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Grand Haven track team shines in season finale

Duncan MacLean • Jun 2, 2018 at 6:03 PM

EAST KENTWOOD — The Grand Haven track and field teams didn’t have to travel far to find the best competition Michigan has to offer. O-K Red Conference rival East Kentwood hosted the Division 1 track and field state championships Saturday, bringing the state’s premier athletes to West Michigan for a high-octane season finale.

Grand Haven put their best foot forward, finishing the day with five All-State awards.

Senior Kassidy Burnside led the way, finishing in the top eight in two of her four events. Her loaded day of competition began with an eighth-place effort in the long jump, leaping 17.5 feet. She followed up the stellar field performance with the lead leg of the Bucs' sixth-place 4x200-meter relay, joined in the effort by McKenna Keefe, Kate Criswell-North and Jenny Ryan, clocking in at 1:44.11.

Burnside then took on the 300 hurdles, finishing 15th overall in 46.43 seconds. Finally, she joined forces with Abby Buitenhuis, Ryan and Keefe for a 12th-place effort in the final event of the day, the 4x400 relay in 4:02.59.

Ella Beringer picked up the other All-State finish for the girls, taking sixth in the high jump, equaling her personal record of 5-4.

Keefe also competed in the pole vault, finishing 13th (10-3), while Buitenhuis took 21st in the 800 (2:19.30).

Senior Charlie Young earned the only All-State finish for the boys, as he took eighth place in the 400, clocking in at 49.46.

Young also finished his day with a leg in the 4x400, bringing home the team of Timmy Kleyla, Seth Taylor and Kyle Eveland for a 15th-place finish in 3:25.07.

Mason Mahacek led the Bucs in the field, finishing just off the podium in 10th place of the pole vault (14 feet), and in 19th of the high jump (6 feet).

Eli Nelson proved his worth in the pole vault, finishing 12th (13-6), as the only freshman in the field.

 

Check out Monday's edition of the Tribune for a full breakdown of the meet with reactions from coaches and runners.

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