Lakers' girls place 3rd at MSU Spartan Invite

Suchecki wins high jump at prestigious event
Tribune Staff
Apr 28, 2014

Spring Lake’s varsity girls track and field team turned in a terrific performance at the MSU Spartan Invitational on Saturday, placing third out of 16 teams.

Rockford won the event with 115 points, followed by Traverse City Central with 96.5 and the Lakers with 49.5. Davison was fourth with 46.

“It was fun to compete against many Division 1 schools that we would not normally ever get the opportunity to compete against,” said Lakers’ coach Gera Peel. “The philosophy was to go in with no pressure and just have a fun time and it produced great results.

“This meet was a good measure for the MITCA team state meet over Memorial Day weekend, as well as the MHSAA individual state meet on May 31.”

The Lakers received a pair of first-place finishes. Lydia Suchecki won the high jump, clearing the bar at 5-feet. Teammates Grace Peterson and Abby Moe tied for 13th at 4-7.

Sisters Allie and Gabriella LeRoux went 1-2 in the pole vault. Both cleared the bar at 11 feet, with Allie taking first place and Gabriella second.

Carlyn Arteaga had a strong meet, placing second in the 800-meter run with a time of 2 minutes, 18.95 seconds. Teammate Anna Huizenga was 17th.

Arteaga finished fifth in the 400 run at 1:02.13.

Gabriella LeRoux showed off her versatility, placing eighth in the 100 hurdles with a time of 29.19 seconds. In the 300 hurdles, Peterson finished fifth in 50.34 seconds, while Moe placed 21st at 55.09.

Sydney DeCator, Gabriella LeRoux and Allie LeRoux each reached the finals in the long jump and placed 12th, 14th and 16th, respectively.

Arteaga, Emily Vasquez, Emma Mitchell and Brittany Dawson took seventh in the 1,600 relay at 4:24.04.

In the 3,200 relay, Erin O’Keefe, Arteaga, Skyler Gilchrist and Ashley Warner took seventh in 10:18.44.

DeCator, Allie LeRoux, Komar and Gabrielle LeRoux finished eighth in 53.88 seconds in the 400 relay, while DeCator, Suchecki, Peterson and Katie Wells were 10th in the 800 relay in 1:56.74.

O’Keefe ran to a 12th-place finish in the 3,200 run in 11:52.92, while Lacie Piekarski was 16th at 12:13.30.

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