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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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Cedar athletes fair well at indoor state meet


Boys 3200 Meter Relay. Top Row L to R: Russ Werra and Justus Pinckney. Bottom Row L to R: Connor Mora and Jeff Bajema.

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.

AJ Olszewski earned all-state honors at the MITS State Track and Field meet.

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.

Girls 3200 Meter Relay team. L to R: MacKenzie Weiler, Jeanne Wilson, Sadie Ringer and Katie Weiler.

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.

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