SL girls track wins division at West Ottawa Relays

Tribune Staff • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:34 PM

For the second year in a row, Spring Lake’s varsity girls track team captured first-place honors in Division 2 at West Ottawa’s Von Ins Relays.

Grand Haven’s girls squad also had a strong showing, as they finished second in the Division 1 standings at the meet.

The Lakers’ performance of five first-place finishes in 13 events helped them tally a score that was higher than any other girls team at the meet, regardless of division.

“There were (personal records) in the 4x400 meter relay, the 4x100, and the 4x200,” said Spring Lake coach Gera Peel. “We had a great day.”

Spring Lake finished with a team score of 95 points, which bested runner-up Zeeland West by 14 points.

The Lakers’ winning 4x200 relay consisted of Ymani Williams, Katie Wells, Sydney Chaney and Paige Rubleski. They finished in 1 minute, 52.62 seconds.

Williams and Wells were also on the victorious 800-meter sprint medley team that featured Allie LeRoux and Carlyn Arteaga. They beat out Calvin Christian by about a second at 1:56.60.

LeRoux had a strong day in field events for the Lakers, taking second in both pole vault and long jump. Spring Lake also had a winning entry in another field event, the high jump, as Grace Peterson won at 4 feet, 10 inches.

Other relay wins for the Lakers were the 4x1,700 team of Brittany Beeler, Ashley Warner, Anna Huizenga, and Erin O’Keefe (24:12.15); and the unbeaten 4x800 team of Beeler, Arteaga, O’Keefe and Warner (10:14.67).

The Bucs’ girls were beat out by Middleville Thornapple Kellogg in the final standings, but coach John Tarr was pleased with his team’s overall performance.

Most notable was the Bucs’ high jump relay of Maddie Draper and Britney Werner, who both cleared 4-8 to take top honors.

“Those two might be the most consistent jumpers in the area, as well as in the O-K Red,” said Tarr.

The Bucs also took first place with the 4x100 relay of Ozette Ostrow, Maggie Lalonde, Mikaela Kroll and Grace Kendra. They set a season personal best with a 52.51.

The distance medley of Malea Teerman, Rachel Sedgewick, Olivia Buikema and Mikayla Takas won on top of the field with at time of 13:38.09.

Tarr also commended the effort of Kendra in the pole vault, as she set a season best with a 11-6.

“That’s an improvement from her best jump from the state meet last season by three inches,” Tarr said.

Grand Haven’s varsity boys track team placed fifth in the upper division at the Von Ins relay on Saturday scoring 43 points.

Austin Schield skied to a personal-best effort of 12 feet, zero inches in the pole vault, while Brandt Gruzinga was close behind at 11-6 to record a first-place finish.

The distance squad placed second in the 12,800-meter relay as Justin Pippel, Joe Sherman, Jordan Diephouse, and Turner Sale ran a time of 40 minutes, 31 seconds. The Bucs’ 3,200 relay team of Pippel, John Miles, Brent Peterson, and Austin Bessinger was also second at 9:03.

The Bucs placed third in the long jump, with Collen Casey, and BJ Nahal jumping 18-4 and 18-11.

Also scoring for the Bucs were Cameron Dennings, Jack Clark, Mike Schroeder, Ben Comai, Kyle Funk, Joe Vatterott, Chase Vanhoeff, Aaron Cummings and Joey Abbott.

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