East Kentwood’s Isaac Cox, Grandville’s Sammy Mondry are O-K Red cross country champs; Rockford sweeps team titles – MLive.com
East Kentwood’s Isaac Cox, Grandville’s Sammy Mondry are O-K Red cross country champs; Rockford sweeps team titles

Jeff Chaney | The Grand Rapids Press, October 22, 2009 9:30 p.m.

KENTWOOD — Isaac Cox loves to run in the mud.

So, aside from running on his home course at the O-K Red Conference cross country championship meet Thursday, the East Kentwood senior felt right at home on a wet and slick course affected by persistent rain and cool temperatures.

Cox won the boys race in 16 minutes, 27.5 seconds, which was 15 seconds better than runner-up Joe Duff of Grand Haven.

“I’m a mudder,” Cox said. “There were some spots that were slippery, even in spikes, but it didn’t affect me because I like to run when it’s like this. It was nice and cool with sprinkles.”

Grandville freshman Sammy Mondry also said she doesn’t mind a wet course.

Mondry won the girls race in 18:41.20. East Kentwood’s Alissa Williams was second in 18:58.60.

“I like running on a wet course,” Mondry said. I usually keep good footing, and it was kind of muddy today, but I was all right with that.”
Mondry’s footing is better after an injury healed early in the season.

“I had a slow start to my season because I had an injured Achilles tendon in my right foot,” Mondry said. “I feel great now, but I’m a little surprised I won today because I thought some runners from Rockford and East Kentwood might get me.”

The Rockford girls may not have caught Mondry, but they did win the conference meet with a score of 45 points, five better than East Kentwood.
Rockford made it a clean sweep, as the boys won with 32 points, 19 points better than second-place East Kentwood.

“We were nervous coming in,” Rockford girls coach Ben Watson said. “We held out our third runner, Catie Ritsema, because she twisted her ankle over the weekend. We didn’t want to risk it with regional and state coming up, so that made us a little nervous and East Kentwood ran great. So I am very happy we won, because we haven’t won this in two years behind Grand Haven.”

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