Greenville girls track had many standouts


By Chip Burch • Last Updated 1:53 pm on Thursday, June 20, 2013

Greenville’s Taylor Baker takes the baton from teammate Ally Berry during a meet this season at Yellow Jacket Stadium.

GREENVILLE — Greenville girls track coach Sharon Gianacakos learned something about her team in the first year the Yellow Jackets were in the O-K Bronze Conference.

“I look at the size we have with the girls and what we can accomplish with larger teams,” Gianacakos said. “We match well with the larger teams.”

One of those teams she’s referring to is Grand Rapids Forest Hills Eastern.

“It was a hard loss because that (Forest Hills Eastern) was the only team we lost to in the conference all season,” Gianacakos said. “I still feel we had a great success because Eastern finished second in the Division 2 state meet.”

Gianacakos had three girls go to the state finals in track. Audrey Wyse was eighth in the pole vault for the only one of the trio to place.

Outside of Wyse, Taylor Baker and Leah Somerfield as the other finalists, Gianacakos had a large number of athletes who stood out to her.

“Gabby (Gabrielle) Willadsen is a senior,” she said. “She’s one of my throwers that was consistent all four years but she did  her best in shot and discus. She was consistent and a shining light on the team where she improved throughout the season. We needed that, especially in field events.

“Maddie Sorsen, who we can throw her just about anywhere, in a relay or an open 800-meter run, she was very impressive. She was our Most Dedicated winner this season. Her times continually improved throughout the season in the 800.

Madison Sorsen finishes the final stretch of an 800-meter run this season at home.

“You have individual standouts but you have girls that are quiet behind the scenes that score points and helped the team. Ally Berry was strong person on our relay team and running the sprints and improved throughout the season. Taylor Zimmer is another one. She did a nice job throwing this year. She continued to improve and work hard throughout the season. Taylor Bretzke was a smart runner and works hard. She was determined to bring her time down in the open 400.”

Gianacakos said she is optimistic about next season.

“I’m losing eight seniors, which we have big shoes to fill,” she said. “We’re losing a lot of talent, but we have strength in the field events and sprinting. We’ll be rebuilding. We’ll have a young team. It will be interesting to see what’s coming up. It will depend on how well they will do. You never know how they will do until they come up to high school.”

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