2017-07-27 / Sports

Watercross racer shines in Washington


ST. MARY student Olivia “Livy” Harnack turned in a first-place finish in the beginner girls class of the July 15 Apple Pie Jamboree in Pateros, Wash. ST. MARY student Olivia “Livy” Harnack turned in a first-place finish in the beginner girls class of the July 15 Apple Pie Jamboree in Pateros, Wash. After a four-year hiatus from watercross racing, a Suttons Bay girl resumed her winning ways by taking first place earlier this month at the three-day Apple Pie Jamboree in Pateros, Wash.

Olivia “Livy” Harnack, 15, raced to a first-place title in the beginner girls class despite racing a Kawasaki SXR for the first time.

Livy, who lives part-time in Suttons Bay and part-time in Sunnyside, Wash., attends Lake Leelanau St. Mary. She is the daughter of Roger Harnack of Sunnyside and Gretchen Harnack of Suttons Bay.

Livy outraced the other competitors in her field on July 15, winning both of her motos in the 100-plus degree temperatures of Eastern Washington as fire bombers scooped up water from the Columbia River just upstream from the race course.

On Sunday, Livy crashed on the last lap of her first moto and slipped to third place, setting up a three-way points tie for the weekend.

In the final, she came back and swept past the competition to grab the checkered flag and first place.

Livy, who’s also taken up flyboarding, began her watercross racing career at age 9 in the junior division.

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