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Middle school boys track team finishes undefeated


The Cedar Springs Middle School boys track team continued their strong tradition with an eighth consecutive undefeated season at 5 wins and 0 losses. In the past 19 years, the boys have posted 16 undefeated seasons.

The team ended their season by splitting into separate grade level teams to compete in two conference championship invitationals. The 7th grade team placed first at their conference meet, earning championship honors with 155 points. The teams’ nearest competitor was Belding, who finished second with 116 points. The 8th grade team finished in second place, 21 points behind Sparta.

The following is a list of 1st place Conference Champions and their events:

7th GRADE

John Todd………………………55 Hurdles, 200 Hurdles, High Jump

George Gonzales……………800 Run, Shot Put

Alex Merlington………………70 Dash, Pole Vault

Dallas Mora…………………3200 Run

8th GRADE

Jacob Hooker…………………200 Hurdles

Troy Patin, Christian Twitchell, Jameson Pavelka, Austin Basso……..3200 Relay

Dustin Shaw, Jake Mead, Austin Ellis, Collin Alvesteffer…………………400 Relay

The guys enjoyed a great season due to their hard work, dedication and commitment to individually do what was necessary to make the team a success. Coach Martens and Coach Banagis would like to congratulate all team members on a fantastic season. A special “thank you” to all parents, staff members, high school coaches and athletes for always cheering our team on and for running great home meets.

 

 

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Mora earns two state titles


Connor Mora running with the pack during the 800m run”

Last Saturday, Red Hawk junior distance runner Connor Mora finished where no other Cedar Springs track and field athlete has before. Connor was state champion in two events at the MHSAA Division 2 State Finals at Houseman Field.

Going into the meet, he was seeded as the number one runner in the 1600m and 800m runs. Mora carried out his pre-race strategy exactly as planned in the 1600m run, beating his nearest competitor from Chelsea by 1.5 seconds. His official time of 4:13.97 was the fastest from all divisions in the state Saturday.

Connor Mora breaking from the competition in the 1600m run.

After recovering and refocusing for the 800m run, he once again carried out his plan and passed a small group of runners on the backstretch of the last lap, with 250m to go, and didn’t look back. His official time was 1:56.41. Although exhausted, Connor was able to gather his thoughts for some media interviews.

“Connor showed the entire state why he is considered to be the best distance runner in the state,” remarked Coach Jeff Myers. “His hard work began after last season’s disappointing finishes right here at the state finals. He did a lot of maturing over the course of the season, became focused on his race strategies and will out work anyone. We are very excited to find out what opportunities lie ahead for him at the next level.”

Connor with All-State distance sisters Kenzie (left) and Katie Weiler.

Also competing for the Hawks last Saturday was Derek Ash, 12th in the discus at 149’ 5”; the 3200m relay team placed 17th with a time of 8:16; and Aaron Brooks in the 3200m run with a time of 9:58.

Congratulations to all Red Hawks for their season’s accomplishments.

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Boys track finishes second in league


After being conference champions the past two years, the Hawks had to settle for runners-up this season. After a great start on day one (led by 10 points), Sparta out-performed Cedar for the conference title. Along the way, the boys posted personal bests in twelve of the seventeen events.

“All we wanted the boys to do was to be focused on setting personal bests. If they could do that, then we could walk away knowing we gave it our best shot,” said Coach Myers. “We knew coming into the season that we would have a difficult time defending the conference title. We performed better than expected at the conference meet. We have a tough group of athletes that expect to be better each time they compete.”

Earning all conference honors this season were Derek Ash, Connor Mora, Aaron Brooks, Alex Bray, Aaron Dault and Austin Sargent.

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Boys track wins home invitational


After suffering their first conference dual meet loss since 2008, the Red Hawk boys track team came to the Red Hawk Invite to defend last year’s title. Last Tuesday, May 1, the Hawks traveled to Comstock Park to compete one last time in the OK Blue. They defeated the Panthers 114-23, while suffering defeat to Sparta 92.5-44.5.

“Sometimes, our best effort isn’t quite good enough and that is what happened tonight,” said Coach Jeff Myers. “We didn’t match up well versus Sparta. They have the four fastest relay teams in the league and tonight; we gave them 20 points by losing those four events. We ended a great run in the league by going 17-1 in three seasons of dual meets,” he added. “One good point was that we recognized that nearly two-thirds of the boys set personal bests in one of their events. Improving at each competition and giving our best effort are the positives we took from this.”

On Saturday, May 5, the Hawks entertained seven other schools in their annual invitational. After an exciting day of races, jumps and throws, the Hawks defended their 2011 title and claimed victory again by 9.5 points over Kenowa Hills. “We had three new teams entered this year. Cadillac, Reed City and Greenville brought us new challenges. After ten events, we were down by two points to Jenison. After the 800m run, we not only passed them, but kept Kenowa Hills and Cadillac from sneaking past us. This was the closest finish that we have ever had,” noted Myers. “For the most part, we competed at a high level today, as has been happening each meet this year, as we have continuously lowered our times or improved our field events.”

Leading the way for the Hawks were two record breaking performances by junior Connor Mora. He set two new school records by running 4:13.55 in the 1600m run and 1:56.62 in the 800m run (also stadium and meet records). Junior Aaron Dault also achieved two wins in the 110m and 300m hurdles. Other medal winners for Cedar Springs included a third place by the 3200m relay team (Mora, Alex Bray, Austin Sargent, and Aaron Brooks); Derek Ash in the discus (4th); Rylan Ash in the discus (6th); Dault in the long jump (3rd); Nate Jones in the high jump (3rd); Dault in the high jump (4th); Brandon Sipka in the 400m dash (5th); and Brooks in the 3200m run (4th).

The Junior Varsity traveled to Lakeview on Monday for the annual Wildcat Invitational. They will finish the week Thursday and Friday at Belding for their last OK Blue Conference Meet. The Hawks enter the meet seeded second and look to knock off their rivals from Sparta. Action begins at 3:45 on Thursday with field events and preliminary and semi-final races. Friday begins with boy’s pole-vaulting at 3:45, followed by the finals at 6:00.

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Boys Track Squeaks by Forest Hills Northern


Tyler Hindenach in the pole vault

The Hawks traveled to Forest Hills Northern last Tuesday to take on the Huskies in OK Blue conference action.

The meet began with the Hawks competing and getting results from their field event athletes. They finished with 26 out of 36 points, not including the pole vault, after four events. Things didn’t quite go as planned in the running events, as their four relays didn’t post one win during the evening.

MavRick Cotten handing off to Nate Jones in the 800m relay.

After allowing the Huskies to climb back into the contest with those 20 points, the Hawks had their backs to the wall. However, with surprising performances from Casey VanEss in the 100m dash (third), Brandon Sipka in the 400m dash (first), freshman MavRick Cotton in the 300m hurdles (second) and Ilan Cabarello and VanEss in the 200m dash (second and third), the Hawks were in a position to clinch the meet after the 3200m run. Once again, the Hawks were faced with adversity as they finished second and third in the event. That left them with 67 points and the conclusion of the pole vault to come out victorious. Sophomore vaulters Tyler Hindenach and Dalton VanEss pulled through for their team and gained the points needed to win their eighth consecutive meet this year 71-66.

Also recording important points for the Hawks were Derek Ash (first in the shot put and discus); Connor Ackerman (second in the discus), Rylan Ash (second in the shot put and third in discus); Andy DiPiazza (third in the shot put); Aaron Dault (second in the long jump, third in the high jump and two wins in the hurdle races); Kaden Myers (third in the long jump); Nate Jones (second in the high jump); MavRick Cotton (third in the high hurdles); Connor Mora (first in the 1600m and 800m runs and third in the 3200m run); and Aaron Brooks (second in the 3200m run).

“In my 13th year of coaching, I don’t remember ever winning a meet and not winning a relay,” said Coach Jeff Myers. “Losing four relay events usually means disaster for some teams—but not this meet. They didn’t lose their focus, drop their heads or complain about anything. They knew that they had to perform better and did so. The coaches continued to encourage and discuss how they had to compete to keep it rolling. They showed us a lot of guts today,” he remarked.

The track and field team competes on Tuesday when they travel to Comstock Park to take on the Panthers and Sparta in their last OK Blue league meet of the season then hosts the annual Red Hawk Invitational at Red Hawk Stadium on Saturday.

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Boys track posts double victories


Kaden Myers in the long jump

The Red Hawk boys track and field team competed last Tuesday and Saturday. On Tuesday, April 17, they hosted Coopersville. The Hawks improved to 3-0 in the OK Blue and 7-0 overall by beating the Broncos 83.33-53.66. Wins were posted in the long jump (Aaron Dault), high jump (Nate Jones), the 3200m relay (Austin Sargent, Aaron Brooks, Alex Bray, and Connor Mora), the 800m relay team (Casey VanEss, Brandon Sipka, Ilan Cabarello, and Mathias Mair), the 400m relay team (Casey VanEss, Sean Thompson, Ilan Cabarello, and Derek Ash), 110m and 300m hurdles (Dault), and 1600m, 3200m and 800m runs (Mora).

Connor Mora in the 3200m relay

“Going into the meet, we realized that we had to have a really good day to come out of here victorious,” said Coach Jeff Myers. “It was an extremely close meet until the 800m relay. After we won that and the 400m relay, we just had to finish our events without disqualifications.”

On Saturday, April 21, the Hawks ventured north for the first time to the Warrior Invitational at Chippewa Hills High School. Thirteen boys teams competed in two divisions. After a busy and competitive day, the Hawks came out winning their division by posting 158.38 points over second place Alma, who scored 136. Other schools that competed in the Hawk’s division were Traverse City West, Big Rapids, Chesaning, Chippewa Hills and Gaylord.

Sean Thompson and Ilan Cabarello in the 400m relay

Along the way, junior Connor Mora set a new school record while winning the 1600m run. Previously set in 2006 by Landon Peacock (state champion in ’06 and University of Wisconsin), Mora’s new time is 4:16.43. Other medal winners on the day were; Brandon Sipka in the 400m dash (7th); Mora in the 800m run (1st); Aaron Brooks and Austin Sargent in the 1600m run (4th and 5th); Brooks was 3rd in the 3200m run; Aaron Dault and MavRick Cotton in the 110m high hurdles (3rd and 7th); Dault in the 300m hurdles (4th); the 400m relay of Casey VanEss, Sean Thompson, Ilan Cabarello, and Derek Ash were 6th; the 3200m relay team of Brooks, Bray, Sargent, and Mora were second; the 1600m relay team of Bray, Sargent, Mathias Mair and Kaden Myers were sixth; Derek and Rylan Ash were second and fourth in the discus and fifth and seventh in the shot put; Nate Jones was fourth in the high jump; and Dault was fourth in the long jump.

“Overall, we had a good day. All we ask of the kids is to work hard during practice to show improvement when we compete. We had almost everyone improve in their individual events, while three relay teams improved their times. Because of the number of teams and competitors in the events, it was very difficult to keep track of the score during the meet. This was a good meet for us in regards to seeing new opponents and evaluating what our strengths and weaknesses are,” stated Coach Myers.

The track and field team competed on Tuesday this week when they traveled to Forest Hills Northern in an OK Blue league meet. See next week’s Post for results.

 

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Boys Track improves


The Red Hawk boys track and field team competed last Tuesday and Saturday. On Tuesday, they hosted a double dual with West Catholic and Belding. The Hawks improved to 6-0 on the young season by beating the Falcons 76-61 and the Redskins 85-52. On Saturday, they traveled to Coopersville to take on seven other schools at the annual Bronco Classic. They Hawks entered three teams—middle school, junior varsity and varsity. The middle school and junior varsity team placed second in their divisions, while the varsity placed fourth. Overall, they placed second.

Leading the way in points for the season are Derek Ash (throws), all-stater Connor Mora (distance), Aaron Brooks (distance), Ilan Cabarello (sprints), Aaron Dault (hurdles), Rylan Ash (throws), and Nate Jones (high jump).

“We showed a lot of improvement from the first week of competition before spring break. We were rusty in some events last Tuesday, but the boys responded well and improved on Saturday. This upcoming week is going to show if we are contenders or not in the hunt for the league title,” stated Coach Myers.

The Hawks hosted Coopersville in a league dual on Tuesday, and then travel to Chippewa Hills for a 14-team invitational on Saturday.

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Balczak is tops in state



The Cedar Springs boys varsity track team made a great showing at the individual state finals last Saturday at Houseman Field, taking several of the top 10 spots and placing sixth overall as a team. Senior Justin Balczak took first place in the 110m high hurdles, making him the champion in Division 2. Congratulations, Justin!
Click here to get the scoop on the boys and girls state track meets, and read the story on how our awesome girls soccer team took the district championship!

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Boys track places in top spots at state meet


Balczak takes first in hurdles; Olszewski is second in pole vault

Justin Balczak on podium with top 8 division 2 recipients

Justin Balczak on podium with top 8 division 2 recipients

The Cedar Springs boys varsity track team went to Houseman Field last Saturday to compete in the MHSAA Division 2 track and field championship. This meet would be a culmination of a very successful season that featured many highs. On a hot, long, and steamy day this team lived up to all the accolades it had received this season by placing 6th with 33 points with some outstanding individual performances.

Connor Mora on podium with top 8 division 2 recipients

Connor Mora on podium with top 8 division 2 recipients

Justin Balczak is the 110m high hurdle, MHSAA Division 2 State Champion!  Other athletes that placed in the top at this weekend’s MHSAA State Finals were; AJ Olszewski-2nd in the pole vault; Hank Porter-8th in the long jump; Connor Mora-5th in the 1600m run and 7th in the 3200m run; Justin Balczak-2nd in the 300m hurdles. The record board was rewritten on this day, the new 110m high hurdle record set by Balczak at 14.19, the new 300m low hurdle record set by Justin at 38.25, and a new 800m relay record of 1:31.64, was set by Ron Fisk, Ryan Austin, James Putnam, and Alex Hemry. With his performance, Justin Balczak has also earned a roster spot on the Team Michigan track team for the Midwest Meet of Champions this weekend in Ft. Wayne, IN.  This meet enters the best three athletes from the entire state to compete against teams that represent the states of Ohio and Indiana.  Justin will compete in the 110m and 300m hurdles.  We have never had a male athlete compete at this prestigious event!

With conclusion of the season, the community should be proud of a group of young men that not only performed to an extremely high level, but did it with humility and outstanding sportsmanship. This team was always in good spirits, even during the miserable early season weather, and was just fun to be around. A huge thanks and appreciation to head coach Jeff Myers and his staff for all the hours and hard work into helping the boys fulfill their potential.

Olszewski took second in the state in pole vault.

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Records fall as boys track sits atop OK Blue


Red Hawks were winners of their own invitational. Photo by Jim Harthorn.

The Cedar Springs boys varsity track team completed the dual meet portion of the season with a record of 8-0, 6-0 in the conference, with victories over West Catholic (76-61), Sparta (101.5-34.5), and Coopersville (96-41). The team finished the week off by defending their own Red Hawk Invitational by outscoring Jenison, Forest Hills Northern, Rockford, Ionia, and Kenowa Hills. Battling through injuries and Mother Nature, the team was led by a group of seniors that for four years have compiled a record of 29-4 in dual meets, 26-1 in conference meets and own a 23-meet winning streak.

Justin Balczak set a school record this week in the 300m hurdles. Photo by Aimee Brumleve.

There were some outstanding performances this past week. AJ Olszewski set a school, Red Hawk stadium, and OK Blue conference record in the pole vault at 15 feet. Hank Porter set a school and stadium record in the long jump at 21 feet 10 inches and Justin Balczak set a school record in the 300m hurdles at 38.85 seconds.
Personal best performances this week were also put in by Alex Hemry in the 200m, Aaron Dault in the 300m hurdles, Justin Balczak in the shot put, Derek Ash and Dan Sagorski in the discus, Jake Rickner in the pole vault and long jump, Aaron Brooks in the 3200m run, Connor Mora in the 1600m run, Aaron Leal in the high jump, and Ryan Austin in the 100m.
The team enters the conference meet this week as the number one seed. They face a strong challenge from West Catholic and Forest Hills Northern to claim the outright OK Blue Championship. The preliminary heats are today at 4pm and finals Friday at 6pm Forest Hills Northern. As the defending champions, everyone is shooting to knock us off the podium and take our crown. With the weather finally warming up, let’s fill the stands for the boys and cheer them on to victory.

AJ Olszewski set a record in the pole vault at 15 feet. Photo by Mark Balczak.

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