“I’ve been told that WMC actually won a state title in cross country, 30 or 40 years ago,” said girls coach Kevin Aardema. “To get the program going again — that’s what our home course is going to do for us.”
Aardema has already seen the benefits of having a home course, saying that he thought it was a major factor in the program’s size increasing from seven to 28 runners this year. Those runners took an active role in making the track a reality this summer.
“The kids are the ones who built most of this course,” Aardema said. “Sure I mapped it out, but they cut the trees and dug out the stumps, and everything else.”
The Warriors put forth a solid showing in their inaugural home meet as the boys finished third in their home River Valley Conference Jamboree. The WMC girls placed second.
Covenant Christian won in both races.
“It was a great meet,” Aardema said. “Our kids did well. We’re really not very competitive with Covenant, (but) we knew that coming in. We’ve competed against them in four or five meets already. As a result, we didn’t go crazy on getting a team score.”
Lauren Myers was the top female runner for the Warriors, coming in second with a time of 23 minutes, 31 seconds.
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