“Joe was chasing it for a lot of last year, and we really hoped at the state meet that he’d get it there,” said Grand Haven track coach Andy Mousseau. “He had a good state meet, but not quite good enough to get the record, so obviously, this was one of his big goals this year. He’s progressed so quickly and it was kind of unexpected because it’s pretty early in the season to be running that fast.”
Mousseau said the 3,200 record was one of the few oldest in the books at Grand Haven. Only the 1,600 run (held by Mark Northuis’ brother, Dick), along with the long jump and shot put records have stood longer.
“That’s Joe’s next target,” Mousseau said of the 1,600 record. “He’s a little farther away. He’s got about a 10-second cut to get that, so we’re hoping he can get it. He definitely has the potential to go faster. Joe had a very good fall, a great winter, and he’s running so well with so much confidence, we’re feeling pretty excited about his prospects.”
The Buccaneers are scheduled to run their next meet on Tuesday at Grandville, weather permitting.