“Going into the race, the boys were ranked 28th — dead last,” said coach John Tarr. “Early in the season, the boys were ranked as low as 40th in the state and finished fourth in the O-K Red, but had the second-best finish of all O-K Red teams at the state meet.”
Milford won the state title and Waterford Mott was second, with league foe Rockford third.
Grand Haven senior Justin Pippel earned all-state honors, finishing 27th overall with the second-fastest race in school history, according to Tarr. Pippel crossed the finish line in 15:43.38.
Freshman phenom Ashkii Wilson set a new Grand Haven freshman record with a time of 16:40.1.
Another freshman, Jordan Diephouse, ran the third-fastest freshman time ever at 16:57.2.
Nick Johnson ran an outstanding time of 16:54.8, and Andrew Tafelski came in at 16:58.6, both personal-best times.
Turner Sale ran a solid time of 17:15.2 despite getting spiked during the race.
Senior Will Swain, finally running in the state meet in his final year at Grand Haven, was suffering from a 102-degree fever yet still managed to close out his career with a strong race, coming across at 17:31.5.
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