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Hart girls, Whitehall boys reign as West Michigan Conference champs (photos, video, more)

Pirates girls hold off Whitehall and Montague; Vikings boys run away from the field.

Photos by Scott DeCamp | CatchMark

SCOTTVILLE — The outcome was no surprise in Tuesday’s West Michigan Conference track and field meet at Mason County Central.

In the CatchMark SportsNet Competition of the Week (May 16-21), many people forecast the girls’ championship coming down to three teams and the boys’ title being a no-brainer.

Hart’s girls squad had enough firepower to hold off Whitehall and Montague en route to a first-place finish.

On the boys side, Whitehall was the overwhelming favorite and executed as such. The Vikings won going away.

Editor’s note: Team scores currently posted on Athletic.net are incorrect. CatchMark SportsNet is awaiting the correct team scores.

Photos by Scott DeCamp | CatchMark

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE GIRLS MEET

  • Hart freshman Jessica Jazwinski won three individual events and anchored a first-place relay team. Jazwinski won the 400-meter dash (1:01.34 PR), 800 (2:23.01) and 3200 (11:57.20), plus she ran the final leg on the first-place 4×800 relay (10:23.18).
  • Hart freshman Addi Hovey broke school and meet records in the high jump with a leap of 5 feet, 5 1/2 inches. Hovey also finished fourth in the 100 and 200, and she ran a leg on the Pirates’ runner-up 4×100 relay.
  • Whitehall junior Maelie Hope unleashed a whopping throw of 143 feet, 9 inches in the discus, which according to Athletic.net is the longest in the state this season. The throw shattered her own school record of 129-1, which she established last week, and it’s a conference meet record as well. Hope also won shot put with a heave of 37-0.
  • Montague senior Natalie Erickson showed off her speed yet again with first-place finishes in the 100 (12.40) and 200 (26.11). She also ran anchor legs on the Wildcats’ winning relay teams in the 4×100 (51.51) and 4×200 (1:52.01).
  • Whitehall senior Charley Klint continued her big track season by claiming first place in three events: 100 hurdles (16.71 PR), 300 hurdles (51.22 SR) and pole vault (9-0).

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE BOYS MEET

  • Hart junior Kellen Kimes captured conference titles in shot put and discus. He heaved the shot put 53-10 and followed up by going 159-3 in the discus.
  • Whitehall sophomore Logan Sines was victorious in both hurdles events. He ran a personal-record 15.53 in the 110 hurdles and 42.23 in the 300 hurdles.
  • Whitehall sophomore Trannon Aylor ran a personal-record 51.01 en route to winning the 400, plus he ran legs on first-place 4×200 (1:35.17) and 4×400 (3:34.97) relays.
  • Whitehall junior Andre Richmond dug deep for a first-place finish in the 3200 with a personal-record time of 9:54.43.

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