Alliance League Cross Country Championship results from a cold, rainy and windy race at Holland Calvary. “Race conditions were nearly the poorest I have ever had a team compete in since I began Coaching Cross Country in 1978.” Racing on a course that was mostly under water combined with a number of mud patches, times were not great. It would take great effort and focus to compete at your best.
The WMAA girls team came in to the meet having won the first two league meets. The Aviators were not at full strength missing on of their top runners home sick. However the Aviators won the league championship by 2 points. Freshman Kayla Barna earned All Conference Honors. All-Conference Honorable Mention went to Junior Melinda Weaver, and the freshmen duo ofMeigan Lanning and Izzy Saffell. Times were slow, understandably, but the effort was fantastic.
The Aviators came into the championship tied for first with #4 in the State in Division 4 Potters House. Potters House finished ahead of WMAA in recent weeks including at the Kent-Ottawa meet last Saturday. Led by Senior Jack Tamlyn who finished runner-up in the race and joined Maxim Reuchlein as All-Conference the Aviators won the meet by a scant 6 points. Honorable Mention honors went to freshman Jack DeVries, Sophomore Hunter Norman, Senior Tristan Mayton and Senior Adrian Maratala-Alonzo. Sophomore Charlie Dann also beat the Potters House number 5 man to help solidify the win.
The Aviators race again next Friday in the Divison II Regional number 14 at Uncle John’s Cider Mill in St. Johns, Michigan. Five of the top 15 teams in Division II in the state are in both the girls and boys race.