Grand Haven’s boys track and field team placed third at Saturday’s Frank Grimm Wyoming Relays, while the Buccaneer girls were fifth overall.
Zeeland West won the boys’ race with 117 points, followed by Zeeland East (80) and Grand Haven (70).
In the girls’ competition, Grand Rapids Christian took first with 83 points, followed by Zeeland West (74), Zeeland East (68), Grand Rapids South Christian (69) and Grand Haven (68).
A pair of first-places in the field events propelled the Bucs’ boys. Brandt Gruizinga cleared 12 feet, 10 inches and Evan Kaufman reached a personal-best 11-0 as the pair won the pole vault relay.
The Bucs’ Brentton Smith and Collen Casey then teamed up to win the long jump relay, with efforts of 20-3 and 19-5, respectively.
The Bucs’ shuttle hurdle team of Casey, Brandon Moore, Taylor Siegel and Joey Abbott cruised to a first-place finish with a time of 1 minute, 2.5 seconds.
Grand Haven also won the 1,600 relay as Casey, Smith, Aaron Cummins and Mike Schroeder ran an excellent time of 3:32.96 to win the final running event of the day.
In the girls’ competition, Grand Haven’s Brittney Werner and Maddie Draper took second place in the high jump, highlighted by Werner’s personal-best jump of 5-0.
"Brittney established herself as one of the best high jumpers in the area on Saturday,” said coach John Tarr. “It was an outstanding jump and a lot of credit goes to high jump coach Mike Smith as well as Brittney's tenacity."
Distance runners Malea Teerman, Emily Miller, Mikayla Takas and Rachel Sedgewick won the distance medley relay in a time of 13:12.
Teerman, McKenna Mahacek, Kyra Lansky and Andy Young finished third in the 6,400 relay in 23:23, then Teerman came back and ran the 1,600 relay with Miller, Takas and Maddie Sanchez and finished second in 4:34.
"Our distance girls had a great day and a great workout on Saturday, accounting for 30 percent of our points,” Tarr said.
Sprinters Maisy Hoffman, Ozette Ostrow, Kerri Burnside and Maggie LaLonde placed second in the 400 relay in 53.68