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Triple Crown: Beal City boys win first cross country state title in school history

  • The Beal City boys won the first state title in program history Saturday. (Photo by Marvin Goodwin)
  • The Beal City boys cross country team won the D4 state title Saturday at MIS as it tallied 105 points. (Sun File Photos)
  • The Beal City boys cross country team won the D4 state title Saturday at MIS as it tallied 105 points. (Sun File Photos)

Breckenridge lands 13th at D4 finals

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BROOKLYN – What a year it’s been for the Beal City boys cross country program.

A couple weeks ago the Aggie boys won the first Highland Conference title in program history.

Then last weekend they won the first regional crown in program history at Delta College.

On Saturday the upstart Aggies did the unthinkable as they won the Division 4 state title at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, besting the 27-team field with 105 points.

Saugatuck was second with 109.

“I was hoping that if a team or two had an off day we’d be able to sneak onto the podium,” said Beal City coach Dave King, whose team came into the race ranked fourth in D4. “I’m a little surprised but also so happy for these guys because they have been running year round for years. Our four seniors are going out on top too.”

Senior Nick Pung led the Aggies as he was third in the race in 16:19.3. It was the fourth time he earned All-State honors via a top-30 finish in the finals as he was 10th in 2013, 17th in 2012 and 26th in 2011.

Junior Ethan Schafer, who earned All-State honors last year as he was 30th, finished seventh Saturday in 16:33.9 to notch All-State honors for a second year in a row.

David Reihl was 39th in 17:28.9 with James Kolb 51st in 17:37.3 and Brendan Carrick 59th in 17:44.9. Zach Bellinger was also 106th in 18:20 with Apollo Schafer 134th in 18:36.6.

For the day five Aggies had lifetime PRs in Ethan Schafer, Reihl, Kolb, Carrick and Apollo Schafer. Beal City also posted the fastest team time in program history.

Breckenridge landed 13th with 366 points.

Breckenridge senior Austin Brittain also garnered All-State honors as he was 25th in 17:10.5. Alex Giles was 80th for the Huskies in 18:02.2 with Sam Richardson 127th in 18:30.3, Gavin Marr 129th in 18:31.0 and Anthony Olexa 173rd in 19:16.9.

Individually Fulton’s Bohdan Hartman landed All-State honors as he was sixth in 16:31.8. SHA’s Logan Moyle also earned All-State honors as he was 16th in 16:48 as did his teammate Sam Neyer as he was 30th in 17:15.6.

Montabella’s Kelton Eldred missed All-State honors by one spot as he was 31st in 17:15.8.

Ashley’s Ryan Brzak was 165th in 19:04.7.

Last Updated: 11/1/2014 2:02:47 PM EST