Local Sports Journal

ALLENDALE — Seven area track performers are getting ready to start the outdoor season after recently winning an event in an indoor meet at Grand Valley State University.

The three-day meet had 2,500 entries in the Kelly Family Sports Center on GVSU’s Allendale campus in late March.

Spring Lake had the most individual victories with three winners in the girls meet for Division I and II schools. Carlyn Arteaga won the 800-meter run, and Allie LeRoux the pole vault while Grace Peterson finished in a six-way tie for first place in the high jump. All three competed for Spring Lake.

Arteaga won her race with a 2:17.89 clocking. LeRoux cleared 11-feet-six-inches in the pole vault while Peterson was one of six clearing the five-foot mark in the high jump.

Individual winners in the boys Division III and IV meet were Will Wilson and Ben Wildeboer, of Kent City, and Wyatt Ford, of Montague, Wilson won the 1,600-meter race in 4:37.27, and he also placed third in the 800-meter race with a time of 2:06.33. Wildeboer won the spot put with a toss of 47-feet-seven-inches.  Ford’s victory came in the 200-meter dash where he had a time of 23.75 seconds.

The other area first places came in the girls’ meet for Division III and IV schools.

Montague’s Liz Moak won the 60-meter hurdles in 10.17-seconds while Hannah Rainey, of Newaygo, took the 800-meter run with a 2:29.11 clocking.

In the boys’ meet for Division I and II schools, Mona Shores had three athletes finish third in their events. Marquon Sargent came in third in both the 60-meter and 200-meter dashes while Adreon Billups placed third in the high jump.

Area competitors also earned second places in the other meets. In the boys’ Division III and IV meet, Bret Korytowski, of Newaygo, finished second in the 60-meter dash. Hesperia had two second places when Nate McKeown took that spot in the high jump and Joseph Mckeown the same place in the 60-meter hurdles. Western Michigan Christian came away with a second place in the four-by-300-meter relay.

In the girls’ Division III and IV meet, Montague’s Abby Christmas took second in the long jump while WM Christian’s Annelise DeKam earned the same spot in the 400-meter dash. 

The first big meet on the area track schedule will be the Rocket Invite on April 18 at Reeths-Puffer High School’s Rocket Stadium.