BELDING – It was a beautiful day for golfing, yet it was runners who descended upon the Belding’s Candlestone Golf and Resort for an O-K White Conference Jamboree.
“The venue worked out great with many of the teams in our conference coming from the south and the west,” Greenville boys cross country coach Steve Rains said.
Grand Rapids Christian won the boys even with a score of 22. Northview had 59, East Grand Rapids 60, Greenville 117, Lowell 142 and Grand Rapids Creston 170.
East Grand Rapids won the girls event with a score of 28. Christian had 52, Lowell 85, Greenville 105 and Northview 115. Creston did not have enough runners tom complete a score.
“We are making a strong effort and are right were we expected to be in the conference,” Rains said. “The goal is to get by one runner at a time and to improve our times. We are doing that.”
Wednesday, with temperatures in the 70s, was not a day for many personal records.
“We started the season with warm temperatures then adjusted to it cooling down, only to have it get warm again today,” Rains said. “It is very warm and difficult to adjust.”
Northview’s Esrom Woldemicheal, a junior, was first for the boys with a time of 16:59.90.
Danny Hansen, a senior, was first among the Yellow Jackets with a 18:42.30. He was 19th out of the 122 competitors.
Greenville’s Chris Jacobsen (28th) ran 19:02.8, Allen Hansen (33rd) 19:10.7, Kyle Reamer (37th) 19:17.07 and Kenny Wood (41st) 19:28.7.
Though Grand Rapids Christian junior Julia Bos and Greenville senior Bailey Parmelee were together at the 2-mile mark, it was Bos who pulled ahead to finish with a time of 18:39.80. Parmelee completed the course with a time of 18:54.10.
Greenville’s Serena Reamer placed 38th with a time of 22:26.7. Christina Ledezma (42nd) ran 22:38.5, Madison Sorensen (54th) 23:20.4 and Clarice Callahan (61st) 23:48.9.
“My goal was to stay with her as long as I could,” said Parmelee.
Bos knew the warmer temperatures would make it a more difficult race.
“Besides the fact that the ground was softer in places, the weather alone will make it so we will not get our fastest times,” Bos said.
Greenville girls coach Sharon Gianacakos said the six teams will meet once again on Oct 19 in Lowell for their final conference meet.
“We are coming in right in the middle of the pack,” Gianacakos said. “We have a younger team with the bulk of it consisting of juniors and sophomores. We knew with the hot weather we would not get a lot of PRs today, but instead our goal was to pass someone, one at a time, and to get a higher place than last time. We prefer to run when it is between 60 and 65 degrees, and today was much warmer than that. But it was a good time to work on getting stronger.”