By Seth Vanderwest
Hart’s other title came in 2018.
Hart, led by their distance runners, took first with a score of 63. Runner-up Pewamo-Westphalia was a distant 24 points back at 39. Onsted came in third place with 33 points while Montague placed fourth with 29 points.
Leading the scoring for Hart were Jessica Jazwinski, Audrianna Enns, Alyson Enns and Addison Hovey.
Jazwinski, a freshman, took home four all-state medals. She placed third in the 800m, fourth in the 1600m, second in the 3200m, and led the Pirates’ 4×800 relay. Jazwinski ran the anchor leg.
Audrianna Enns was another four-time all-stater. She took fourth in the 800m, second in the 1600m, seventh in the 4x400m relay as the anchor, and was part of the 4x800m relay team.
Alyson Enns, a sophomore and sister of senior Audrianna, earned two all-state medals with a sixth-place finish in the 3200m and ran a leg of the 4x800m relay.
Freshman Addison Hovey placed second in the high jump and second in the 4x100m relay as anchor.
Also scoring for Hart were Aspen Boutell, Lauren VanderLaan, and Kendall Williamson in the 4x100m relay and 4×400 relay. Lexi Beth Nienhuis also ran in the 4x800m relay.
The Montague Wildcats were led by Natalie Erickson with four all-state honors. She was part of the state champion 4×100 relay team and the 4×200 team. She earned all-state individually in the 100-meter and 200-meter.
Lauren Smith and Maddie Meacham each earned two state champion medals in the 4x100m and 4x200m relays.
Also scoring for Montague were Claire Meacham (eighth in the shot put), Brooke Stark (first as part of the 4x100m relay), and Britta Johnson helped the 4×200 team capture first place.
Several other area athletes had solid performances.
Kendra Postema, of Ravenna, came into the state meet ranked 10th and 12th in the 100m and 200m, respectively, putting her right at the edge of all-state qualification (top eight make all-state). At the state meet, she took eighth in the 100-meter dash and seventh in the 200-meter dash. She earned all-state in both events.
Three senior athletes from host Kent City also collected all-state medals. Kylie Brown broke two school records in the 200-meter (25.99) and 400-meter (58.07). She finished second in the 400.
Last year’s Division 3 high jump state champion, Mickenzie Brancheau, took fifth place this year with a jump of 5-2.
Kent City’s Taryn Preston earned her third all-state medal in the 300-meter hurdles with a season-best 48.41, good for seventh overall. Preston placed 14th in the shot put.
Also appearing at state were Montague’s Amanda Cedarquist and North Muskegon’s Carolyn Bennett, Gabriella Wingard, Abbie Wiegers, and Keira Staley.
Full results from the Division 3 state finals can be found here: https://www.athletic.net/TrackAndField/meet/446343/results/all