The Reeths-Puffer Rocket boys cross country team gave it a shot, but in the end, fell one point short in the OK Green Conference cross country championship.
Zeeland West escaped with a 54-55 victory on a soggy course Wednesday afternoon at Reeths-Puffer.
Zeeland East grabbed the third, followed by Holland, Mona Shores, Grand Rapids Union and Muskegon.
An intermittent rain made for damp conditions for the competitors and spectators alike. Despite the tough conditions, the Rockets stayed together in a tight pack that nearly was enough to get them a victory.
Rocket senior Klay Grant crossed the finish line first with a time of 15:58.92 and sophomore Jaxon Allen was third in 16:48.80.
Mona Shores junior Caleb Branch finished in seventh place with a time of 17:10.39 and sophomore Aidan Kreps was 10th in a time of 17:14.85 to round out the area runners in the top 10.
In the girls’ race, Mona Shores finished second to conference champion Zeeland West,
31-54. Zeeland East was third followed by Holland, Reeths-Puffer, Grand Rapids Union and Wyoming.
Mona Shores placed five runners in the top 10 with junior Robyn Hunt fifth in 20:17.76, junior Cecilia Conrad sixth in 20:25.89, junior Destiny Douglas ninth in 20:46.54 and sophomore Lily Houle 10th in 20:47.87.