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Boys track OK Bronze champions

The Red Hawk boys track team won the OK Bronze Championship last Friday. Courtesy photo.

The Red Hawk boys track team won the OK Bronze Championship last Friday. Courtesy photo.

The Cedar Springs Red Hawks boys track and field team took home the 2015 OK Bronze Conference Championship last week. After securing a number one seed during the dual season by going 5-0, the Hawks defeated the league last Friday at Forest Hills Northern. Final scoring was: Cedar Springs 130.50, Greenville 105.50, FHN 80.75, FHE 80.25, Northview 76 and Wyoming 50. This is their fifth conference title since 2000.

Leading the way for the Hawks was senior Austin Sargent, with a first in the 1600m, 800m, and 3200m runs, and he anchored the winning 4x800m relay team. The other three members of the relay team included senior Justin Jones and juniors Remington Sawade and Brandon Harthorn. Senior MavRick Cotten won both hurdle events, while Sawade was champion in the pole vault.

Earning All-Conference were: Sargent, Cotten, Jones, Sawade, Harthorn and sophomore hurdler Alex Douglas.

Other teammates that captured necessary points were Caden Burrows and Jaron Spencer in the shot put; Mike VanAssen and Brandon Sawade in the pole vault; Nikc Jackson and Taylor VanDyke in the high jump; Dallas Mora in the 3200m run; Jones in the 800m run; Cotten in the long jump; Douglas in both hurdle events; the 4x200m relay team of Jacob Hooker, Paul Mead, Lane Gott and John Todd; the 4x100m relay team of Gott, Austin Basso, Todd and Cotton; and the 4x400m relay team of Gott, Todd, R. Sawade and Jones.

“We struggled out of the gate in the field events. That is typically an area that we are strong at,” commented Coach Jeff Myers. “We didn’t earn the places and points that we expected. Yet, we didn’t panic, and got after it in the hurdles, relays and distance events. Many athletes set personal bests in 14 of the 17 events. All four relays ran their best times of the year.That’s what we focus on here, ‘What can we do to better the team?’ We don’t worry about what the competition is trying to do,” he added.

This week, the Hawks host the JV Conference meet before heading to GR Houseman Field and competing at the MHSAA regional meet.

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Boys track off to a 4-0 start

Aaron Brooks and Connor Mora in the 800 meter run. Photo by R. Klompstra.

The Red Hawk Varsity boys track and field team are off to an impressive start to the season, as they competed in and won two double dual meets before spring break. On March 26, they began the season at Greenville. They competed against the Yellow Jackets and Knights from Kenowa Hills. They defeated Greenville 85-52 and Kenowa Hills 76-61.

Leading the way for the Hawks was returning all-state distance runner Connor Mora. Connor led the 3200m relay team to victory with Ethan Menefee, Austin Sargent and Aaron Brooks. Mora also won the 1600m and 800m runs. Junior Aaron Dault also was impressive as he won the high jump (tie with senior Nate Jones), long jump, 110m high hurdles and 300m low hurdles. Senior and discus state qualifier Derek Ash won the shot put and discus events.

Next, the Hawks hosted their first home meet of the season versus Muskegon Mona Shores and Muskegon Oakridge. The Hawks handed Mona Shores a 99-38 defeat, while the Eagles from Oakridge were beaten 77-60.

Dault remained undefeated in both hurdle events. Mora won the 3200m relay along with the 1600m and 800m runs and the 400m dash. The 800m relay of Blake Willett, Brandon Sipka, Tyler Hindenach and Mathias Mair won a controversial race. Tyler Hindenach defeated all others in the pole vault. Derek Ash won the discus event, while senior Rylan Ash beat all others in the shot put. Finally, senior Aaron Brooks was victorious an impressive early season time in the 3200m run.

“As impressive as those four victories were, we cannot be satisfied. We will have our work cut out for us this season, our last, in the OK Blue. We have to effectively utilize our time at practice and in the weight-room if we have any hopes of retaining our two year run as conference champs. Forest Hills Northern, Sparta, West Catholic and Coopersville will each provide difficult match-ups this season,” stated Coach Myers.

The Hawks begin their conference title defense on Tuesday as they host West Catholic and Belding. They then travel to Coopersville on Saturday to compete at the annual Bronco Classic Invitational.


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