The Western Michigan Christian track and field teams opened their seasons this past Tuesday, April 19 with dual meets against Ludington and Muskegon Catholic Central.
Both teams split the dual meets with the boys and girls both being defeated by the deep Ludington squads and both picking up wins against Muskegon Catholic Central.
In boys action Ludington defeated the Warriors 107-28 while WMC got by the Crusaders 79-23.
In the girls meet Ludington held the upper hand over WMC 77-56 and the Warriors defeated Catholic Central 105-5.
Western Michigan Christian Coach Greg Gould said, “It was great to finally compete after some early season cancellations. It is hard to be in practice for over a month before finally getting the opportunity to learn from competition.
“We will struggle in the dual meets against the large and deep teams of the conference in Ludington and Manistee, but I expect to finish much closer to them in the conference meet where our top athletes match up very well against the entire conference.”
“We have some great new additions to the team this season as well as a wonderful new facility for practice and those showed right away in the first meet,” said Gould.
“The addition of great all-around athletes in Owen Varnado for the boys and Kyla and Maddie Wiersma for the girls added some immediate additional points in the field events and on the track as well.”
“Given the cold weather Tuesday, I felt our performances were solid which I partly attribute to having a great new facility for practice.”
“All the returning athletes had strong starts to the new season as well, and the school record book even got into the action in this meet with Abby VanderKooi breaking the girl’s 12th grade records in the 1600 (5:12.75) and the 3200 (10:56.65). As the season progresses her school records in those events will most likely be in play as well,” Gould commented.
The teams return to competition with meets on Tuesday, April 26 at Orchard View, against the Cardinals and Muskegon Heights. Friday, April 29 will find the teams at the Kent City Elite Invitational.