Greenville girls win O-K White track title


By Bruce Bentley • Last Updated 9:26 am on Monday, May 14, 2012

LOWELL — It was an impressive performance for the Greenville Yellow Jackets girls track team on Friday night at Lowell High School.

In addition to winning their first conference title since 1992 (the Seaway Conference) the Yellow Jackets had eight individuals earn all-conference honors.

Greenville scored 157 points to top second place Grand Rapids Christian’s 135. Northview was third, followed by East Grand Rapids, Lowell and GR Creston.

The Yellow Jackets were pretty excited with their win, to say the least.

“They were screaming like crazy. They worked so hard,” said Greenville coach Sharon Gianacakos. “We are so proud of them, coach Tammy Kemp and I. They worked so hard and to see this is so awesome.”

Greenville came into the finals on Friday (preliminaries were on Thursday) down to Christian, but were able to make the comeback for the title.

“We told the girls we needed to step up in the field events,” Gianacakos said. “Christian is very tough in the field events. The girls did what they needed to do. We were down nine points down coming into tonight. Our strong points are the running events.”

Earning all-conference honors were Taylor Baker, Bailey Parmelee, Taylor Christensen, Rosalyn Wyse, Audrey Wyse, Ally Berry, Taylor Bretzke and Taylor Zimmer.

Baker was first in the 100- (12.80) and 200-meter (26.10) dashes. Christensen was first in the 100 hurdles (16.35) and Rosalyn Wyse was first in the 300 hurdles (47.15).

Parmelee placed second in the 800, 1,600 and third in the 3,200 runs. Other second place finishes included Christensen (high jump), Audrey Wyse (pole vault), Gabrielle Willadsen (discus) and Zimmer (shot put).

Rosalyn Wyse was third in the high jump.

The Greenville 800 relay team was first and the 1,600 relay was second.

“They were all awesome. It’s hard to narrow down one performance tonight,” Gianacakos said. “Everybody did it. This was a team effort and every point counted. They knew what they had to do and did this.”

The boys team did not fare as well with a sixth place finish. Christian ran away with the boys conference title with 236 points.

Jesse Muniz was third in the 110 hurdles with a time of 16.17

Both the boys and girls team will compete in the Division 1 regional meet Saturday at Houseman Field.

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