GRAND RAPIDS — Saturday was one of the better days for a track meet, but only if you were a spectator.
“It had to be at least 90 degrees at the track at Houseman (Field) and there was no air because you’re in a bowl,” Greenville girls track coach Sharon Gianacakos said.
It didn’t seem to matter for three Yellow Jackets who will be heading to the Division 1 state finals after their performance in Saturday’s regional.
Rosalyn Wyse is a finalist in two events. She was the winner of the 300-meter hurdles (47.03) and was second in the high jump (5-0).
“She (Rosalyn Wyse) has worked hard all season long to get her time down,” Gianacakos said. “Her goal was to make it to state in the 300. For the high jump, she’s been consistently improving. I’d like her to get past the 5-foot mark. I know she can do it.”
Her twin sister Audrey made it to the state finals in the pole vault (9-8).
“Pole vault ran so long,” Gianacakos said. “She (Aurdey Wyse) qualified for state with a jump of 9-8 and that helped her relax. Anything else she did was icing on the cake. She didn’t get her jump in until after the 800 relay.”
And Bailey Parmelee finished second in both the 1,600 (5:03.18) and the 3,200 (11:16.77). Both times Parmelee finished behind Rockford’s Taylor Manett.
“We purposely wanted her (Parmelee) to run those two,” Gianacakos said. “In a normal track meet we would have had her run four. We wanted her to focus on two events. She ran wonderful.”
Greenville’s girls team finished fifth with 57 points, but that was not enough to make it to the team state finals. They finished half a point ahead of Jenison but well behind Rockford’s 170.
“I thought they performed great,” Gianacakos said. “All along, this team of girls has been a team. Each girl performs to help out the team. Especially, after winning the conference. It’s important to each individual on the team do their best and that helps the team.”
Gianacakos was especially pleased with her team’s finish in those conditions and against some very good schools at the regional.
“It was a long day for every athlete out there.” she said. “It was a long day, hot, and the girls were competing in the field events and running. They gave all their energy as much as they could.”
The Yellow Jacket boys didn’t have any qualifiers for the state finals, as they scored five points on a sixth in the 800-meter relay (1:35.76) and a seventh in the 3,200-meter relay (9:00.05).
Greenville’s track teams aren’t done, however, as they will head to the West Michigan Meet of Champions on Tuesday.
Other area qualifiers
Division 3 — Lakeview
Boys: Dillon Wood, long jump, 22-7; 300 hurdles, 41.5; Brad Root, pole vault, 12-0; 400-meter relay (Wood, Kyle Ringlever, Zac Tannis, Joe Main), 44.7; 800-meter relay (Wood, Kyle Ringlever, Zac Tannis, Joe Main), 1:32.3.
Girls: Alex King, high jump, 5-0 and 300 hurdles; Sarah Mattix, pole vault, 8-10; Nele Tarras, long jump; 400-meter relay (King, Tarras, Tasha Sanders, Keelie Outman).
Division 4 — Montabella
Boys: Jonny Durham, pole vault, 12-2.
Girls: Cora Okkema, discus, 110-6 and shot put, 38-4; Rebekah Irani, discus, 97-7.