2017-11-09 / Sports

Parker, Glen Lake boys finish 22nd at state finals in Brooklyn

By Jay Bushen
Sports Editor


GLEN LAKE boys placed 22nd in the 28-team field Saturday at the Division 4 cross country finals in downstate Brooklyn. GLEN LAKE boys placed 22nd in the 28-team field Saturday at the Division 4 cross country finals in downstate Brooklyn. Drake Parker didn’t have to compete as an individual this time.

Parker, a two-time individual state finals qualifier, was one of seven Glen Lake runners at Michigan International Speedway on Saturday. Parker paced the Glen Lake pack, finishing 78th (18:01).

“Drake performed as expected for a three-time state finalist, being the first on the team across the finish line at the biggest stage,” Glen Lake coach Ryan Schut said. “Right behind was the season-long battle of brothers, Noah and Caleb (Henderson).”

Caleb Henderson ran alongside older brother Noah Henderson for the entirety of the race after Noah injured his back in the first mile. Younger brother finished 116th — just 0.4 ticks ahead of big bro.

“It was all in good sport,” said Schut, who was tabbed as the Michigan Interscholastic Track Coaches Association Division 4 Region 29 Boys Coach of the Year. “A sort of passing of the torch for the races to come for Caleb, and Noah retiring his spikes. He’s off to the Marines in January, graduating early and heading to boot camp. Noah literally gave me his spikes after the race, saying they had more miles for anyone in need of them.”

Other finishers for Glen Lake were R-Jay Willey (19:00), Mason Staggs (19:34), Christian Barber (19:38) and Spencer Kaastra (20:22). Those Lakers finished 167th, 192nd, 194th, and 216th, respectively, in a field of 243.

Schut said he had not brought an entire team to states since his girls qualified in 2014.

The Lakers finished 22nd in a field of 28 teams.

“They cherished the moment,” he said.

The top time posted by a Leelanau Peninsula runner came courtesy of St. Mary.

Max Gorcyca (17:39), a first-year runner, crossed 51st.

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