Injury bug hits Grand Ledge girls cross country team

Injury bug hits Grand Ledge girls cross country team

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Injury bug hits Grand Ledge girls cross country team

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Last Saturday at the Bloomfield Hills Invitational head coach Fred Hutchinson was looking forward to see how his top girls would match up against many of the top teams in the state. In the end Hutch felt nothing but pain for his girls as three of them dropped out of the race due to injuries and his team failed to score with just four finishers.

“This was not a fun day,” Hutch said. We had three of our top girls drop out of the race with injuries. Because we only had four finishes we couldn’t score as a team but the girls that did finish ran very good races.

Senior Allison Dible ran to a 12th place finish overall, with another excellent time of 20:24 on a wet soggy course.

Junior Krista Magness also ran well with a 26th place finish with a time of 21:13.

Sophomore Olivia Conway continues to impress as she finished 35th at 21:35 and junior Danielle Snelgrove closed at 22:53, good for 66th place.

That was the good news for Hutch and the team. The bad news was number two runner, senior Christy Snelgrove, sophomore Taryn Hubaker and senior Amanda Schultz all dropped out with unannounced injuries.

“The girls and I are all frustrated because it seemed as if we were just starting to get through some of the injury problems we’ve been dealing with,” Hutch shared.

However, he also praised his runners. “Allison (Dible) ran a very good race against a very very good field. She continues to do a great job for us.” He went on to say, Krista (Magness) really battled back from some trouble early in the race to have a very strong finish. And, Olivia (Conway) had a wonderful race. She closed strong at the end and earned a very respectable finish. And, Danielle (Snelgrove) twisted her ankle during the race, but to her credit was able to finish the race.”

Hutch was also impressed with the way that his reserve runners competed and ran.

“Our jayvee kids had a very good showing. That was the bright spot of the day because some of our jayvee kids demonstrated their ability to step up.”

Junior Madison Arnouts crossed the line first for the jayvees with a time of 23:54.

She was followed by: senior Kelli Benson 27:32, freshman Becky Golisch 24:12, junior Faith Gray 28:01, freshman Grace Johnson 27:08, junior Liz Konen 24:38, junior Courtney Laudick 24:23, freshman Annmarie Maher 23:06, sophomore Kelly Moran 28:32, junior Chelsea Moshkosky 27:14, sophomore Katelynn Novak 24:48, freshman Nicole Novak 24:48, sophomore Caroline Smith 24:39 and senior Brittney Valo 25:09.

“Annmarie (Maher) finished fifth in the jayvee race,” Hutch said. “She really pushed herself and turned in a fantastic race. And, Madison (Arnouts) had the best race in the past two years. I’m really happy with how well she competed.”

Hutch concluded by adding, “Becky Golisch ended up earning a varsity letter by virtue of our seventh place team finish. She has great potential and I think she’ll get better as the season progresses.”

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