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SL girls track blazing past the competition

Nate Thompson • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:33 PM

To put it in perspective how dominant Spring Lake’s varsity girls track team has been in the Lakers’ early-season meets, before Tuesday, no team has scored more than 23 points against them.

Fruitport and its talented cast of sprinters topped that total during a Lakes Eight Conference double dual meet at Fruitport High School, but the Trojans couldn’t prevent their rivals from remaining perfect in league competition.

The Lakers dominated in distance and also shined in field events, helping them defeat Fruitport, 88-48, and dominate Orchard View, 119-17.

Now at 4-0, the Lakers can clinch the regular season title on Thursday with the final league double dual at Grant.  The Lakes Eight Championship meet is scheduled for May 10 at Orchard View.

When asked if her team had extremely high expectations this season, Lakers’ coach Gera Peel didn’t hesitate.

“You bet we do,” she said. “One of our goals is to get back to the (Michigan Interscholastic Track Coaches Association) meet, which you have to qualify for. Last year, we finished ninth and every week, you turn in your top three finishes and they score you.”

Next to the actual state finals, the MITCA meet is considered the most challenging competition a local track athlete will face. Many of the Lakers are prepared for tough competition having already placed second in the fall’s Division 3 cross country finals.  They’re certainly not slouching on the track this spring either.

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