50 Tickets to Brooklyn: #45

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  • Lila came into the high school scene projected to be a top freshman and she’s lived up to those expectations
  • At the middle school level, she won multiple races, got into the 12’s in cross country, and broke 6:00 in 8th grade
  • On the track, she’s continued that progress into track, improving from 5:43 to 5:16 and displaying some 800m speed along the way
  • Last fall, she eased into the season with a few introductory races, then just started shattering barriers one after another: sub-20 at Central Montcalm, sub-19 at Shepherd
  • And along the way, became the #1 girl on a Kent City squad that got better as the year went along, all the way to a 2nd place finish at MIS
  • Lila just knows success, as she’s a prominent part of a basketball team that finished as state runners-up as well

9Lila Volkers19:35.1136.0CM HornetCentral Montcalm HS11-Sep
9Lila Volkers19:29.9124.0SpartaFruitridge Hayrides18-Sep
9Lila Volkers18:57.0140.0BluejayShepherd HS2-Oct
9Lila Volkers18:59.6144.1PortagePortage West MS9-Oct
9Lila Volkers19:10.9147.0Kent OttawaGainey Fields16-Oct
9Lila Volkers18:47.7135.421 AllendaleAllendale HS30-Oct
9Lila Volkers18:54.6133.8D3 StateMIS6-Nov
9Lila Volkers19:07.1135.3MMOCShepherd HS13-Nov

  • Grand Rapids Christian sure just turns them out, huh? Last year, you had Tinsae and Zwart, Reuben is coming into his own, and you’ve got more in the pipeline as well
  • Reuben is just one of those that has stuck around and made progress throughout every year, now that progress has turned into reliability and occasionally, greatness
  • As a freshman and sophomore, he showed glimpses of speed, breaking 18:00 in both campaigns, but never establishing a consistency
  • But from October 2nd 2021 on, all his performances were sub-17:00, coinciding with the Eagles run towards a top-5 finish at MIS.
    • Even on a regional day where most of the state trudged through swamps, he still ran 16:48 to finish 7th at Allendale
  • But back to that improvement, his best time as a sophomore was 17:32, his best as a junior, 16:32
    • Which plays out in the ratings too, in championship season, his average drop was more than a minute per race
  • Similar jumps abounded during track as well, 2:16 to 1:59 and 4:45 to 4:21
    • As a late bloomer, can that be 1:55 and 4:15 next year? I’m betting on it

11Reuben Wiering17:18.5176.2Pete MossBenzie Central HS28-Aug
11Reuben Wiering17:31.2171.6OK White 1Gainey Fields8-Sep
11Reuben Wiering17:18.4178.2Ottawa HillsRiverside Park17-Sep
11Reuben Wiering16:39.7182.4OK White 2Riverside Park22-Sep
11Reuben Wiering17:02.2181.3Cougar FalconGainey Fields25-Sep
11Reuben Wiering16:46.6183.1Otsego BulldogOtsego HS2-Oct
11Reuben Wiering16:32.5182.8OK White 3Brookside GC6-Oct
11Reuben Wiering16:46.3187.2PortagePortage West MS9-Oct
11Reuben Wiering16:45.8181.1OK White 4South Christian HS20-Oct
11Reuben Wiering16:48.5181.211 AllendaleAllendale HS30-Oct
11Reuben Wiering16:40.0184.0D2 StateMIS6-Nov
11Reuben Wiering16:47.2183.3MMOCShepherd HS13-Nov

10Reuben Wiering155.5FHE GRC DualGainey Fields22-Aug
10Reuben Wiering152.8Pete MossBenzie Central HS29-Aug
10Reuben Wiering147.6OK White (GF)Gainey Fields16-Sep
10Reuben Wiering149.8OK White 2Lowell HS23-Sep
10Reuben Wiering163.1Cougar FalconGainey Fields26-Sep
10Reuben Wiering168.5Bulldog EliteOtsego HS3-Oct
10Reuben Wiering165.5OK White ChampionshipByron Center West MS14-Oct
10Reuben Wiering167.3Kent OttawaGainey Fields17-Oct
10Reuben Wiering159.1PR 26South Christian Sports Park23-Oct
10Reuben Wiering160.5D2 Reg 13Otsego HS31-Oct
10Reuben Wiering156.8D2 StateMIS6-Nov

9Reuben Wiering149.3Pete MossBenzie Central HS
9Reuben Wiering114.1Christian SchoolSouth Christian Athletic Complex
9Reuben Wiering137.5Cougar FalconGainey Fields
9Reuben Wiering153.3Otsego BulldogOtsego HS
9Reuben Wiering159.4PortagePortage West MS
9Reuben Wiering152.1OK GoldThornapple Kellogg HS
9Reuben Wiering162.2Allendale PROMAllendale HS

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