CEDAR SPRINGS — In a reversal of fortune from a year ago, the Greenville Yellow Jackets girls track team finished second at the O-K Bronze Conference meet.
A year ago, Greenville trailed after day one of the league meet (then in the O-K White), before making a comeback to win the championship on day two. This year, the Yellow Jackets held the lead after day one, but could not hold on as Forest Hills Eastern was crowned league champions on Friday night.
Eastern used their depth to finish with 203 points, ahead of Greenville’s 161. Forest Hills Northern was third with 101, followed by West Catholic with 68, Cedar Springs 65 and Northview 24.
“The first day (Thursday), the field events did what they needed to do and what we expected them to do,” Greenville coach Sharon Gianacakos said. “We knew Eastern had a lot of depth. It would have been nice to be conference champs, but with what we have and without Rosalyn (Wyse) the girls stepped up and did great.”
Wyse — a state final qualifier last year — has been out all season with a knee injury.
Taylor Baker and Audrey Wyse led the Yellow Jackets with two first place finishes. Baker won the 200-meter dash (26.11) and the 400 dash (1:00.93). Wyse won the pole vault (10-10) and the 300 hurdles (47.96). Baker was also third in the 100 dash (13.01), while Wyse was second in the 100 hurdles (16.56).
Taylor Christensen was conference champion in the 100 hurdles in 16.34. She also finished eighth in the 300 hurdles (53.44).
Greenville finished the regular season 4-1 in the O-K Bronze. Their lone loss was the Eastern.
“We had a great season and we have no complaints,” Gianacakos said. “The girls worked hard. We are proud of them. Now it’s time to think about regionals.”
Greenville’s 800 relay team placed third with Charlotte Kerr, Taylor Bretzke, Madison Sorsen and Ally Berry.
On Thursday, Leah Somerfield earned conference titles in the shot put and discus.
Greenville boys third
The Greenville boys finished the O-K Bronze regular season in third place and finished in the same position after Friday’s conference meet.
Eastern was first with 175 points. Cedar Springs had 119, Greenville 104, West Catholic 97, Northern 77 and Northview 48.
Jesse Muniz was Greenville’s lone individual top three finisher. Muniz was third in the 110 hurdles in 16.12.
The Yellow Jackets were second in the 400 relay (45.23) with Jake Prosser, Tyler Rasmussen, Eric Plate and Carter Stephens. Greenville placed third in the 1,600 relay (3:37.40) with Alex Dillon, Tyler Rasmussen, Will Kronlein and Kyle Reamer.
“We went in at third place and finished third,” Greenville coach Tim O’Brien said. “Our relays did a great job. All three relays were good. We were hoping one of those would get all-conference, but they all had good times.”
Greenville will compete at regionals on Friday at Grand Haven.