2017-10-12 / Sports

Glen Lake runners finish second, fourth in NWC finale


GLEN LAKE cross country runners captured six all-conference certificates Tuesday in the final Northwest Conference race of the season at Veronica Valley Park. Photo: Ryan Schut GLEN LAKE cross country runners captured six all-conference certificates Tuesday in the final Northwest Conference race of the season at Veronica Valley Park. Photo: Ryan Schut Glen Lake cross country runners closed out their Northwest Conference season in style at Veronica Valley Park on Tuesday.

Noah Henderson led the way as the Glen Lake boys finished second as a team in the Suttons Bay Jamboree with 47 points, placing 31 points behind defending champion Benzie.

“It’s a tough conference,” Glen Lake coach Ryan Schut said. “I’m very proud of my boys for battling it out. Just another opportunity to showcase the young and old talent of the team.”

Henderson finished sixth (18:01); younger brother Caleb Henderson finished eighth (18:06); R-Jay Willey finished 13th (18:32), and Drake Parker finished 17th (19:14).

Zach Fortuna paced Leland in 20th place (19:23) while Jayce Konopka (19:33) and Connor Krumlauf (19:37) led Suttons Bay in 25th and 26th place, respectively.

“We had gorgeous fall weather for it and the course was in great shape,” Suttons Bay coach Jeremy Fenske said of the event. “All of our Suttons Bay athletes ran great races.”

On the girls side, Benzie captured top honors with 20 team points. Kingsley, Frankfort and Glen Lake rounded out the top four with 49, 94 and 114 points, respectively. Leland was fifth with 120 points; Suttons Bay was sixth with 174.

The county’s top finishes on the girls side went to Twyla Walters (21:19) and Emma Waskiewicz (21:28) of Leland, who crossed 15th and 17th, respectively.

“Both Twyla and Emma ran faster than our former school record, which has stood since 2009,” Leland coach Kat Murphy said. “They were a little discouraged not to medal, but this is a fierce conference for cross country.”

Allie Bonzelet finished 20th (21:52) to lead the Glen Lake girls.

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