GH track standouts finalize college choices

A pair of track and field standouts from Grand Haven High School have finalized their plans to continue the sport at the college level.
Tribune Staff
Jan 28, 2012

 

Senior Ryan Duff recently signed his National Letter of Intent to run cross country and track at Grand Valley State University, while senior Jordan Keefe has committed to Michigan State, where she’ll pole vault for the Spartans.

Duff joins his older brother, Joe, at Grand Valley, where he just completed his freshman season.

Ryan has been one of the top distance runners in Grand Haven history. His list of accomplishments in cross country include being an All-State selection in  2011; a three-time All-Conference selection in the O-K Red; and a Division 1 runner-up at regionals, where he ran a school record time of 15 minutes, 54.9 seconds.

In track, Duff is a member of the Bucs’ school record 3,200 relay team. He’s also run top-10 school times in the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs.

Keefe will be a captain on the girls track team this spring, where she’s a returning all-state competitor in the 400 dash, and a three-time all-state honoree in pole vault.

She holds the school record in pole vault at 12 feet, 6 inches, and narrowly missed out on winning an individual state title in the event at last season’s state finals, where she placed second.

Keefe has turned in the second-fastest time in the 400 in Grand Haven history, and also entered the top 10 in the school record books in the 100 and 200 dashes, as well as a member of the 800 and 1,600 relays.

Keefe is also key guard on the Grand Haven girls basketball team that currently sports a 12-1 record and is ranked No. 2 in Class A. A year ago, she helped the Bucs make their first-ever apperance in the Class A state semifinals.

 

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