Hamilton's Erika Freyof finished third in the Division 2 girls' cross country state finals. (Photo by Scott Sullivan)Plainwell's Makenna Veen finished fourth in the Division 2 girls' cross country state finals. (Photo by Scott Sullivan)

Freyhof, Veen finish in top four at state finals

Jason Wesseldyk

A pair of Allegan County runners were among the top four finishers at the Division 2 girls’ cross country state final.
Hamilton senior Erika Freyhof placed third with a time of 18:32, while Plainwell freshman Makenna Veen was one place behind her with a time of 18:44.
Freyhof entered the race as the defending state champion before being dethroned by Holland Christian’s Kayla Mindemuller, who posted a winning time of 18:06 after finishing runner-up last season. St. Joseph’s Anna Fischer was second at 18:30.
Freyhof’s sister Audrey, a junior, also competed in the race, as did Hamilton freshman Ellen Young. Audrey Freyhof was 136th at 20:59, while Young came in 153rd at 21:08.
In the Division 2 boys’ race, Hamilton competed as a team and placed 14th with 372 points. Junior Luke Koopman was the Hawkeyes’ top runner, coming in 63rd at 16:52.
Senior Caleb Topp also finished among the top 100 runners, crossing the finish line in 94th place at 17:08.
Allegan senior Nate Passorelli closed out his career by finishing 120th with a time of 17:21.
In Division 3, the Hopkins girls came away with a 16th-place showing with 423 points. Sophomore Jasmine Fisher earned All-State honors—which goes to the top 30 finishers—by virtue of her 21st-place finish of 19:43.
Hopkins also had two individual participants in the boys’ race in sophomore Dan Rausch and junior Ethan Nagel. Rausch was 72nd at 17:26 and Nagel was 86th at 17:32.


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