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Boys track wins dual meet

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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Girls Track wins one at dual meet

Jessica Titus in the 1600 meter run.

The Cedar Springs Girls Track Team opened their 2011 season with a double dual meet at Muskegon Mona Shores on Wednesday, March 30. The girls defeated Muskegon Oakridge 99 to 28 and lost to Mona Shores 82 to 55.  The team runs at Kent City at 10:00 on Thursday, April 7 in a scrimmage during spring break.  Placing for the Red Hawks was:

Sage Wight in the 200 meter dash.

First Place: Amber TerHaar Shot put and discus; Abby Vandusen long jump and 100 meter hurdles; Aly Hamilton 100 meter dash; Katie Weiler 3200, 1600, and 800 meter runs; Allie Veltkamp 400 meter dash; Fennesa Cotten 300 meter hurdles; 3200 meter relay team of Kayla Ovokaitys, Allie Veltkamp, Maddie Pekrul, and Katie Weiler; 400 meter relay team of Olivia Finch, Sage Wright, Abby Vandusen, and Aly Hamilton; 1600 mete relay team of Fennesa Cotten, Christina Dean, Kayla Ovokaitys, and Allie Veltkamp.

Second Place: Jeanette Sukstas shot put and Discus; Rieley Hondalus High jump; Aly Hamilton long jump; Jessica Titus 1600 and 3200 meter run; Kayla Ovokaitys 800 meter run; Sage Wright 200 meter dash.

Third Place: Shaelyn Fasel Discus; Briana Pierson long jump and high jump; Kaylie Decanter shot put; Fennesa Cotten 100 meter hurdles; Rieley Hondalus 100 meter dash; Christina Dean 800 meter run; Olivia Finch 200 meter dash; Maddie Pekrul 3200 meter run.

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