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The End for Many

"Tough runs don't last; tough runners do."

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The End for Many

One proud Boys Cross Country team.

One proud Boys Cross Country team. "It was my last year running for Caledonia and I couldn't have asked for anything more!" said Jalen Banfill.

One proud Boys Cross Country team. "It was my last year running for Caledonia and I couldn't have asked for anything more!" said Jalen Banfill.

One proud Boys Cross Country team. "It was my last year running for Caledonia and I couldn't have asked for anything more!" said Jalen Banfill.

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The Caledonia Boys Cross Country team wins the regional title after placing fourth in conference. After 16 seasons of ups and downs, Coach Ben Thompson carried out an amazing year.

The Fighting Scots ended up placing at the bottom of the line last year, losing many graduates from varsity. First in the MSU invite, it seemed like the only dream come true.

“I think it was a combination of our veterans and freshman runners coming together and having their best race of the year. We had the strongest 1st runner through 5th runner split of the year. I also think the training put in this summer for each of the top 5 made a big difference along with how each member of the team got along so well. There was a stronger bond among this year’s team than I have seen in a while and I attribute that to our leadership. When you have your top 4 runners in the top 15 that is really big! I also think Hudsonville just had an ok day and they needed a really good day to run with us,” said Coach Thompson.

Jamin Thompson described how “It was a once in a lifetime experience and the sense of team was great.”

Sophomore runner Jamin Thompson placed fourth as well as Josh Oom placed fifth. Two seniors, Jalen Banfill and Oliver Alvesteffer, also pushed past multiple runners in the last 100 meters to ensure the win. The seventh runner on the team, Caden Dixon, along with Logan Forech also had outstanding runs according to Coach Thompson. Michael Alexander described the run as “…very emotional since it was my last race. I got to both see and help my team get the victory we deserved after putting countless miles into preparation.”

Overall, the Fighting Scots had the opportunity to make history and bring home hardware. Coach Thompson’s stated, “Hard work beats talent,” and he believes this is the number one reason for their success this season.

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