“The last two events to come in with scoring were the 1,600 relay and the pole vault. Those two events combined helped us pull to a tie,” said Lakers’ coach Aaron Hein. “Our 1,600-meter relay team is very strong and Joel Boon is vaulting very well and should be extremely competitive in the league.”
Spring Lake won a pair of relays — the 1,600 and the 3,200 — and also did well in the hurdles and the jumping events against Newaygo, thanks primarily to the efforts of Chad Eagin.
The Lakers’ senior won both hurdles events, taking the 110 hurdles in 17.44 seconds and the 300 hurdles in 44.02 seconds.
Eagin also won the high jump as he cleared 5 feet, 8 inches in the event. Junior Alex Keast also ran well in the hurdles events, taking second in the 300 hurdles at 45.94 and third in the 110 at 18.53.
Teammate Stephen Annese won the long jump with an effort of 19-8 1/2, more than a foot better than Newaygo’s top competitor. The Lakers’ Bobby Michaels was third at 17-4 3/4.
Another field event win for the Lakers came in the pole vault as sophomore Joel Boon cleared 12 feet.
The Lakers’ Annese and Tyler Essenberg took second and third, respectively, in the 100-meter dash. Ibs Hamati and Morrison were second and third in the 200, while Trevor Tidswell won the 400 in 55.47, followed by Charlie Warber in second place at 56.67 seconds.
Jake Chittenden won the 800 run in 2:12.30. In the 1,600, Spring Lake’s Payton Villescas was second and Ryan Gallagen was third. Gallegan also placed third in the 3,200 run.
Spring Lake’s Mac Ruiter took third in the discus at 107-9 while Justin Stiegenga was third in the shot put at 33-9.
“Overall, we had some great performances, but we have room for improvement,” Hein said. “We will continue to work hard and improve at areas where I feel we have an opportunity to help swing points our way in meets.”
The Lakers have a key Lakes Eight Conference showdown on Thursday against fellow league favorites Grant and Fruitport.
“I’m excited to see how our kids come out and compete,” Hein said.
GIRLS RUN PAST LIONS
Spring Lake’s girls track and field team dominated Newaygo, winning 98-41.
A trio of 1-2-3 sweeps in the 100 and the 400 dashes and the high jump propelled the Lakers to victory. The Lakers actually took the top four spots in the 100, led by Kathryn Rumptz, who ran a winning time of 14.0 seconds. Ymani Williams was second, followed by Megan VanDeWeg and Jewel Wiersma.
Rosie Seitz won the 400 in 1:06.43, with Kaitlyn Wells second and Emma Mitchell third.
In the high jump, Becca Mumby took first place at 4-10, followed by VanDeWeg in second and Peterson in third.
Mumby also won both hurdles events for the Lakers, running an 18.47 in the 110 hurdles and a time of 52.84 in the 300.
Spring Lake’s Brittany Beeler dominated the distance evens, winning the 1,600 run by 18 seconds and the 4,200 run by over a minute.
Williams took first place in the 200 dash, while Cory Cook was second in the 800 run.
In the field events, Spring Lake continued to rack up the wins. Allie LeRoux took first in the pole vault at 8-0, while Rumptz won the long jump at 16-8 3/4. Riley Thyfault took second in the discus at 83-4 while Alison Chapman was second in the shot put at 26-8.
The Lakers won all four relay events.