The Jayhawk Cross-Country team traveled to Marysville for their first competition of the 2020 season. Nine full teams and a few more partial teams participated on the windy course along the St. Clair River.
The men’s team got their first taste of an 8k race. It will take an adjustment period to get used to the addional distance from a 5k, but once they settled into their pace they raced well. Leading the way was Adam Wolffis (Fr/Montague HS) 31:32.6 followed closely by Parker Reynolds (So/North Muskegon HS 31:45.9. Rounding out the 8th place team finish was Jerry Mejia (Fr/West Ottawa HS) 32:57.4, Zach Pray (Fr/Fruitport HS) 34:54.2, and Cody Terpstra (Fr/Mona Shores HS) 35:11.6. “I’m confident their next couple races will be strong as they are quick learners,” said Coach Mike Smith after the race.
The women’s team finished 4th overall, only one point away from third place finish. Running a very courageous race from the front in her first college meet was Macy Whipple (Fr/Oakridge HS) 21:13.8 with a 3rd place finish. Hannah Finkler (So/Reeths-Puffer HS) 22;29.3 was second for the team and earning her first ever collegiate medal. Also scoring for the team and pushing hard in their first collegiate races were Faith Clark (Fr/Fruitport HS) 23:09.5, Elizabeth Sible (Fr/Kent City HS) 23:34.5, Kaylin Meyers (Fr/Mona Shores HS) 30:07.8, and Alyssa Hussey (Fr/Reeths-Puffer HS) 30:48.2.
The Jayhawks return to competion on Saturday, 9/26 at the Jackson College Jets Classic.