Girls Varsity Cross Country
Game Summaries & Headlines.
- Game Date
- Sep 14, 2020
TK 18, SC 39...TK 15, HOP 48...SC 19, HOP 44
Thornapple Kellogg v. South Christian v. Hopkins
As far as fall days go, this was a beautiful one, and one fit for racing cross country against your crosstown rivals. South Christian showed up looking to knock Thornapple Kellogg down a peg on their home course, but the TK girls weren’t having it. Both teams started out strong and without clear separation until TK’s Jessica Durkee (20:26) imposed her will on the field after about half a mile into the race. To her credit, South Christian’s Emily Langerak (21:24) held strong for a long time. However, the gap got bigger and she was being stalked heavily from behind by Emelia MacDonald (21:16) who ultimately overtook her in the last quarter mile to earn second overall with her personal best.
This only tells part of the story though because South Christian had a strong and steady pack of girls showing that they were no joke. They filled most of the pointy end for the first half of the race. But then, the four horsewomen of TK consisting of Emelia MacDonald, Lucy VanDemark (21:29), Maddison Nagel (21:56), and Kendall Snyder (22:02) were patient long enough and broke South Christians pack apart and took control of the race. Enough was enough and these girls were hard charging. They took control, and they kept their feet on the gas. It went from a sea of dark blue to an orange crush.
Meanwhile sisters Holly Velting (22:31) and Lindsey Velting (22:55) were putting up their own strong efforts, in spite of not feeling their best. They were followed by Emma Thompson (23:47) who closed out TK’s varsity finishers. All of this to mark a V.I.C.T.O.R.Y over South Christian 18 to 39.
In the jv race Ainsley Oliver (22:58) led the way for TK and put herself back into the varsity top eight, and was knocking on the door of the top seven, with a season best performance.
Although South Christian’s numerous jv runners won the day in the jv team race, there were great things happening for TK. One was strong season debut’s from TK’s Keanna Dudik (25:42) and Christel Hoskins (29:01). Another was season bests from Anna Benedict, Olivia Landry, Kelsey Smith, Marian Gielnicki, Laine Hinton, Mollie Moore, Kate Powers, and Emma Schut.
The girls did a great job and it was a fun team race to watch unfold. It’s exciting to watch such a smart group of runners really taking the race into their own hands. This team picks each other up when the other isn’t having her best day, but even if one isn’t having her best day, each of them busts her butt for the team. They are there for each other and that mentality is going to take them a long way. There is still work to be done, but these girls are up for the challenge.