By Nathan Dugener
FRUITPORT–Kaitlyn Yonker from Fruitport High School has decided to continue her running career at Aquinas College after having a great high school cross country and track and field career. Kaitlyn will continue to run for the Saints’ track program as she recently signed her national letter of intent to attend Aquinas College.
Aquinas is a member of the Wolverine Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC). The Women’s track and field program recently finished in 3rd place during the Indoor WHAC Championships as well as finishing 10th overall in the NAIA Indoor Championships.
Yonker participated in track and field for the entirety of her four years at Fruitport. She also ran cross country for three years.
Individually, Yonker performs well in the 100m Hurdles and the 300m Hurdles with personal records of 19.51 and 54.75 seconds, respectively. High jump is another event she thrives in with a personal record of four feet and six inches. Yonker is also an integral part of the Trojans 4×200 and 4×400 relays.
“Kaitlyn is a quiet person who likes to let her actions speak for her. She frequently volunteers to pass out food for our annual food truck through Feed America. She is also involved in NHS and other activities through the school. She conditions for track during the off season and takes hurdles home to work on them over the summer. She runs cross country in the fall to get herself in shape for track and will sometimes stay late after cross country practice to sneak out to the track to do some hurdles,” said Fruitport Coach Randy Johnson.
“Kaitlyn is a hard worker and is willing to do what it takes to become the best on and off the track. I have enjoyed working with Kaitlyn for the past few years and I wish her well at Aquinas,” said Johnson.
Yonker currently has a 3.69 GPA at Fruitport and will plan to focus on business and sports management at Aquinas. Kaitlyn is the daughter of Pete and Dawn Yonker.