The Grand Rapids Community College Cross Country teams competed Oct. 16 at the Jayhawk Invitational hosted by Muskegon Community College.
The men’s team placed 13th out of 16 teams with a final point total of 329.
For the first time this season, the team was lead by freshman Kirk Dickson with a 27:23 time and a 47 second personal record, finishing 47th out of the 167 runners. Isaiah Fox finished shortly after with a time of 27:31, also a PR, placing 54th.
Carter VerSluys’ finishing time of 29:13 was good enough for 103rd place. Denis Martinez-Ramos finished with a time of 32:17, placing 149th, and rounding it out for the Raiders was Brad Heintzelman with a time of 27:27 placing 153rd.
Coach Matt Sicilia spoke very highly of Martinez-Ramos and Dickson and the efforts they gave.
“Kirk turned in a sterling effort, and Martinez-Ramos ran a particularly impressive race by knocking off over a minute of his previous best time,” Sicilia said.
The ladies did not place due to not having enough runners on their team. Two ladies did finish with times, Gewirtz had a final time of 22:04 placing 94th with an eight second personal best finish. Pierson ran an 18-second PR finishing 129th.
Overall coach Sicilia was very happy with the consistency and effort his team put in.
“I was very excited to see the breakthrough performances of Dickson and Martinez, as well as the overall consistent improvements of the team,” Sicilia said.