The OK Gold Conference proved to be just as tough as advertised, with Grand Rapids Christian and East Grand Rapids separated by only a point, scoring 41 and 42 respectively. The next two teams were Forest Hills Eastern with 100 points, and then Thornapple Kellogg with 106. This put us forth out of the six teams in our conference.
âThe sea of sky blue from Grand Rapids Christian, and the navy blue from East Grand Rapids from the front of the pack to the end is mind boggling. I donât see us out of the equation, but the two Grand Rapids teams in blue jerseys are clearly leading the charge.â
It was again a ferociously hot and humid day. âThe girls ran with a great deal of heart. It was of course tough on all the runners, but the effort my girls gave was nothing less than giving it their all. They were warriors of sorts out there today.â
Sarah Posset (21:35), once again lead the way for the Trojans with a dramatic diving conclusion, which gave cause for a photo finish review, to determine who crossed the line for eighth.
âTo crack the top ten in this conference is far from an easy task with the caliber of runners we are facing, and Sarah was in it the whole time.â
Alli Matision (22:21) was second, gutting out another great performance, and placing 21st. Not far behind was Rachael Gorton (22:31), who bounced back from her first race, to have a very respectable showing for the Trojans.TK also had junior Lauren Lutz (22:43) racing in her debut meet of the season.
âLaurenâs been battling injuries, but sheâs not one that you can keep down for long.â
TKâs underclassmen continue to impress with freshman Audrey Meyering (22:48), sophomore Shylin Robirds (22:52), freshman Elizabeth Meyering (23:38), and sophomore Bree Bonnema (23:56) really being a formidable pack.
âThis group of girls is who I think of as the peanut butter and jelly of the team. I donât know if they would like that, but they are a solid group that help keep things together for us.â
Senior, Kiley Hilton (24:51) is a one who will make her way back to the top, but sheâs doing the best she can to be patient with her return from injury.
âAlthough I canât ask for more from her, she wants and expects more from herself, but it will come.â
Rounding out the team was junior Tess Scheidel (25:02), freshman Jaclyn Westlake (26:29), senior Allexus Barnes (26:30), sophomore Stephanie Pitsch (26:58), junior Maddisen Robirds (27:09), freshman Gracie DeWent (27:26), junior Katie Miller (27:52), exchange student from Spain, Gema Martinez (29:43), freshman Kristina Cuison (31:35), and Amber Macomber (32:14). Alex Craven gave everything she had and ended up being treated for heat issues prior to the finish line.
âFrankly, I was a little concerned because when going to the start line the girls looked a little flat and drawn out from the heat. Their spirits seemed a little dim, but then when the gun went off they really got to work. The grit these girls show is impressive and undeniable.â