2017-09-07 / Sports

Wallison top Bobcat runner at Clare Invite


LEADING THE BOBCATS Houghton Lake junior Henry Wallison (right) rounds a turn on the trail at Mid Michigan Community College during the Clare Invitational cross country meet Aug. 30. Wallison had the best finish of any Bobcat in the race at 20:47, finishing in 12th place out of a field of 27 boys in his grade. (Courtesy photo) LEADING THE BOBCATS Houghton Lake junior Henry Wallison (right) rounds a turn on the trail at Mid Michigan Community College during the Clare Invitational cross country meet Aug. 30. Wallison had the best finish of any Bobcat in the race at 20:47, finishing in 12th place out of a field of 27 boys in his grade. (Courtesy photo) Junior Henry Wallison had the top finish for Houghton Lake at the Clare Invitational, held at Mid Michigan Community College in Harrison Aug. 30. Wallison recorded a time of 20:47, finishing in 12th place out of a field of 27 runners in his grade.

Classmate Corey Allen ran the race in 20:54 (his best this season by 38 seconds), finishing 17th and Connor Allen cut 2:29 off his best time with a 19th place finish at 22:15.

Senior Sarah Vick was the most improved Bobcat runner at the meet, cutting 2:52 off her previous best time this season at 32:30. She placed 25th in her age group.

Running for Houghton Lake in the 1.25-mile middle school races were eighth grader Lila DeLong, with a 54th place finish at 13:30.52, sixth grader Abbie Partenio, seventh of 66 at 8:53 and classmate Bailey Plott in her first race ever, finishing 55th in 12:30.

“I am very pleased with the results of this meet,” said Houghton Lake Coach Keith Toms. “The high school runners showed great improvement from the last meet. This was the first middle school meet and they showed good potential.”

Toms said the team was missing several runners at the meet from both the high school and middle school teams. He said that two seniors, Cheyenne Koeneke and Derrick Vo have recently been added to the varsity team, and will compete at the Bobcats’ next meet, to be held at McBain today (Thursday) at 4p.m.

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