GH girls track on cruise control; Duff not enough for Bucs' boys

Grand Haven's girls track and field team has enough pure athleticism to win its share of meets this spring. That was clear on Thursday as the Buccaneers raced past visiting Hudsonville at Buccaneer Stadium, 89-48. Now coach John Tarr's squad has to polish up on the small details if it hopes to compete with the top-echelon teams in the O-K Red. "We're really talented,' Tarr said, "but we're kind of raw. We need to work on some of the technical things. Against Rockford (on April 14), we could have won that meet.
Matt DeYoung
Apr 22, 2011

“Today, we’re winning a lot on talent, but there are some skill things we need to work on.”

The Bucs’ talent shined on Thursday, especially when it came to senior Megan Newhouse and junior Jordan Keefe. Newhouse easily won both hurdle events, taking the 100-meter hurdles in 16 seconds and the 300 hurdles in 48.65 seconds.

“I did pretty good today,” Newhouse said. “The competition (in the hurdles) was good but not great, so my goal was just to push myself and get the best time I could.”

Newhouse and Keefe teamed up with Jenna George and Grace Kendra to win the 800 relay in 1:49.37 despite nearly botching a handoff during the race.

Keefe blew away the field in the 100 dash, winning in 13.09 seconds, then dominated in the 400 dash with a time of 59.57 seconds. George took second in the 400 at 1:03.23 and won the 200 at 27.66 seconds.

Keefe, the school record holder in the pole vault, also won that event, clearing the bar at 11 feet.

Newhouse and Keefe are two of several members of the track team who also competed on the Buccaneers’ girls basketball team that advanced to the Class A state semifinals this past winter.

“It’s crazy out here because it isn’t quite the same team atmosphere as basketball, but I love it. It’s been a good transition,” Newhouse said.

The Buccaneers had several other outstanding performances against the Eagles, especially in the distance events.

Natalie Myers, Priscilla Vanheest and Julia Stock swept the top three spots in the 1,600 run, with Myers winning the event in 5:29.03.

Laura Addison and Cristina Perez finished 2-3 in the 800 run while Myers and Kristi King finished 1-2 in the 3,200 run. Myers ran a winning time of 11:37.68.
Perez, Vanheest, Stock and Addison teamed up to win the 3,200 relay in 9:55.04.

Grand Haven also performed well in the field events. Kaeding Skelton took second in the high jump at 4-11. Hudsonville’s Tessa Gryzen, perhaps the best high jumper in the O-K Red, won the event at 5-1. The Bucs’ Hannah Lundeen and Alex Schurkamp tied for third at 4-5.

Grand Haven’s Kendra and Claire Reierson took second and third, respectively, in the long jump, while Skelton and Lindsey Flaquer were second and third in the discus. Skelton and Flaquer were also second and third in the shot put. Tarr noted that Skelton is much improved this spring in both throwing events.

“She’s a lot leaner, a lot stronger than she was a year ago,” he said.

BOYS
Grand Haven couldn’t keep up with Hudsonville as the Eagles ran away with an 83-54 win.

The Bucs’ Joe Duff did his best to keep his team in the running by dominating the two long-distance races. Duff ran away from the competition in the 1,600 run, winning in a time of 4:28.01. Teammate Will Swain was edged out at the finish line and settled for third at 4:39.61.

Duff also dominated the 3,200 run, finishing in 9:28.61. Duff beat teammate and brother, Ryan Duff, by over 33 seconds. Swain placed third at 10:20.15.

Grand Haven’s Ryan Duff, Schalk Vanniekerk, Adam Winebarger and Dylan Tarr won the 3,200 relay in 8:41.94,

Vanniekerk won the 800 run in 2:03.32, followed by teammate Alex Cramer in second at 2:05.15.

Dakota Sauleone won the discus with a toss of 133 feet, 4 inches. He took third in the shot put at 43-9.

The Bucs’ James DeWitt took second in the 110 hurdles in 15.20 seconds, and was also second in the 300 hurdles in 40.74. The Bucs’ Steven DeWitt placed third in the 300 hurdles at 43.68.

Alec Smith took second in the 100 dash in 11.75 and was third in the high jump at 5-9. Teammate Marshall Rusco was second in the high jump at 5-11.

In the pole vault, Grand Haven’s Jacob DeGryse and Steve Heyboer took second and third.

The Bucs have just one more home meet on their schedule. After traveling to Grandville next Tuesday, Grand Haven will play host to league favorite East Kentwood next Thursday.

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