

Lakers on collision course with Eagles in regional race at Benzie

By Jay Bushen
Of The Enterprise staff


GLEN LAKE cross country runners (from left) Sunny Charpentier, Drake Parker and Karrigan LaCross each medaled Saturday in the Manistee National Invite at Manistee National Golf Course. 
Photo: Jenny Parker GLEN LAKE cross country runners (from left) Sunny Charpentier, Drake Parker and Karrigan LaCross each medaled Saturday in the Manistee National Invite at Manistee National Golf Course. Photo: Jenny Parker Ryan Schut designs his cross country program around one race: regionals.

Schut expects to see season records from his Glen Lake runners when all four county teams travel to Benzie on Saturday for the Region 29 race.

“This will be our fourth time there this year,” Schut said. “We know the course. We know all of its turns, all of its curves and fast areas. We are more than ready for it. That’s our advantage: We’ve spent four races there this year.”

Schut said he currently has two boys in position to qualify for state finals, Drake Parker and Noah Henderson; and two girls on the bubble, Karrigan LaCross and Sunny Charpentier.

The top-15 individuals advance to the state final.


TOP-25 FINISHERS gather after the Manistee National Invitational on Saturday. Among the medalists were six Leelanau County cross country runners — three from Glen Lake and three from St. Mary. Photo: Jenny Parker TOP-25 FINISHERS gather after the Manistee National Invitational on Saturday. Among the medalists were six Leelanau County cross country runners — three from Glen Lake and three from St. Mary. Photo: Jenny Parker Schut said he’ll be pulling for Charpentier, a senior, who has been a big part of the program for four years.

“She really blossomed in her senior year and came into her own,” he said.

Glen Lake runners got a good look at regional competitors Bear Lake and St. Mary last Saturday in the Manistee National Invitational on Manistee National Golf Course.

A familiar face came away with the county’s top finish: St. Mary junior Hanna Grant.

Grant set another school record with a third-place finish (19:50) and was one of three St. Mary medalists. The others were Ciara Glynn in 17th place (21:44) and Lexi Schaub in 23rd place (22:11).

“Both results were very promising heading up to regionals,” St. Mary coach Nick Papes said of his teams. “We had a mindset that we were running against Bear Lake. They co-op with Onekama, so we were clearly the smaller school. We have 50 kids. The next smallest had 250. Most schools are five times bigger than us.

It is unique to look at it statistically at the group I have and their commitment to the cross country lifestyle. It’s a testament to these kids’ positivity and work ethic.”

The Glen Lake program matched the effort with three medalists, two girls and one boy: Parker in 15th place (17:58), Charpentier in 21st place (21:54) and LaCross in 22nd (21:54).

Suttons Bay didn’t come away with any medalists, but the program did notch a number of personal records.

“The weather was perfect and I am very excited to have all of our athletes run regionals at Benzie,” coach Jeremy Fenske said. “Our runners are progressing and hitting their peak so regionals should be great.”

Leland runners, meanwhile, competed Saturday at a state meet in Shepard.

“It was a fast meet with small-school teams from around the whole state,” coach Kat Murphy said. “The field was about 20 runners larger in both races with about 170 boys and 150 girls. My runners did well, and had especially fast starts. Everyone had a hard time with mile three, and that will be our focus this week going into regionals.”

Jackson Arens ran a season PR (22:52) while Zach Fortuna supplied the team’s top boys finish (19:05).

Olivia Fellows crossed in 27:46.

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