With Grand Rapids Christian and East Grand Rapids competing on a different plane, it was a battle for third for the rest of the teams in the conference. Forest Hills Eastern upped their game, and the challenge became staying ahead of South Christian for third, for the Trojans.
âThe girls worked hard and edged out who they needed to in order to earn the fourth spot in the conference. We donât aspire to fourth, but itâs where we placed, and for today, thatâs what we were, but we will come back to the OK Gold next year with our eye on taking another step closer to the top.â
Freshman, Audrey Meyering (20:30) led the team, placing 17th overall.
âAudrey started out a little faster than I was comfortable with, but she handled it well, and kept it together well, and was able to finish strong.â
Following this up was junior, Alli Matison (20:52), who finished 26th. âAlli has been battling various injuries, and we didnât know how it was going to go, but she fought through pain and had a solid day.â
Very closely behind, was sophomore, Sarah Possett (20:57) finishing 28th, and having a respectable performance, which helped hold the top three together. âSarah is a competitor for sure. I thought she ran well, but she didnât run to her own high standards. I think sheâs got some faster races in her that we will see this year still.â
Next senior, Rachael Gorton (21:17) finished 35th, and showed her leadership. âI really count on Rachael to be that solid leader in the middle, who keeps the ship on course, so to speak. This wasnât her fastest time, but she did not disappoint.â
The top seven was rounded out by junior, Lauren Lutz (21:26) in 37th, freshman, Elizabeth Meyering (21:27), in 38th, and senior, Kiley Hilton (21:39) with a season record, in 41st. âThis was a nice group to see so close together, and they worked hard to round out the scorers on our team.â
Gutsy performances were also given by sophomores, Bree Bonema (22:01), finishing 54th, and Shylin Robirds (22:16), finishing 60th. âBree and Shy are warriors out on the course, and although they did not finish in the top seven today, they are always knocking on the door, and I expect them to be major contributors on another level next season. I have a great deal of respect for these girls, and look forward to seeing them shine.â
Rounding out the rest of the team, were senior Allexus Barnes (22:44)scoring a personal record, sophomore, Stephanie Pitsch (23:00), Spanish exchange student Gema Diaz-Martinez with a personal record (23:29), freshman Gracie DeWent (23:33), freshman Jaclyn Westlake (24:11), junior, Maddie Robirds (24:37), junior, Tess Scheidel (25:11), senior Alex Perkins-Craven (25:55), sophomore, Sydney Coffman (26:15), freshman, Kristina Cuison (26:17), junior, Katie Miller (26:31), freshman, Amber Macomber (26:54), and German exchange student, Clara Classen (30:22).