With a slight breeze, overcast and drizzling day, the region 3 cross country met began. Saturday the Hudsonville girls cross country team placed 6th in the region. Zoe Louis finished her 1st cross country season with a strong performance bettering her seeded place by 7 spots. Alyssa Sanchez also had a great performance, running hard start to finish, even though she came up one place short of qualifying for the State meet. Melanie Helder was the lone female harrier to qualify for the state meet. Although she did not place as high as she was ranked (3rd) she challenged herself in many aspects and placed 8th overall.
The boys placed 8th overall as a team. David McManus finished his season bettering his region seeded place by 7 spots (55 to 48) and Noah Keillor also bettered his by 5 spots (75 to 70). Kyle Chamberlain, the lone varsity senior runner placed 35th. The big surprise of the day was when 23th seeded Derek Sanchez took it upon himself to lead the highly talented pack of runners through a mile and a quarter and stayed strong to finish 8th!!! Earning him a trip to the State meet!. Derek maintained great poise and control throughout the entire race. He found a way to get past that “I hurt feeling, I want to just stop feeling”. Derek also ran a lifetime personal record.
You can watch Melanie and Derek next week November 7th at the Michigan International Speedway racing at the State meet in the afternoon.
These are very young teams with little experience. Many of these runners now see what it takes to compete at the highest level in one of the toughest distance running regions in the state. If they decide to commit to a goal to compete amongst the best, they could be the teams to watch next season.