just some good reading for you all....
Sammy Hunt - her best race of the year by far, earning her 4 time all-regional honors. Freshman year 2nd, sophomore 2nd, junior 2nd, senior 3rd. She always runs her best in the big races and today it showed. 19:13, her best time of the year.
Amber Kassuba - 3 time all - regional, 7th overall in 19:24, her best season time so far... Amber has had an amazing race at the state finals the last two years. she saves her best for last. she's up when she needs to be up.
amanda olds - 9th to earn her first ALL-REGIONAL honors. 19:28, not her best time of the season but I think she's going to surprise some people at MIS. Still a great race today in a very tough field.
Dawn Pagels - HUGE race for this tough freshman. 17th overall and her 20:01 was a season best by almost 30 seconds. She's coming on fast and looking great. In any other regional she'd have earned top 15 all regional honors but with 3 ranked teams in this region it was just15 seconds off.
Anna Kassuba - a pretty good race from anna. 18th place. Anna has the ability to give it all and she did that today, but on Saturday at MIS I think she's got something more to show everyone. In any other regional she'd have earned individual all-regional honors.
Savannah Hypio - improving fast and had a season best time of 20:31, close to her best from last season. She's been having some trouble with her shins but today she ran great, beating Petoskey's 5th girl and making our margin of victory one point better.
Krystin Dreyer, 21:47 for the tough sophomore... I'm hoping Krystin gives track a shot this season as the 400m and 800m will probably earn her all-regional honors. She has the most leg speed on the team at the end of a race.
The girls were tough from start to finish today. Our 29 point win over Petoskey was by far our largest margin of victory this season. We're peaking at the right time, resting when we need to rest and at MIS we can put it together for a top 5 finish. I'm especially proud of Sammy's great race today. Very few GHS girls have earned FOUR year all-regional honors and I'm impressed. Not only was she all-regional, her 2nd, 2nd, 2nd, 3rd finishes are the best in GHS history. She's "ON" when she needs to be "ON" for the big days.
After the finish of the boys race I know the boys were not happy, but the future of GHS XC for the boys is bright.
Jayden Hesselink had a solid race in 17:09, just missing all-regional honors and a trip to the state finals by 4 seconds. Although this is a tough break for Jayden he returns for a senior season where he'll be one of the top runners in the region. He's the 7th fastest returner for next year and I'm confident he'll lead our team to some top results next year.
Andrew Olds graduates as a 2 time all-conference and 2 time all-regional runner. I know Andrew's not happy with his 17:26 today but awards from previous years and his commitment to hard work speak for themselves. He's definitely one of the hardest working athletes I've ever coached and he's able to extract a supreme effort when needed. This is one mentally tough kid who will shine on the mats this wrestling season.
Bryan Slocum will return as the 17th fastest runner for next season based on his 17:34 finish today. Bryan has improved over TWO MINUTES from last season and has been a huge part of our success this season. He's a great worker with a great attitude and I'm looking forward to another two years with him...
Joe Jones finished as our 4th man today, his best finish of the season. Joe is one tough runner, coming into this season with little running experience. He's improved steadily over the course of the year and finished just seconds off his season best today. joe will be a big part of our varsity next year.
Sean Hope - ran sick today and it showed. When you are sick its nearly impossible to give it your all, but his 17:50 at Elk Rapids is a sign that great things will come in the future.
Lucas Avenall - had an off day, but his future is bright. His 17:50 at Elk rapids is a sign that big things will come his way.
Wade McMillion - made varsity and improved all season. With some summer miles he could be tough as a junior.