ALLENDALE — Last spring, Bailey Parmelee of Greenville qualified for the state track meet in two events — the one mile and the two mile. She will return to the state level, but this time running a 3.1 mile race.
With a time of 17:56.50, Parmelee, a senior, placed second out of 104 entries at the Division 1 Regional 2 race at Allendale on Saturday. The top 15 contenders, along with the top three teams will compete Saturday at the state tournament at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn.
“Bailey got a PR (personal record) and beat another school record. Right now she is ranked 12th in the state, but it will be interesting to see how other girls in other regions did in their races,” Greenville coach Sharon Gianacakos said.
Teammates Christina Ledezma, a senior, and Maddison Sorsen, a sophomore, also earned PRs.
“I was seeded second and hoping to finish second. I stayed with the other girl (first place finisher Taylor Manett of Rockford) for a while,” Parmelee said. “Then she really took off and I tried to at least keep her in my view the rest of the race.”
The course, which ended on the Allendale High School track, was flat with only one small hill, but lots of turns.
“It was good weather, not too windy,” Parmelee said. “The course was a little wet in the woods, but other than that is was an easy one to run.”
In her very first season of competing in cross country, Parmelee’s startegy for the state tournament is simple.
“I’ll try to do my best and see what happens,” she said.
Competing against 14 schools, the GHS girls team placed seventh with a score of 254. Following Parmelee were Ledezma at 52nd with a time of 21:20, Julia Hansen at 58th at 21:34, Sorsen at 70th place with a time of 22:02.60, Elizabeth Austin at 22:11.50 and Ali Loding finishing at 22:13.90, at 72nd and 73rd places and Clarice Callahan at 92nd with a time of 23:15.90.
Hudsonville, Rockford and Grand Haven teams earned the top three spots with scores of 57, 59 and 60 to earn the team qualifiers.
The GHS boys team finished 10th out of a field of 15 teams with a score of 289.
Rockford was first with 47 points, followed by Grand Haven with 63 and Grandville with 87.
Senior Jorgen Chapin led the Jackets with a time of 18:08.20 at 48th place with senior Danny Hansen at 49th with a time of 18:10.
“Last year we had rain and wind and the weather was perfect this year,” Chapin said. “I knew this would be the last time I ran and really worked on getting ready mentally before the race. I wanted to go all out.”
Coach Steve Rains said many of the teams in the division are not in the conference, meaning Greenville does not often run with them.
“It is a pretty competitive division with many of the top runners placing in the 15 and 16 minute range,” Rains said. “We got PRs from Jorgen and Allen Hansen. Allen had been earning a time in the low 19s, 19:02 and 19:03 and really wanted to break that 19 mark and he did.”
Chris Jacobsen finished third on the team and 54th overall with a time of 18:22 followed by Allen Hansen’s 18:44 time, 66th place finish overall. Rounding out the team for the boys were Kyle Reamer (72nd) with a time of 19:06.60, Quentin Callahan right on his tail in 73rd with a time of 19:09. Logan Orlowski finished 88th with 20:01.
“We had a good season with a lot of the guys, even the underclassmen, stepping it up and working hard,” Danny Hansen said.