Track roundup: SL boys, girls score key league wins

Tribune Staff • Jul 21, 2015 at 10:53 AM

Stephen Annese won both the long jump (19-3 1/2) and the 100-meter dash (12.16) for the Lakers, while Payton Villescas bested Fruitport in the 1,600 run with a 5:05.22 finish, and both the Tigers and Trojans in the 3,200 with a 11:03.94 effort.

Trevor Tidswell and Jake Chittenden also had wins over both the Trojans and Tigers, as Tidswell captured the 400 dash in 55.06, and Chittenden won the 800 run in 2:09.09.

Top performers for Fruitport included Robert Holmstrom, who won twice in the shot put with a heave of 38-5; and Garrett Jones in the discus, who beat the Lakers with a throw of 115-02.

Spring Lake’s girls also scored a pair of victories, as the Lakers edged the defending Lakes Eight champs from Fruitport, 73-64, and comfortably defeated Grant, 84-53.

Distance standout Brittany Beeler as well as talented senior Becca Mumby led the charge, winning in two events apiece. Beeler won the 3,200 in 11:46.59 and the 1,600 in 5:32.86; while Mumby won the high jump in 5-1, and the 300 low hurdles in 54.88.

Other Lakers who defeated both the Trojans and Tigers included Kathryn Rumptz in the long jump (16-1); and Allie LeRoux in the pole vault (8-6).

Trojans’ super sophomore Brianna Pekel won twice in both the 400 dash (1:03.23) and the 800 run (2:45.36). Toni Kamp was also tops in discus, throwing 90-6 1/2.


At Grand Haven, the Buccaneers’ boys fell short against the defending state champion Falcons of East Kentwood, 85-52.

The Bucs had a few outstanding showings, including senior Joe Duff’s continued dominance in the distance events. Duff led a 1-2-3 sweep in the 1,600 run, winning the event in 4:33.04. Ryan Duff was second, and Will Swain came in third.

Grand Haven also swept the top three spots in the 3,200 run, with Joe Duff winning in 9:43.59. Swain was second and Dylan Tarr placed third.

James DeWitt won the 110 hurdles in 15.40 seconds and was second in the 300 hurdles with a time of 40.57.

The Bucs’ Marshall Rusco, Steven DeWitt, James DeWitt and Schalk Vanniekerk teamed up to win the 800 relay in 3:36.26.

East Kentwood dominated the field events. Dakota Sualeone took second in the shot put at 42-8 3/4; Steve Heyboer was second in the pole vault at 11-0; and Alec

Smith and Rusco took second and third in the high jump.

Grand Haven’s girls also came up short against a supremely talented East Kentwood squad, 83-54.

The Bucs’ Alex Schurkamp and Megan Newhouse took the top two spots in the 100 hurdles, with Schurkamp winning in 17.02 seconds.

Grand Haven’s Natalie Myers won the 3,200 run in 11:30.34, followed by teammate Julia Stock in second place.

Kaeding Skelton won the high jump at 4-11 and placed second in both the discus and the shot put.

Newhouse took first in the long jump with an effort of 15-9 1/2, with Grace Kendra placing second.

One of the tightest races came in the 400, where East Kentwood’s Brittany Terry edged Grand Haven’s Jordan Keefe, 58.51 seconds to 58.61. Keefe also placed second in the pole vault at 10-0.

Cristina Perez was second in the 1,600 run, while Newhouse was second in the 300 hurdles and Laura Addison was second in the 800 run.

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