2012-11-07 / Sports

Raiders boys are state runners-up!

Eagle harriers Colesa, Ridley earn All-State
BY DALE BALL
Sports Editor


The Marlette Red Raiders won the Division 3 boys State Runner-Up trophy at the MHSAA Cross Country Championships on Saturday. 
Photos by Dale Ball The Marlette Red Raiders won the Division 3 boys State Runner-Up trophy at the MHSAA Cross Country Championships on Saturday. Photos by Dale Ball BROOKLYN, MI - Coach Chris Titus made it clear that his Marlette boys cross country team had no other goal remaining but to win the school's first-ever State championship in any sport.

On Saturday, that high achievement barely eluded the Red Raiders, but it was not because their performance was lacking.

Jackson Lumen Christi put on its best race of the season, at the right time, and edged Marlette, by just eight points, for the MHSAA Division 3 boys cross country title. Lumen

Christi finished with a low score of 129 while Marlette was right behind with 137. Grandville Calvin Christian, the two-time defending champion, was third.

A State Runner-Up trophy, even though not the top choice, is not too hard to handle.


Daniel Ridley Daniel Ridley "What a tremendous team," said Titus, after some time to let the results sink in. "That's the best a Marlette team has ever done in any sport. The kids can take pride in that.

"They are a little disappointed, and that's understandable," Titus continued. "We went in there to win this. I felt that someone ( to beat us) would have to run an A+ against us, and that what (Lumen Christi) did. I'm pretty proud of the guys. They couldn't do anything more."

The Raiders were led by senior brothers Jake and Andy Bowman (part of triplets, along with sister Abby). Both earned individual All-State honors by finishing fourth (15:37.2) and sixth (15:48.5), respectively. The next three finishers -, pointed out Titus, all ran their best or near best times of the season. Senior Mathew Titus finished 24th in the team (16:41.4), junior Eli Poth was 26th (16:43.3), and senior Nick Shaver was 77th (17:32.6).


Kendra Colesa nears the finish line in the D4 cross country State Finals at MIS. Kendra Colesa nears the finish line in the D4 cross country State Finals at MIS. "We were close, " said Coach Titus, whose team had held down the No. 1 ranking after winning their division at the prestigious Portage Invitational in mid-season. "Actually, we were kinda surprised because Jackson was ranked fifth and we beat them at Portage. We didn't run any different, and they improved a lot in their four-five runners, and slipped by us."

Working with the five seniors, and the other younger runners, on the team for so long had Titus thinking about more than just running.

"The kids on this team are very good kids, too. I couldn't be happier with them," Titus said. "Losing five kids I've been coaching for six years, they're all like my own kids. I feel blessed being around those kids. They've made me a better coach."

All-State for Colesa, Ridley

Two Deckerville High juniors were on the big stage, figuratively and literally, Saturday in the MHSAA Division 4 Cross Country Championships. They both earned medals for All-State, which means a trip to the awards stage for the following ceremony.

Kendra Colesa made a major leap in her performance in cross this season. A year ago, she did qualify for State and finished 41st in a time of 20:23.4. This year, she ran to D4 All-State honors with her fifth place finish in an outstanding time of 18:59.4, a minute and 24 seconds faster than the previous year.

Meanwhile, Ridley, who also was a State qualifier in 2011, jumped up 79 places and 1:26 faster a year later. He placed 15th this time in 16:27.2, a personal-best.

Division 3 girls

A young Sandusky girls team finished 16th among 27 schools at the D3 finals. Sophomore Emily Cowley placed 32nd (19:37.1) in the team race and 43rd overall, missing an All-State medal by just 13 places. Junior Morgan Redman finished in the top 100 overall.

In the mean time, Marlette sophomore MacKenzie Kelly went under the 20:00 mark (19:57.6) for the third time his season and finished in 59th place overall.

Division 2

It was not the day both Cros-Lex cross country teams had been hoping for. The Pioneer boys placed 16th in the team standings. Sophomore Tyler Schmidt was the first finisher for C-L, going 50th in the team scoring in 16:31.2.

The Lady Pioneers, who finished 24th, were led by junior Abby Bringard (68th, 19:59.2).

Both teams, though, are loaded with underclassmen

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