Track state finals: GH's Keefe narrowly misses out on pole vault title

Grand Haven junior Jordan Keefe missed out on an individual state title in the pole vault excruciatingly close fashion during Saturday's Division 1 state finals. Keefe and Jennifer Schornak of Macomb Dakota each cleared the bar 11 feet, 6 inches, but Schornak was awarded the title because she had fewer misses at the height than Keefe.
Tribune Staff
Jun 6, 2011

“It was a tough way to lose because Jordan had two great jumps at 11-9 and just barely ticked the bar on her last two jumps,” Grand Haven coach John Tarr said. “In fact, on the last one I looked away because I thought she was over, only to turn around to see the bar falling.

“Pole vault coach Joe Nelson had done a great job with Jordan this year. Even though she took second, we know she’s the best jumper in the state.”

Keefe also finished 10th in the 400-meter run, an event where the top two finishers — Southfield’s Latipha Cross and Ypsilanti’s Dynasty McGree — each broke the previous state record. 

Keefe was also the anchor leg in the 800-meter relay with Megan Newhouse, Jenna George and Grace Kendra, that recorded the third-fastest time in Grand Haven history with a finish of 1:45.17.

BOYS

Joe Duff capped off a memorable high school career with an all-state finish. He took seventh in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 9 minutes, 40.49 seconds,
Buccaneers’ junior James DeWitt placed fifth in the 110 high hurdles with a blazing time of 14.69 seconds, a new school record.

According to Grand Haven boys track coach Andy Mousseau, DeWitt tied the school record time of 14.86, set by Bob Leitske back in 1985, during the qualifying round of the state meet. In the finals, DeWitt surpassed Leitske’s time to take sole possession of the record.

To read more of this story, see today's print edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.
 

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