Olivetathletics.com is counting down the top 10 Olivet High School sports stories of 2015-16. Here is No. 3…
After capturing its second straight Greater Lansing Activities Conference championship – and third league title in as many years counting the Kalamazoo Valley Association crown in 2014 – the girls’ track and field team is second to none when it comes to Olivet High School’s most successful athletic programs.
And for that accomplishment, the Lady Eagles make up the No. 3 OHS sports story of 2015-16.
In this year’s GLAC Championships on May 25, Coach Brian Lincoln’s squad placed first with 157 points compared to 130 for runner-up Perry. The top finish, coupled with an undefeated record in GLAC dual meets, gave Olivet a championship that surprised very few.
“I had a pretty good idea they could repeat as GLAC champs, but you never know from year to year with injuries and other craziness in the spring,” said Lincoln, who took over the program in 2015.
Fortunately for Olivet, there were minimal injuries and craziness when it came to returning all-staters Logan Kyre, Noelle Rohde and Taylor Sinclair. The trio brought stability to the Eagles’ sprint relays, and all three excelled in individual events as well.
At the GLAC meet, Kyre won the 300-meter hurdles, Sinclair broke the tape in the 100 dash and Rohde dominated the long jump. They also joined Makenzi Lampka for a winning effort in the 400 relay.
Other league champs were Bailey Hoffman in the shot put and discus; Thalia Garza in the 400 dash; and the 3200 relay of Kelsie Letts, Hazel Anderson, Teona Feldpausch and Morgan Greenman.
Six Eagles – Kyre, Rohde, Sinclair, Hoffman, Lambka and Kay Morton (800 relay) – qualified for the Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 3 State Championships on June 4 at Comstock Park High School.
Kyre turned in the best performance, placing second in the 100 hurdles en route to all-state honors for the second consecutive season. She also crossed the line sixth in the 300 hurdles and was part of the fifth-place 400 relay.
“The girls performed so well the entire season,” Lincoln said. “They just did their job each and every meet.
“The state meet was pretty impressive. The athletes worked so hard to get there. Logan had quite a day. She worked so hard this year…It was an awesome accomplishment for her and the relay team.”