WMC track sprints to sixth-place finish

Tribune Staff • Jul 21, 2015 at 2:34 PM

— Eleven Warriors earned all-state honors at Saturday’s Division 4 state meet at the Hudsonville Athletic Complex, including the boys’ 3,200-meter relay team, which won a state title.

Braxton Snuffer, David Gilson, Max Purvis and Eli VanderVelde turned in their best time of the season by over 9 seconds, breaking their own school record en route to a state championship performance with a time of 8 minutes, 11.39 seconds.

Gary Veurink is WMC’s only other state champion. He won three hurdles state crowns in the early 1970s. 

VanderVelde had a spectacular day. He placed third in the 400 with a time of 50.87 seconds. Snuffer placed seventh in the 1,600 run in 4:33.

VanderVelde, Jason Normandin, Tully Groenendyk and Christian Rogers finished third in the 1,600 relay in 3:31.64  — just a couple tenths off from resetting their own school record.  

VanderVelde, Snuffer, Gilson, Purvis, Rogers and Normandin each received all-state honors.

Christian Rogers set a personal record in the 300 hurdles in 42.41 seconds, finishing in ninth place.  The 400 relay team of Groenendyk, Normandin, Rogers and Rop finished in 10th place with a season-best performance of 45.60 seconds.

Sam Mast performed well in the high jump, just missing what would have been his personal best of 6 feet, 1 inch.

As a team, WMC placed sixth overall. Concord won the state title and Saugatuck was runner-up.

On the girls side, the Warriors’ 3,200 relay team set a new school record by nearly 18 seconds, running a 10:52. The 1,600 relay team of Gracie Snuffer, Kayla Kilgore, Kaitlyn Kilgore and Anneliese DeKam reached the medal stand by finishing eighth with a time of 4:20.43, also earning all-state honors.

 “It has been one of the best seasons ever for WMC track and one of the hardest working teams I have had the privilege of coaching,” WMC coach Josh Scholma said. “We thank God for all the blessings he has poured out on the team this year.  The coaches will definitely miss the seniors and there will be some big shoes to fill, but we are already looking forward to next year.”

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