No record is safe with SL girls track team

One school record fell and a few more were in serious jeopardy as Spring Lake's track and field team hosted Fruitport and Ludington on Tuesday afternoon.
Matt DeYoung
May 9, 2012

The Lakers’ Hale Billinghurst, Ashley Warner, Brittany Beeler and Cory Cook set a school record in the 3,200-meter relay with a time of 9 minutes, 54.1 seconds.

Cook was just a tenth of a second off the school-record pace in the 800 as she won with a time of 2:21.4, while on the boys’ side, Lakers’ senior Joel Boon was just inches away from setting the school mark in the pole vault. He cleared the bar at 12 feet, 7 inches, then tried to go 13-1, which would have been the record by one inch, but he came up short.

In the overall team results, Spring Lake’s girls continued their strong season with an 82.67-54.33 win over the Trojans. The Lakers’ girls also beat Ludingotn, 89-48.

On the boys’ side, Spring Lake suffered pair of grueling losses, including a 69-68 loss to Fruitport and a 70.75-66.25 loss to Ludington.

“I’m excited that we could compete with both of these teams,” said Lakers’ coach Greg Brown, said his team lacks the depth needed to beat the upper-echelon teams in the Lakes Eight Conference.

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Cook and the Lakers’ girls continued their unbeaten run through the league thanks to strong athletes — such as their record-setting foursome in the 3,200 relay.

“It took me by surprise,” Cook admitted when she learned that they had set a new school record. “I didn’t think we were even close to the record. We’ve been working toward it, but we hadn’t been that close yet.

“It’s exciting. We get our names on the big board (that lists school records at the track). This is by far the most competitive meet we’ve had. They pushed us, that’s for sure.”

Cook said she’s had her sights on the 800 school record for some time.

“It would be cool to beat that one, too,” she said with a smile.

The Lakers’ girls had several strong showings on Tuesday, including a 1-2 sweep in the pole vault, where Allie LeRoux won at 10-6 and Paige Rubleski took second.

Lydia Suchecki won the shot put at 25-2, while Kathryn Rumptz and LeRoux took second and third, respectively, in the long jump.
Grace Peterson won the 100 hurdles for the Lakers.

Beeler and Warner finished 1-2 in the 1,600 run, with Beeler winning easily at 5:18.4. That same pair finished 1-2 in the 3,200, with Beeler winning by over a minute at 11:32.2.

One of the most exciting events of the day was the last, as the Lakers came from behind to win the 1,600 relay. Ludington held a comfortable lead going into the final leg, only to see the Lakers’ Arteaga run a blazing final 400 to give Spring Lake the victory.

Fruitport highlights in the girls’ race included a strong showing by Toni Parker, who won the high jump at 4-10.

Janalyce Fletcher scored her first-ever win in the discus, while Kayleigh Schulte won the long jump in 16-0 ¼.

Jenna Vanderstelt won the 100-meter dash for the Trojans, while Kendra Johnson, Emily Dupont, Alyssa Self and Vanderstelt teamed p to win the 800 relay in 1:50.9.

Fruitport also won the 400 relay as Kayla Fors, Hannah Klinger, Heidi Klinger and Kayleigh Schultz ran a time of 52.5 seconds.

Brianna Pekel won the 400 in 59.0 seconds, while Dominique Jenkins took first in the 300 hurdles in 50.3 seconds.

“This was an all-around great team effort,” Trojans’ coach Randy Johnson said. “We don’t have the depth that Spring Lake has, so their fresh girls beat our tired girls at the end.”

In the boys’ competition, Fruitport won by the slimmest of margins thanks to a victory in the closing 1,600 relay. The Trojans’ foursome of Chris Eaton, David Vanbergen, Nico Cernigilia and Cody Pekel won in a time of 3:37.0.

The Trojans also won the 400 relay, with Shawn Knox, Nicolas Heil, Eaton and Cernigilia clocking a time of 45.5 seconds.
Knocks, Benjamin Kramer, Eaton and Pekel won the 800 relay in 1:34.3.

Fruitport finished 1-2 in the 400 run as Collin Butler and Cory Bussing took first and second, respectively. Allen Pekel took first in the 110 hurdles in 16.7 seconds, while Cernigilia won the long jump at 21-2 and the high jump at 5-8.

Allen Jones won the discus for the Trojans, while Tyler Fredrick, Rodney Morse and Jonathan Lara went 1-2-3 in the shot put against Spring Lake.

Spring Lake’s boys used a strong effort by their distance runners to keep things close.

Dan Hogan, Collin Kieft, Tom Kordupel and Jake Chittenden teamed up to win the 3,200 relay in 8:43.9.

Connor Galligan took first in the 1,600 run at 4:48.7, followed by Tom Kordupel in second place.

Ryan Galligan won the 3,200 run in 10:42.2, with twin brother Connor Galligan placing third.

Nathan Kelly, T.J. Kriger and Jonny Mundt went 1-2-3 in the 100-meter dash, while Alex Keast and Sam Dykstra went 1-2 in the 300 hurdles. Keast won in 43.5 seconds.

Chittenden won the 800 for Spring Lake in 2:02.7, while Sam Dykstra won the 200 dash.

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