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Magic number is 3: Three-event state champ powers Hart to third straight girls track state title

Junior Addi Hovey wins 100, 200, and high jump championships to power Pirates at MHSAA Division 3 finals.

Hart has had a goal all season of becoming the first squad in MHSAA history to win three straight Division 3 track and field state championships.

Addi Hovey did way more than her part in making that dream a reality.

The uber-athletic junior captured individual state titles in the 100- and 200-meter dashes and defended her crown in high jump to power the Pirates to the top of the pack in Division 3 for a third straight year.

Hart totaled 53 points to easily hold off runner-up Onsted (40) and the rest of the field. Olivet was third (38), followed by Jackson Lumen Christi fourth (34), and Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central fifth (31).

Photos courtesy of Hart track and field

Other West Michigan Conference teams included Manistee tied for 20th (11), North Muskegon tied for 42nd (4), and Ravenna tied for 49th (3).

Hovey sprinted to a personal record in winning the 100, finishing with a time of 12.27 seconds. She won the 200 in 25.60 seconds and became a repeat champion in high jump at 5 feet, 6 inches. Hovey also anchored Hart’s third-place 4×100 relay team that also included Lilly Hopkins, Laura Bitely, and Addison Hain and finished in a time of 50.13 for all-state accolades.

Also standing on the podium for Hart:

  • Senior two-event all-stater Alyson Enns, who placed fifth in the 3200 run with a season-record time of 11:14.98 and sixth in the 1600 (5:09.90).
  • Junior Lilly Hopkins, who tied for seventh in the pole vault with an effort of 9-6.
  • Senior Imogene Brumbaugh, who tied for eighth in high jump with a leap of 5-2.
  • The 4×400 relay team of Hopkins, Bitely, Hain, and LexieBeth Nienhuis, which placed third with a time of 4:11.11.
  • The 4×200 relay team of Hopkins, Bitely, Hain, and Nienhuis, which placed seventh with a time of 1:48.85.

Making Hart’s achievement even more impressive is the fact that 2023 multi-event all-stater and cross country All-American Jessica Jazwinski missed most of the season with illness. Jazwinski did not compete at the 2024 state finals.

With the three consecutive state titles in track and field and the five straight in cross country (2017-2021), Hart’s girls have eight championships in seven school years.

Other all-staters from the West Michigan Conference included the following:

  • Manistee junior Audrey Huizinga in the 400 (third place, 58.82 PR) and 200 (sixth place, 26.73).
  • North Muskegon senior Abbie Wiegers in the 400 (fifth place, 59.07).
  • Ravenna junior Bethany Olthof in the high jump (sixth place, 5-3).
  • Manistee sophomore Madalyn Wayward in the discus (seventh place, 112-4).

CLICK HERE for complete results from the 2024 MHSAA Division 3 girls track and field state finals.

Photos by Christopher Bennett for CatchMark

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