Running in the winter is a recreational sport for some kids. For others it means a little more. Cedar Spring runners competed in the MITS State Track and Field meet last Saturday at Eastern Michigan University. The championship meet was attended by over 750 athletes from all over Michigan. The top eight finishers in each event are awarded all-state honors.
Unlike spring track, MITS is a club sport. This allows runners from different schools to team-up and compete together. The group of runners from this area, who have trained and competed in several indoor meets this winter, are known as the West Michigan Harriers.
Cedar Springs, Kent City, Kenowa Hills and Calvin Christian runners pooled their talents and love for the sport and produced some very impressive results.
A.J. Olszewski started the day in the pole vault. The senior school record holder faced many outstanding vaulters. A.J. cleared 14 feet 6 inches to place fourth. This was a personal best indoors for A.J. He becomes the first Red Hawk pole vaulter to earn all-state honors at MITS.
In the 3200-meter relay, the girls team placed fourth. Sadie Ringer and Jeanne Wilson of Kent City, along with Katie and Mackenzie Weiler of Cedar Springs ran 10:06.
In the same event, the boys team of Russ Werra and Jeff Bajema of Kenowa Hills, along with Justus Pinckney of Calvin Christian and Connor Mora of Cedar Springs, won the race in 8:12.
In the individual running events, Katie Weiler placed eighth in the 3200-meter run. Connor Mora placed third in the 1600-meter run and Mackenzie Weiler placed fifth in the 1600 meter race. All three athletes received all-state medals.