Injuries and sicknesses are finally subsiding on the Hudsonville cross country team as they head into the final stretch of the 2015 season. The girls are still missing their #5 runner Madison Cook due to a slight foot fracture. She hopes to be able to race at the OK Red conference meet October 22nd at Riverside Park. Other girls have picked up the pace to fill that void.
At the Kent/Ottawa Country cross country championship Melanie Helder lead the way winning the meet with a time of 18:21. Alyssa Sanchez had another strong race with placing 12th overall and 2nd in the Ottawa County scoring. Zoe Louis ran another 20:08 and is ready to break into the 19’s soon. Allison Frank continues to gain confidence and pushes herself to another lifetime PR with a 20:12 performance. Anna Haseley ran a stellar race winning the JV Girls race with a 20:36. These girls will have to get 5 girls under 20:00 at the Regional meet to have a chance at qualifying for the coveted state meet. The top 5 teams at the Region 3 meet are all very close with talent and it will take great performances by all teams to make it on.
On the Boy’s side 3 guys were under 17:00 for the first time this season. Derek Sanchez shows his leadership by pushing the pace from start to finish. He ran a lifetime PR that lead the pack with a time of 16:49. Closely followed by Dylan Lame and Kyle Chamberlain. Freshman Casey Olson was hot on their heels coming in at a 17:08. The boys are performing well and ready to drop more time at the conference and regional meet. The boy’s chances of qualifying for the state meet is similar to the girls. They will need 5 guys well under 17:00 to have a shot. The boys’s teams are very competitive in the region and great performances will be needed.