Overall Meet Comments:
I loved what I saw from our girls tonight. I saw fire in their eyes and they showed up ready to go to work! East Grand Rapids and Grand Rapids Christian once again showed that, not only the OK Gold, but the state of Michigan should be on notice that they are not messing around. Forest Hills Eastern looked strong as usual, but we hope that later in the season, that we will be knocking on their door. We were able to hold South Christian and Wayland down, and we need to keep doing this. They are tough teams, and we will continue to battle them, but I believe our girls are up for the challenge.
Top 7 Performances/Athletes-
Freshman standout Jessica Durkee was fearless and took charge of the race early. She not only led our team, but all of the teams. She eventually was overtaken by the powerhouse ladies in our conference, but she stayed strong and was the pointy end girl we needed.
I am particularly excited about what senior Bree Bonema brought today. She showed strong leadership that provided inspiration to the ladies that followed. She was the spark that our team needed to really get after it. Junior Audrey Meyering also played a strong support role, working together with Bree to pull our team along. Senior Shylin Robirds followed Audrey fairly closely, and continues to amaze me. She has been “sentenced” to the elliptical trainer due to injury and she gets after it every day, and then shows up to race on grit and determination. Finishing next was Georgia Kaboos, who has been dealing with illness and continues to gain experience and momentum. It’s fun watching her learn and grow in the sport. Junior Elizabeth Meyering is a strong athlete who had a fairly solid day, but I believe she will bring a lot more as the season progresses. Maybe as early as this Saturday at the Cedar Springs Invitational. Junior Gracie DeWent rounded out our scoring seven, and was a whole lot of fun to watch today. She brought maximum effort that her body did not allow her to give last year.
Our girls really worked hard, from our first runner to our last, and our team is better for it.