Steve DeWitt gives Bucs' track a boost at West Ottawa Relays

Tribune Staff • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:32 AM

He’s not only running — he’s contributing to victories.

DeWitt, who has battled ulcerative colitis for the past three years and had his colon removed in January, helped the Bucs’ shuttle hurdle relay team capture first place at Saturday’s West Ottawa Relays in Holland. DeWitt was joined on the relay by his brother, James DeWitt, as well as Zak O’Brien, and Hobie Hagen. The team also won last weekend at the Wyoming Park Relays.

The victory was one of three for the Bucs during the day, helping them finish in a second-place tie with West Ottawa behind Division 1 champion Grand Rapids Christian.

Grand Haven’s girls also placed second in the Division 1 standings behind Grand Rapids Christian.

Head coach John Tarr said a bright spot for the Bucs were back-to-back wins by the same foursome. Jenna George, Morgan Hawver, Grace Kendra and Jordan Keefe won the 1,600 relay in 4 minutes, 12.1 seconds, barely caught their breath then ran to another victory in the very next race, the 400 relay, in 52.4 seconds.

In Division 2 at West Ottawa, Spring Lake’s girls took runner-up honors behind Zeeland West, 91-70.

The Lakers took two first-place finishes. High jumpers Grace Peterson and Megan VanDeWeg combined for a height of 9-6; and the 3,200 relay of Halle Billinghurst, Ashley Warner, Brittany Beeler and Cory Cook turned in a season-best time of 10:11.80.

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