Greenville boys track faced tough teams in O-K Bronze

By Chip Burch • Last Updated 9:54 am on Thursday, June 20, 2013

Greenville junior Alex Dillon just out of the blocks during a 400-meter race this season.

GREENVILLE — Greenville’s boys track team had a pretty good showing in the first year of the O-K Bronze Conference.

The Yellow Jackets finished third to Grand Rapids Forest Hills Eastern and Cedar Springs.

“The boys always set goals to win the conference, but they gave a great effort throughout the season,” Coach Tim O’Brien said. “If you look at the rankings in the Grand Rapids Press they had Forest Hills Eastern as one of the top team. And Cedar Springs had a close dual with them and they were a tough team, too.”

The Jackets sent just their 800-meter relay team of of Eric Plate, Tyler Rasmussen, Alex Dillon and Carter Stephens to the Division 1 state finals. They didn’t place.

O’Brien noted some of his seniors were key to the success of the team, led by Rasmussen.

“This was his first year out in sprints,” O’Brien noted of Rasmussen.

“Scott Scripter in distance and Jesse Muniz in the hurdles. They were all seniors. They had great leadership.”

“Greg Krusniak came out again. He came out as a freshman then came out this year.”

O’Brien likes Greenville’s chances next year.

“As you can see, the names I mentioned were key kids,” he said. “We have some really good juniors and sophomores coming up and I really like the freshman class, as well. I think we’ll be strong in the sprints and middle distance. We need to continue to improve on our field events.”

Greenville will also try to contend in the conference, but there are teams to overcome.

“Every year they set that as their goal and they will again next year,” O’Brien said. “Those two teams will be strong. Forest Hills Eastern didn’t lose a lot of guys and Cedar is always tough. They’re both well-coached.”

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