DeWitt leads GH boys at O-K Red track meet

Grand Haven senior James DeWitt broke his own school record in winning the 300-meter hurdles during Friday's O-K Red Conference track and field meet, hosted by West Ottawa.
Tribune Staff
May 12, 2012


DeWitt, who also won the 110 hurdles, lowered his school record with a time of 38.81, nearly a second faster than his previous best.

Ryan Duff won the 3,200-meter run in a time of 9 minutes, 40.15 seconds, while Steve Heyboer took second in the pole vault.

The Bucs’ Schalk Vanniekerk, the school record holder in the 800 run, had to sit out the meet with strep throat.


Grand Haven’s Grace Kendra and Amy Kober each won individual O-K Red Conference championships at Friday’s league meet, held at West Ottawa.

Kendra won the long jump with a leap of 17 feet, 1 3⁄4 inches.

Kober was a surprise winner in the high jump as she cleared the bar at 4-11.

“Grace put it all together today and hammered the board in the finals,” said Buccaneers’ coach John Tarr, whose team finished sixth with 61 points. Rockford won the meet with 162.

“(Amy winning) was completely unexpected,” Tarr continued. “I figured Amy might place today if she had a good day. She showed a lot of composure and maturity for a freshman.”

Grand Haven senior Jordan Keefe had a strong meet, placing second in both the pole vault (11-6) and the 400-meter dash (57.7 seconds). Brittney Terry of East Kentwood own the 400 in conference record time, breaking the mark set by Grand Haven’s Amy Kleist in 2001.

Keefe also anchored the Bucs’ 800 relay team with Kendra, Jenna George and Hawver. They ran the fourth-fastest time in school history at 1:46.68, but still placed fourth in the meet.

Julia Stock took third in the 3,200 run at 11:18, while Kirsti King was eighth. Priscilla Vanheest was eighth in the 1,600 and seventh in the 800, and teamed up with Keefe, George and Hawver to place fifth in the 1,600 relay.



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