Overall Meet Comments: It was a great night for racing. “Caledonia was dominant and earned a perfect score. Nobody was going to touch them, so it was basically a battle for second. Wayland and South Christian are of course tough again this year, and though Wayland got the best of us tonight, it was good to see that we are right there with them.”
First Meet of the season- After the Kenowa Invitational was cancelled, it seemed like a really long time before our first race, so it was exciting to get started on our season.
Performances/Athletes- “First of all, I thought everyone on our team put in a great effort and gave it what they had and I appreciate this very much. It’s always tough in the first meet of the season because it’s basically a learning experience. For our new runners it’s learning the distance and learning how to race. For the veterans it’s remembering what this whole cross country racing thing is all about. It’s good to have this first one down.”
“Our top two girls tonight, Jessica Durkee and Kendall Synder are freshman, and this was not a huge surprise to us because they had been showing signs of what they had to bring in practices. I’m thrilled that their practice efforts translated in the meet. It was tough for them, but it’s a tough sport.”
“Juniors Audrey and Elizabeth Meyering, and senior Bree Bonema continued to be solid for us. I thought they ran smart, and worked their way through the field throughout the race.”
:”Our final two scoring runners were seniors Georgia Kaboos and Shylin Robirds. This was Georgia’s first high school cross country race and I thought she did great. I think she will improve as the season goes on and she learns the distance and this style of running, versus track which she is already used to. Shylin has been battling an injury and it continued to plague her tonight, but she’s a tough nut. She has been, and will be doing more cross training than running as she works through her injury, and with good care and a little luck, we hope to have her back to full strength.”