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Haven track exceeds expectations

Tribune Staff • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:32 PM

Grand Haven’s varsity girls track team turned in a complete team effort at Saturday’s Frank Grimm Relays at Wyoming High School.

Although the Bucs did not win any event, they still finished second in the final team standings thanks to three second-place finishes, and a combined nine third- and fourth-place showings.

Grand Rapids Christian won the event with 88 points, edging out the Bucs by just two.

“To be honest we came to this meet simply to get our young girls some big meet experience,” said Grand Haven coach John Tarr. “I was somewhat surprised to see how well we were doing toward the end of the meet. We went into the last two events tied 78-78 with GR Christian and got edged out in the end.

“It just goes to show you what a team can do when everyone works together to contribute to the whole.”

The Bucs were lead by Grace Kendra and Mikayla Takas, as Kendra scored in four events including the pole vault, long jump, hurdles and 400 relays; while Takas scored in the distance medley, 3,200 run, and 1600 relay.

“Mikayla is a quiet competitor. She contributes in a lot of ways to help the team,” Tarr said.

Sam VanHoef scored in the shot put, discus, and 1,600 relays.

The Bucs also picked up points from strong finishes from Ozette Ostow, Maggie Lalonde, Claire Van Wieren, Malea Teerman, Rachel Eikenberry, Maddie Sanchez, Olivia Buikema and Kerrie Burnside.

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