The West Ottawa Girls Cross Country team opened the season this past Friday (Aug 28) with a win against Portage Central 24 to 31. The Panthers were led by Arianne Olson who won the race in 18:44. Sophie Bonnema was 3rd with a lifetime best time of 20:14. She was followed by her sister Abby Bonnema in 4th in 20:21. Megan Postma (7th) and Lillian Reiner (9th) rounded out the top 5 scorers.
On Tuesday, Cross Country opened up their OK Red season with a home meet against East Kentwood. The Panthers came away with a dominate win 17-42. Olson, Bonnema, Bonnema, and Postma finished 1-2-3-4 with Reiner (7th), Abby Green (8th) and Claire Vellinga (11th). The girls JV squad swept the Top 5 places of the JV competition with Anna VanderWege, Caitlin Derby, Rachel Kennedy, Lily Bartels, and Kayla Berghorst being the 5 scorers for the JV squad.
Cross country’s next race is the annual West Ottawa Bredeweg Invite on Saturday Sept 12.