Posted on 09 June 2011.
Balczak takes first in hurdles; Olszewski is second in pole vault
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
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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Posted on 12 May 2011.
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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Posted on 28 April 2011.
Hank Porter won the long jump for the Red Hawks.
Alex Hemry won the 100m and 200m runs for Cedar Springs
The Cedar Springs boys track team was finally back on the track to open their defense of the OK Blue title. After two cancelled meets due to snow, rain, and wind the boys defeated a strong Forest Hills Northern team 86-51. This was a key meet as the Huskies are a legitimate contender for the 2011 OK crown. Rust was evident as the Red Hawks were not particularly sharp, but with improved field event performance and a strong distance and sprint crews, they were more than up to the challenge.
The Cedar Springs field event members started the meet off with victories that Northern could not recover from. AJ Olszewski won the pole vault (13’), Dan Sagorski won the discus(128’9”), Hank Porter won the long jump(20’1”), and in first ever attempt at shot put, Justin Balczak won in a put of 44’3”. Connor Mora led the Cedar distance crew against the strength of the Husky team, their distance crew, with victories in the 800m, 1600m, and 3200m. Alex Hemry won the 100m, 200m, member of the winning 400m relay, and anchored the thrilling 800m relay race. Justin Balczak added victories in the 110m and 300m hurdles to his shot put and 800m relay victories. With the strong distance crew of Northern, the sprinters stepped up with key contributions from Ryan Austin (800m and 400m relay wins), Ron Fisk (800m relay win), Aaron Dault (hurdles), and the return of state qualifier James Putnam from his knee injury during the football season.
Starting this week, the Red Hawks start the meat of their schedule in their drive for the OK Blue championship. On Thursday the 28th they finally have a home meet against the Redskins of Belding. We all pray for the weather to break so the boys can get on the track to shake off the rust and show off the championship talent this team possesses.
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Posted on 08 April 2011.
Alex Bray running with baton for the Red Hawks.
The Cedar Springs boys track team started their defense of the 2010 OK Blue championship with resounding victories in their opening double dual meet. The Red Hawks won every event in their 127-10 victory over Muskegon Oakridge and 122-15 victory over Mona Shores. Even with winning all the events, there were some stand-out performances of note. AJ Olszewski broke the school record in the pole vault at 14’6”, Alex Hemry won the 100, in a personal best of 11.0, and also won the 200 and anchored the winning sprint relays. Aaron Dault set a personal best in the high jump of 6’1”, and Derek Ash won the discus and shot put in personal bests of 127’4” and 43’.5”. Conner Mora led the young distant group with victories in the 1600 and 3200 while Justin Balczak provided victories in the 110 and 300 hurdles.
Trevor Hemry with the discus for the Red Hawks.
The team has spent the off season hard at work in the weight room and running in indoor meets to prepare for this season. The expectations on this team are sky high with their talented core of seniors that are 20-1 in conference dual meets since 2008, 17 straight, and 23-4 overall.
Even head coach Jeff Myers was impressed with the opening meet. “The team’s performance exceeded the coaching staff’s expectation,” he said.
The team’s next scheduled meet is Saturday, April 16 at Coopersville for the Bronco Classic. The Red Hawks are the 3 time defending champions of the meet and are looking for the Cedar Spring community to come spend a spring day supporting them.
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Posted on 04 June 2010.
The Cedar Springs Middle School boys track team completed their 2010 dual meet schedule with a fifth consecutive undefeated season at 6 wins and 0 losses. The team ended their season by splitting into separate grade level teams to compete in two separate conference championship invitationals. The 7th grade team placed first in their first year of conference competition. They easily outdistanced second place Coopersville by 82 points. After finishing fifth in last year’s conference invitational, the 8th graders rebounded to finish in first place this year, defeating second place Sparta by only six points.
In addition to their outstanding performances at their conference championships, the 7th and 8th grade team combined to compete in the eight-team Bronco Classic on April 17. The team won the invitational for the tenth consecutive year, outscoring second place Kent City 138 to 85.
The track team enjoyed a great season this year due to their hard work, dedication and commitment to individually do what is 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!
Middle school boys track team finishes undefeated The Cedar Springs Middle School boys track team completed their 2010 dual meet schedule with a fifth consecutive undefeated season at 6 wins and 0 losses. The team ended their season by splitting into separate grade level teams to compete in two separate conference championship invitationals. The 7th grade team placed first in their first year of conference competition. They easily outdistanced second place Coopersville by 82 points. After finishing fifth in last year’s conference invitational, the 8th graders rebounded to finish in first place this year, defeating second place Sparta by only six points. In addition to their outstanding performances at their conference championships, the 7th and 8th grade team combined to compete in the eight-team Bronco Classic on April 17. The team won the invitational for the tenth consecutive year, outscoring second place Kent City 138 to 85.The track team enjoyed a great season this year due to their hard work, dedication and commitment to individually do what is 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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Posted on 29 April 2010.
The boy’s track and field team has improved to 4-0 in the conference and 7-1 overall after two wins last week against Coopersville and Grand Rapids Central. The Hawks won all seventeen events against the Central Rams on their way to a 127-7 victory. They won fifteen events on their way to a 97-40 victory over the Broncos. “On paper, it looked as though we breezed through these wins, but statistically, we didn’t improve a lot of our performances. We have come off three meets in six days. It was a toll on the boys to be physically and mentally prepared, and ready to improve,” commented Coach Myers.
Even though the Red Hawks didn’t improve in every event, there were still some notable performances to be noted. Freshman distance runner Conner Mora continues to turn in some of the area’s best times in the 1600m and 3200m runs. Junior Andrew Klompstra has established himself as one of the top discus throwers in the league. Sophomore Hank Porter has set the standard high in the league’s long jump event. Porter has not been defeated this season. The 3200m relay team of Austin Mora, Alex Bray, Conner Mora and Achrim Tillbrooke continue to lower their conference leading time. Junior James Putnam continues to improve his league leading 100m and 200m dash times.
“With these wins, I’ll have to give the credit to our assistant coaches. They continue to prepare the boys and have continued to establish personal bests in our distance, throwing, and high jumping events,” added Myers.
The Hawks have a tough battle this week against an improving Forest Hills Northern team, and complete it with the Red Hawk Invitational at Red Hawk Stadium.
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