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Three head to state track finals

Three head to state track finals

Bowers, White and Detweiler will compete on June 5

Cedar Springs track and field athletes had a great regional performance with several earning medals and with three punching their ticket to the Division 1 state finals.  This Division 1 Region 2 regional meet was hosted by Grand Haven High School on May 21.

Qualifying for state for the Red Hawks in pole vault was junior Gabe White who finished 3rd at 13 feet 9 inches, which was 6 inches higher than his previous best. “I was excited for my new PR (personal record)!  All that hard work paid off,” said White.  “I am hoping to clear 14 feet at state.”

Junior Alyssa Detweiler also qualified for the state meet in high jump, finishing 3rd with her lifetime best of 5 feet 4 inches, which is 2 inches higher than her previous best.  This jump also ties the current school record that dates back to 1991. “Honestly, regionals went much better than I had even hoped it would.  It was really hot and sunny but there was a pretty good breeze from the lakeshore. It turns out that that is exactly prime jumping weather! I was ecstatic to make 5 feet 2 inches to qualify for state since for a while I’ve been clearing only 5 feet but after Coach Hullinger helped me fix my steps on Thursday my jumps improved a ton. It was great to have so much support on Friday. I remember coming back from one of my jumps and realizing that I had all five of our coaches there cheering me along with some of my teammates. My goal for the season has been to get the school record so tying it really put that in my sights. I hope to reach 5 feet 5 inches at state so that I can break the school record there. I am so excited that this season has gone so well. I am looking forward to finishing with a bang,” said Detweiler.

Senior Corey Bowers finished 1st in the 1600 with a time of 4:21.68 and also placed 1st in the 800 running a 1:56.29, which was a personal lifetime best for him. This qualified him for both events at the state finals. “I was very happy with the outcome. I still have work to do though,” said Bowers.  

Overall the boys finished 7th out of 16 and the girls placed 13th out of 17 teams.

The Red Hawks girls’ pole vault team had a great day with all three girls medaling. Senior Grace Sova finished 6th at 9 feet 9 inches; junior Alexis O’Dowd tied for 8th place at 9 feet 3 inches; and freshman Taylor Diemond also tied for 8th place at 9 feet 3 inches, which is her lifetime personal best. Freshman Annalise Elliott also medaled for the Red Hawks in the 1600-meter race. She passed several with a great kick in her last lap finishing 8th at 5:35, which is only 1 second off her lifetime best.  

“Our girls’ squad is extremely young and talented.  They adjusted to the culture change this year that comes with new coaches and new training very well all year. They beat some strong teams at regionals this year and we are looking to build off their success for years to come,” said Coach Justin Jones.  “Alyssa Detweiler’s school record high jump performance was a highlight I will remember for a long time. That is not an easy event, especially when the pressure is on and every detail counts. She nailed it and proved that she performs on the big stage; can’t wait to see her shine at the state meet as well.” 

Also taking home hardware was the boys’ 4×800 meter relay team made up of Justin Voskuil, Clayton Akerman, Eli Kleynenberg, and Carter Moleski. finishing 7th in a time of 9:07. The boys’ 4×400 meter relay also medaled finishing 7th in a time of 3:43. This relay was comprised of Gabe White, Eli Malon, Elliot Moleski, and Corey Bowers.   

“Despite some serious adversity all season in the form of injuries to many of our top athletes, our boys were able to come away 7th out of 17 teams. It was a great display of why you don’t give up when things don’t go according to plan. It was our first year in D1 so placing in the top half of the region was a big win for us,” said Coach Jones. “Gabe and Corey are some of the best in the state at what they do and I can’t wait to watch them compete on the biggest stage in two weeks.”  

State finals will be held on June 5th at East Kentwood High School. Good luck Red Hawks!

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