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Thornapple Kellogg High School


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Thornapple Kellogg High School

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Thornapple Kellogg High School

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Game Summary

4 months ago

Girls Varsity Cross Country vs. Portage Invitational

Game Date
Oct 5, 2019

Portage Invitational

I thought all the girls raced tough today and I feel really good about how they did. Our varsity team placed 21st out of 44, which even though it doesn’t seem like it, given that it’s a 21st place, it really is respectable given the competition that was on hand.

Today was a good opportunity to learn this course a bit more and to test ourselves against really talented teams. It was also good for us to go head-to-head with most of the teams that we will face in our region, and on the course we will be competing on in three weeks. If today was the regional, we would have placed 5th, and that’s without a very strong Marshall team being there. However, and this is not to make excuses, but we were also without one of our standout athletes, Audrey Meyering.

This basically confirms what I’ve been saying once we started talking about our region. We are in contention for the last two qualifying spots for qualifying for state with about four other teams. Today’s result does not deter my beliefs about our chances of qualifying for state, because our girls are talented, have a lot of heart, and race with a lot of grit. However, they also know that it’s going to take a special effort on the day to get it done. ...I believe they have it in them, and we will see them shine.

Within the varsity race we had five season best times. Here’s the breakdown...

  • Jessie Durkee (20:20)* This was an important race showing Jessie that she can really race well on this course and achieve what she’s capable of achieving.

  • Kendall Snyder (20:42)* Season best. The “Quiet Storm” has arrived.

  • Maddison Nagel (21:27)* Season best...fantastic effort, but will shine even brighter.

  • Elizabeth Meyering (21:35)* Season best...but she is not done. Not by a long shot! So strong!

  • Lucy VandeMark (21:43)* Solid effort, but she will crush this course in three weeks.

  • Lindsey Velting (22:01)* Season best, but look out 22, you will soon be overshadowed by a sub-22.

  • Kelsey Smith (22:34)* Season best...while fighting off asthma! Kelsey is still knocking on new doors.

The junior varsity (JV) had a respectable showing, placing 11th out of 17 against teams that had varsity caliber runners up and down their jv line-ups. We had a lot of strong performances from these girls who were gettin’ after it. 

Within the jv race we had three season bests. Here’s the breakdown.

  • Ainsley Oliver (22:35)* Super solid effort and redemption from a rough go at South Christian. I still believe she is on the rise.

  • Emma Thompson (23:08)* Solid effort. We will see faster times from this hard working young lady as well.

  • Clara Argenta-Laorga (23:31)* Season best. She started the season with a 27:51! I’ll just leave that right there. Wow!

  • Gracie DeWent (24:21)* Season best...and after having leg issues earlier this week!

  • Haven Beyer (24:30)* Good effort, but she is capable of going sub-24 on the right day.

  • Shayne Krystyniak (25:33)* Really good effort, but not her best day. She will be back!

  • Olivia Landry (27:18)* Season best! Steady climber and doing great!

  • Kristina Cuison (28:50)* Really respectable effort, but I believe she can run in the low 28’s.
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