Twelve schools participated in this year’s Harper Creek Cross Country Invitational. Due to the extreme heat, the event was started an hour early and instead of running 4 races (Boys and Girls SR/JR and SOPH/FR) only a Boys and Girls race was run combining all four classes. The home teams of Harper Creek High School were winners as the Boys took first place and the Girls finished third.
High School cross-country runners representing 13 schools from the surrounding area were presented with a very pleasant cool and calm day for the running of the annual Harper Creek Optimist Club Invitational on Saturday, August 24th. 265 runners participated in the event. The winning Boys team was Hanover-Horton; finishing second was Harper Creek and the Gull Lake team finished third. The overall winner of the Boys was Gull Lake’s junior Koby Fraaza finishing with a blazing time of 15:47. The winning Girls team was Middleville Thornapple-Kellogg; finishing second was Gull Lake and Harper Creek finished third. The Girls overall winner was Gull Lake senior Kayla Eklund, crossing the finish line with a respectable time of 19:14, beating her closest competitor by 50 seconds.
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