Skelton, Pekel win events at GVSU

Grand Haven had a fantastic showing in the field events and also had some strong finishes in the track portion of Thursday's Grand Valley State University Challenge. The Buccaneers' Kaeding Skelton won the girls' high jump with an effort of 5 feet, 2 inches, finishing two inches higher than anybody else in the field. Skelton also competed in the shot put, where she placed fourth with a throw of 34-7.
Matt DeYoung
Mar 26, 2011

Fellow Buccaneer Jordan Keefe recorded a pair of top four finishes. She placed third in the 200 dash at 26.61 seconds, finishing behind a pair of East Kentwood runners in the event. In the pole vault, Keefe, the Grand Haven school record holder finished fifth at 10 feet.
The Bucs’ Alex Schurkamp placed second in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 10.44 seconds.
Megan Newhouse also had a very good day at Grand Valley, taking third place in the 300 hurdles with a time of 49.27 seconds. Newhouse later took ninth in the long jump with an effort of 15-6 1/2. Teammate Grace Kendra was 11th in the long jump at 15-2.
Natalie Myers was ninth in the 1,600 run at 5:28.64, while teammate Kirstie King was 13th at 5:37.38 and Julia Stock finished 16th in 5:44.75.
Grand Haven’s Becca Barrone took 19th in the 800 run at 2:42.27, followed by Maddie Cleghorn was 24th at 2:46.85.
In the 2,400 relay, the Bucs’ Sarah Jacobs, McKenna Mahacek, Cristina Perez and Priscilla VanHeest placed ninth at 7:29.09.
Grand Haven’s 1,200 relay team of Jenna George, Morgan Hawver, Grace Kendra and Hannah Lundeen took 14th place with a time of 3:10.50.
Spring Lake’s best finish at the event came from distance specialist Brittany Beeler, who finished eighth in the 1,600 run at 5:28.63.
The Lakers’ Becca Mumby placed 21st in the 60-meter hurdles. In the high jump, Mumby cleared 4-8, good for ninth place. Teammate Megan VanDeWeg took 16th in the high jump at 4-6.
Spring Lake’s Kathryn Rumptz added a 23rd-place finish in the 60-meter dash at 8.71 seconds. Rumptz also competed in the long jump, where she placed 14th at 14-10.
Allie LeRoux cleared 8-0 in the pole vault, good for ninth place.
Fruitport’s Brianna Pekel started the season off with a bang as she won the 400 run in a time of 1:00.70. Teammate Rachel Folkmier was 14th in the same event at 1:06.70.
The Trojans’ Heidi Klinger took ninth in the 60 dash at 8.43 seconds. Klinger also placed ninth in the 200 dash at 28.23 seconds.
Toni Parker was sixth in the high jump at 4-10, while Sarah DeVries was ninth at 4-8.
The Trojans’ Cynthia Carmean, Folkmier, Mallory Vest and Pekel took fifth in the 2,400 relay at 7:20.72.

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