Athletics


Coach Info
Name Phone Email
High School Kyle Barnes
Cross Country
Best Time Course Name Location Exact Distance Description
5,000m Time 19:39.00 Otsego Bulldog Invitational Otsego, MI 5,000 meters Relatively flat, 40 degree temps, overcast
Cross Country Honors

Varsity runner as a freshman, earning varsity letter and a scoring member consistently all season (finished as #2 runner multiple times).

Broke into West Ottawa top twenty fastest times for girls with a 19:39.00 as a freshman.

Finished 17th at regional meet (missed all region by two spots) with a 19:59.5 on the Portage Central course as a freshman.

Finished 152nd at the MHSAA Division 1 state finals with a 19:52.9 as a freshman. Team finished 16th overall, I finished 4th on team.

Varsity runner as a sophomore, earned varsity letter. Team finished regional runner up and 11th at Division 1 Michigan State Cross Country meet. Team finished as top academic all state team in Division 1, with Emily’s gpa included in count. Fastest time was 19:59 this season.

Named Holland Sentinel all area 1st team for 2018 cross country as a Sophomore.

Junior - Named Co-Captain for 2019 season.

OK RED Conference Team Champions. First time in school history for girls team to win the conference championship.

Division 1 Regional Champs

Division 1 - team finished 7th at MHSAA state cross country championships. My fastest time this season was 20:27.

Named Holland Sentinel All Area 1st Team for 2019 Cross Country Season.

indoor
55 HRDL 55 60 HRDL 60 100 200 300 400 500 600 800 1,000 1,200 1,500 1 Mi 3,000 2 Mi 5,000
Best Time - - - - - - - 1:05.05 - - - - - - - - - -
Second Best Time - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
outdoor
100 HRDL 100 110 HRDL 200 400 HRDL 400 800 1,500 1,600 3,000 STPL 3,000 3,200 5,000 10,000
Best Time - 13.39 - 27.66 - 1:03.70 - - - - - - - -
Second Best Time - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
outdoor relays
4x100 4x400 4x800 4x1,500 1,600 MDLY 4xMi DIST MDLY
Best Time 50.80 4:17.80 - - - - -
Second Best Time - - - - - - -
Indoor Honors

As a freshman, ran 3rd leg of winning 4x600 relay (7:06, split 1:46) at Grand Valley State University indoor meet. First meet of the season, first indoor meet. Relay finished 1st out of 30 teams.

Outdoor Honors

As a freshman, ran 100, 200, 400 and 800 meter individual races. Also member of 3200 and 1600 meter relays. Earned varsity letter.

As a sophomore, ran as part of the 4x100, 4x200, 4x400 and 4x800 relays (4x100 just missed MHSAA state qualifying time). Also ran open 100, 200 and 400 this season. Awarded teams sportsmanship award for running as a utility runner this season, also named team captain for next track and field season for indoor and outdoor teams. 4x100 relay broke school record.

Named Co-Captain for 2020 season (Junior year).

Academics


GPA
SAT Reading
SAT Writing
SAT Math
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ACT Score (Composite)
High School
West Ottawa High School
School City
Holland
School State
MI
Guidance Counselor
Mrs. Higgs
Guidance Counselor Phone
Guidance Counselor Email
Class Size
490
School Size
2170
TOEFL Score
Class Rank
49
School Division
Division 1
Major Category
Education
Major
Education, General
Major Category
Undecided
Major
Undecided
Other Academic Information
As a freshman, taking all honors level coursework (mainly sophomore and junior level) to set up for AP and IB coursework entering my sophomore year in high school. As a sophomore, taking honors level coursework, including AP and IB coursework. Finished with a 4.19 weighted GPA. 2018-19 Holland West Ottawa Scholar Athlete (awarded to students participating in multiple sports and maintaining a 3.5 GPA or higher). Highlighted as a returning varsity letter winner in Cross Country and Track & Field. As a junior, taking honors level coursework, including AP and IB. Inducted into National Honor Society.
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Personal


First Name
Emily
Last Name
Laird
Address
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Email
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Athlete's Mother
Athlete's Father
Gender
F
Height
5'5"
Weight
110
Birthdate
NCAA Clearinghouse ID
Personal Highlights
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Additional Questions:
Why do you want to be recruited to play sports in college?

Both of my parents were athletes and athletics are a big piece of our social life as a family. We really enjoy going to high school, college and professional events and admire those that especially balance academic performance and athletics. Being a younger athlete in high school, I am learning that I really enjoy competing against the best and believe college would allow me to continue to do just that. I also enjoy being a part of a team and the friendships that come with being part of something bigger than myself.

Athletes are often leaders on and off the field. Please provide one example of how you have demonstrated leadership in both areas.

As the only freshmen on a varsity cross country team, I had to insert myself to build relationships with my teammates. The team had a lot of pressure this year because of future success and I noticed the tension. I used my previous travel soccer experience of playing in big games and kept the team as calm as possible by keeping the mood light and making sure we were having fun.

Whenever there is a chance, I always offer my house to be the gathering place for team building events. I enjoy bringing the team together and making sure that everyone is included.

I was asked to work with grade school kids during Sunday school at my church

Please explain how you pursue "healthy athletic performance" as a student-athlete.

I work hard to balance my academic work with my athletic commitments. As a freshman, I'm currently taking sophomore and junior level coursework and have to be dedicated to my studies. I have the same discipline for my workouts, training and competitions. I learned to study in unusual places due to my travel soccer experience and still did very well in accelerated academic coursework. I also take my nutrition seriously during season and make sure that I get rest. I have to make some sacrifices socially in order to balance everything, but still have found time to have fun with my friends.

Please describe how you are involved in service in your community and why these efforts are important to you.

I volunteer in the nursery at my church to support the congregation and community. I'm learning responsibility and how to apply the training that I've taken in childcare. I've also have completed CPR/1st Aid training.

In June of 2018, I will be traveling to Houston, Texas on a mission trip to support flood victims from late 2017 flooding. We will be completing a variety of clean up efforts and participating in fellowship with the people we meet. I'm learning to support those in need and to help fellow human beings as they deal with tragedy.

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