By Seth Vanderwest
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