Local runners open season at GVSU

The Spring Lake and Fruitport boys track and field teams kicked off their season at the Grand Valley State Laker challenge on Wednesday.
Nich Wolak
Mar 19, 2014

The Trojans had several top-20 individual finishes in running events at the meet, as well as some strong performances from newcomers in the field events.

“We didn’t do bad,” said Trojans’ coach Chad Brandow. “I was quite impressed with some of our guys. We’ve got a long way to go though. We’re out of shape because this weather’s been so bad.”

Zack Gilson was the highest finisher for the Trojans, placing fourth in the 200-meter dash with a time of 23.61 seconds.

Gilson’s time came despite having just been cleared to resume competing last Thursday, after breaking his collarbone playing indoor soccer. 

Teammate Ben Krammer (24.46) came in 18th in the event, while Noah Hendricks (2:11.29) finished 19th in the 800.  

Brandow said Gilson can make 22 feet in the long jump — which would have been good for second place — but that he was treating Gilson with ‘kids gloves’ until he had more time to heal.

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