Yellow Jackets runners battle O-K White foes


By Lori Hansen • Last Updated 6:12 pm on Monday, September 26, 2011

Runners takes off at the Sept. 21 O-K White cross country jamboree at Riverside Park.

Julia Bos of Grand Rapids Christian and Bailey Parmalee of Greenville cruise through the first mile of a Sept. 21 race at Riverside Park.

GRAND RAPIDS — The course was nice and flat, the temperatures were perfect, but the wind played havoc on harriers at Wednesday’s OK White Jamboree at Riverside Park in Grand Rapids.
Competing against the six other teams that comprise the conference, the women’s race was won by Grand Rapids Christian junior Julia Bos with a time of 18:01:40. Greenville’s Bailey Parmalee placed second with a time of 18:36:20 in a field of 144 runners.
“It was too windy, which definitely effects times,” said Bos, “I like this course because it is flat,but it was awful bumpy in spots.”
Parmalee, in her first cross country season, agreed the wind and the bumps were a deteriment.
“You had to be careful not to turn an ankle,” she said.
Greenville coach Sharon Gianackos said her team placed in the middle of the teams as expected.
“We had a few girls get PRs (personal records). Though it is the same distance as all other races, tis course feels like a very long one. It is flat, but lumpy and very windy today,” she said.
Julia Hansen placed 35th with a time of 21:59:80, followed by Christina Ledezma at 39th with a time of 22:14:20. Serena Reamer  was 42nd at 22:24:00, and Elizabeth Austin rounded out the top five at 56th with a time of 22:51:10.
“The girls are really working hard and we are excited about racing in Cedar Springs onSaturday,” she said.
Grand Rapids Christian also took first in the men’s race. Junior Wuoi Mach ran a 16:33:90, narrowly beating out Esrom Woldemicheal of Northview with a time of 16:37:10.
“I’m doing cross country as training for basketball. I played soccer last year, competing against Esrom there, too, but I’ve run track and coaches encouraged me to do cross instead of soccer this year,” said Mach, adding Woldemicheal is a dual-athlete, taking on both cross country and soccer this year.
“I missed the first meet of the season, so this is only my fifth race. I runthe 800 and 400 for track, and really liked the nice flat last 200 yards of this course where I could just sprint the rest of the way,” he said.
For Greenville, Danny Hansen ran a 17:53:60, placing 11th, followed by Jorgen Chapin at 25th at 18:34:90.  Chris Jacobsen ran the course at 18:42:70, finishing 30th with Logan Orlowski at 33rd with a time of 18:55:40. Allen Hansen ran a 19:15:10, placing 42nd out of 134 athletes.
Greenville Coach Steve Rains said strategy was to pass and don’t get passed, and the men made a good attempt to follow that.
“There is a lot of good effort out there. We are looking forward to continue to get PR’s and watch the times drop,” he said.

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