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Boys track and field gets off to a fast start

In only the third week of being together, the high school boys track and field team competed in two double duals before spring break began. On Monday, March 29, CSHS hosted Greenville and Kenowa Hills in a match up with last year’s OK Black and White Conference Champions.

“We have to compete with better area teams to know how we will stack up against our stronger league opponents this year,” commented Coach Myers. At last year’s meet, the boys were humbled by the Jackets and Knights, but the meets were much closer this year. The Red Hawks defeated Greenville 74-63, while losing to the Knights on the last event of the evening, 73-64.  “In the sport of track and field, you have to win relays.  Tonight we didn’t win a relay against Kenowa Hills. That gave them 20 points, and we zero. That cannot happen anymore this year. There is more exchange work to do and these boys will get it taken care of,” stated Coach.

On Wednesday, the Hawks hosted Muskegon Mona Shores and Whitehall. “We were contacted earlier in the winter about competing against Whitehall, and  I jumped at that opportunity. They have been one of the top two teams at our regional for the past 3-4 years. This was a good indicator of how we’ll stack up against them at this season,” said Myers. The Hawks did a lot of things right, as they beat Shores 104-33 and Whitehall 106.66-30.33.

“What our coaches were more impressed by than just three victories this season was the times, distances, and heights that we are already accomplishing,» said Myers. After studying last season’s outcomes, we are better right now than we were last year at this time. That proves to us that the boys put in more work in the off season and it is paying off with their efforts. Right now, we are better now in every event than last year, except for two, and that is excellent. These efforts have gotten the boys excited to begin the league contests.”

Leading the way for the Hawks are sprinters James Putnam, Alex Hemry and Ron Fisk, hurdler Justin Balczak, freshman distance runner Conner Mora, jumper and sprinter Hank Porter, pole vaulter AJ Olszewski, throwers Sam Bekins and Andrew Klompstra, and middle distance runner Achrim Tillbrooke.  Most of these boys have already performed better than their best marks from the entire 2009 season.

Also at Wednesday’s meet, junior AJ Olszewski set the school record in the pole vault.  The old mark of 13’6” is no more, as AJ improved that to 13’7”.  His next goal is to vault 14’, a mark that very few vaulters in the area make.  “This young man’s hard work is beginning to pay off. He has vaulted throughout the last two summers, competed at indoor meets this winter, and went to a vaulting camp all winter long.  He understands the technical part of vaulting better, can recognize mistakes, and is leading the vaulting group by setting good examples,” commented Coach Myers.

The boys are 3-1 and will host West Catholic and Belding after spring break on April 15. The Hawks are looking to redeem themselves as West Catholic beat them at last year’s conference meet, thus giving Sparta the championship.

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