PORTAGE — Bridgman seniors Karsyn Stewart and Luke Blesy, along with sophomore John Sanderson, qualified for the Division 3 state meet at an Oct. 31 Regional run at Portage West Middle School.

The Division 4 defending state champion Lady Bees ran without their full team and placed eighth in a race won by Bloomingdale, with Coloma as a very close runner-up (both teams tallied 82 points).

Stewart finished fifth at regionals in a time of 20:24.29 to qualify for state. Also scoring for the Bees were: Summer Fast (15th); Graci Tate (45th); Sophie Fenech (56th); and Anne Scott (60th).

The Bridgman boys took fifth (102 points), with the top two spots going to Bronson (55 points) and Parchment (72).

Blesy was the seventh runner across the line (in a time of 17:33.63) with Sanderson taking 9th (17:46.14). Both made the cut for the state meet.

Also scoring points for the Bees were: Jayce Warren (25th); AJ Hackett (38th); and Nathan Blied (39th).

The full Bridgman girls team placed second to Bloomingdale in an Oct. 24 pre-regional meet held in Watervliet. The Cardinals won with 42 points while the Bees tallied 59.

The next four places in the team standings were held by Coloma (69 points), Buchanan (90), Hartford (90) and Watervliet (111).

Stewart paced the Bees with a fourth-place finish at 20:51.19. Also scoring for Bridgman were Fast (8th in 21:36.55), Jane Kaspar (11th in 22:05.85), Arie Hackett (13th in 22:18.71), and Tate (27th in 23:45.26).

Bloomingdale runners Aimee Sustaita and Kallie Harrison finished first and second respectively.

On the boys side Bloomingdale completed a sweep of the pre-regional with 53 points. Coloma was a close second (55), the Bees third (70), Watervliet fourth (84), Hartford fifth (128) and Buchanan sixth (133).

The top four squads advanced to regionals.

Blesy paced Bridgman with a third-place finish (17:24.95), Sanderson finished 7th (18:00.25), Warren came in 15th (18:59.64), Blied took 18th (19:23.56), and Hackett was 27th (20:01.16).


The New Buffalo and River Valley girls cross country teams made strong showings at an Oct. 23 Division 4 pre-regional meet hosted by Saugatuck High School.

The River Valley girls finished third with 69 points while New Buffalo took fourth (77). The top two spots were occupied by Saugatuck (20 points) and Lake Michigan Catholic (66).

The top four squads advanced to regionals.

Pacing the Mustangs were: Rylee Rogers (9th, 23:31.30); Kursten Smith (16th); Alyssa Montgomery (19th); Claudia Rebollar Juarez (21st); Taylor Volstorf (23rd); Macey Springer (30th); and Abby Young (32nd).

Eliza McGinn led the way for New Buffalo with a seventh-place finish (23:03.54). Also scoring for the Bison were: Abby Vitale (13th); Sam Smith (26th); Olivia Bourne (28th); and Sophia DeOliviera (29th).

On the boys side River Valley finished fifth as a team at pre-regionals while Saugatuck took the top four spots in the boys run (Max Sharnas won in a time of 16:47.25) and tallied 20 points. Gobles, Lake Michigan Catholic and Martin took the next three spots to move on to regionals.

Emerson Barnes of New Buffalo finished 11th (in a time of 19:12.42).

Joshua Seifert paced the Mustangs with a 22nd-place showing (20:39.21). Also finishing for RV were: Austin York (26th); Cadden Krieger (28th); Evan Gatz (30th); Gavyn Rogers (31st); Ashton McNabb (38th);

Also competing for New Buffalo were: Keagan Papke (32nd); and Evan Messinger (42nd).

At the Oct. 31 regional meet in Allendale the Lady Mustangs placed 7th while Saugatuck (26 points) and Libertas Christian (92) took the top two spots to qualify for state.

McGinn of New Buffalo came in 15th while Vitale took 28th.

Smith (19th) and Rogers (21st) paced the Mustangs.

On the boys side Barnes finished 20th for the Bison while Krieger placed 42nd for RV. Saugatuck was first in the team standings.

RV Invitational

Bridgman, New Buffalo and River Valley all participated in an Oct. 20 pre-postseason invitational meet hosted by the Mustangs.

Bridgman won the high school girls meet with 30 points, led by race winner Karsyn Stewart who caught and passed Buchanan freshman Eleanor Young late in the race. Arie Hackett took 4th, Summer Fast came in 5th and Jane Kaspar finished 6th.

Bridgman's boys also were victorious, with Luke Blesy placing second to Walker Barz of the Bucks.

Clara Fast of Bridgman won the girls middle school race while the Reed Middle School boys placed first as a team.

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