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.