Despite a lopsided dual meet loss to East Kentwood on Monday, the Grand Haven girls track team turned in several impressive individual performances.
Head coach John Tarr said the Bucs set over 50 personal records, although they came up short on the scoreboard to the Falcons, 102-35.
Senior standout Grace Kendra had two of those personal records, as she skied to 11-9 in the pole vault and leaped to 17 feet, 7 ¾ inches in the long jump, taking first place in both.
“Grace is very close to school records in both those events, and she hasn’t even peaked for the season yet. She has her most competitive meets ahead of her and she always gets better when she’s challenged.”
The Bucs also had freshmen turn in first-place finishes, as Malea Teerman won the 800 in a personal-best time of 2:26.32, and Mckenna Mahacek came from behind to win the 1,600 in a personal best effort of 5:49.28.
Other notable personal bests for the Bucs was Maggie Lalonde in the 200 (27.75); and Maisy Hoffman in the long jump (14-3).
In the boys’ results, perennial power East Kentwood ran past the Bucs, 98-37.
Senior Justin Pipple shined for Grand Haven with wins in the 3,200 and 1,600. Turner Sale and Jordan Diephouse were also second and third in the 3,200, completing a Grand Haven sweep.
In field events, Mac Carter won the shot put with a 43-5 heave, while Brandt Gruizinga tied his personal best in the pole vault with a first-place effort of 13-6.
SL TEAMS SWEEP DOUBLE DUAL
Spring Lake’s boys and girls track teams each swept the competition during a double dual against Shelby and Muskegon Catholic Central at Grabinski Field in Spring Lake on Monday.
Spring Lake’s girls posted a pair of lopsided results, as the Lakers whipped Shelby, 117-20, and Catholic Central, 119-16.
With this being the Lakers’ fourth meet in seven days, head coach Gera Peel said she mixed up the lineup and gave several underclassmen their first varsity experience. Still, it was a regular in the Lakers’ lineup who stole the show, as sophomore Caryln Arteaga set a new school record in the 800-meter run at 2 minutes, 18.20 seconds.
Peel also enjoyed seeing her 3,200-meter ‘B’ relay team take first place in 11:13.8. The squad consisted of Brooke Carrier, Tori Tober, Katie Slajus, and Mackenzie Schmidt.
Spring Lake’s boys prevailed over Shelby by a 79-54 final and also squeaked by Catholic Central, 73-60.
Senior Austin Elliot had a big meet for the Lakers, as he won the 800 and 1,600 against both the Tigers and Crusaders. He finished the 800 in 1:59.6 and the 1,600 in 4:29.
Elliot was also a part of the Lakers’ 1,600 relay that captured two wins with a finish of 3:39.5. He was joined by Charlie Warber, Jake Chittenden and Austin Gabris.
Warber won twice in the 400 dash and also topped the Crusaders in the long jump with an effort of 17-6.
Recent record-breaking pole vaulter Matt Batts won twice with a distance of 12 feet, while Sam Dykstra picked up two big wins against the Crusaders in hurdles. He won the 110-meters in 18.5 seconds and the 300 in 46.8.
Freshman Will Warmoth also ran to a big win in the 3,200 run against MCC, as he finished in 11:41.9.