By Seth Vanderwest
LocalSportsJournal.com

ADA–Whitehall placed third and Spring Lake took sxith in the Division 2 boys track state finals hosted by Forest Hills Eastern this past Saturday.

Whitehall finished with 31 points, tying with Allendale. Spring Lake had 29 points.

Whitehall was led solid performances in relays. The Viking 4×200-meter relay team of Nate Bolley, Lukas Palmer, Trannon Aylor, and Malcolm Earvin earned a state title with a time of 1:29.73. Earvin also placed 16th in the 200-meter dash.

Whitehall’s 4×400-meter relay team of Earvin, Aylor, Bolley, and Riley Buys placed second with a time of 3:25.13.

Junior David Conrad and sophomore Trannon Aylor also scored individually for the Vikings. Conrad took fourth in the pole vault with a vault height of 14-1. Aylor earned second place in the 400-meter run with a personal best of 49.39.

Camden Thompson (12th in high jump) and Gabe Reavey (15th in discus) made appearances at the state meet, as well.

Whitehall also had a 4×100-meter relay team compete. The relay, made up of Nate Bolley, Red Watson, Lukas Palmer, and Malcolm Earvin, took 15th with a time of 44.14.

Leading the scoring for Spring Lake was senior Ian Hill and junior Jaxson Tober. Hill ended the day with two state titles in the 1600-meter run and as a member of the 4×400-meter relay. He also took ninth in the 800-meter. Tober earned a second place and also was part of the relay team. He ran a personal best 15.04 in the finals of the 110 hurdles.

Also scoring for Spring Lake were senior Carter Phillips and junior Tanner Guczwa. Phillips ran a 1:58.36 personal record in the 800-meter to claim eighth place and the final all-state slot and was also on the 4×400 team, as was Tanner Guczwa. Guczwa placed 10th in the 400-meter dash.

Also appearing at the state finals for Spring Lake were James Handrich (11th in pole vault), Porter Saunders (17th in high jump)

Several other Muskegon-area athletes performed at the Division 2 state finals.

Fruitport’s Cody Nash earned two all-state medals on Saturday. In the 200-meter dash, Nash took seventh with a time of 22.98. Nash, along with Sean Gieske, Paschal Jolman and Camden Farrell – placed second in the 4×100-meter relay. They ran a 42.67.

A pair of Fremont Packers made appearances as Conor Somers earned second in the 800 with a 1:57.03. Gabe Whittle placed 17th in long jump with a 19-9 1/2 effort in the long jump.

Orchard View’s 4×100 team of Mekhi Thomas, Tavion Chavez, Dontya Johnson and Darius Williams placed 22nd, running a 44.76. Williams took 20th in the 100-meter dash.

Overall, Muskegon-area athletes earned 20 all-state medals and had 5 runner-up finishes and 3 state championships.

Full results from the Division 2 state finals can be found here: https://www.athletic.net/TrackAndField/meet/446340/results/all