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Meet finalists for 2022 VanDyk Mortgage West Michigan Conference girls track athletes of year

Fan voting opens at 6 a.m. Friday, June 17.

The West Michigan Conference enhanced its championship pedigree in girls track and field this spring.

Hart cruised to its second team state championship in Division 3, while other squads in the conference earned state titles in specific events in addition to those who secured all-state status.

At this time, CatchMark is ready to highlight a few of the top performers from the league for girls track and field.

A CatchMark panel consisting of Scott DeCamp, Brent Raeth and Conner Raeth has come to a consensus on three finalists for the 2022 VanDyk Mortgage West Michigan Conference girls track and field Athlete of the Year award. After some deliberation, the finalists have been determined: Hart’s Audrianna Enns and Jessica Jazwinski, along with Montague’s Natalie Erickson.

Several factors helped determine the finalists, including season statistics, all-around contributions, team success and other intangibles.

Friday morning (June 17), a poll will open and readers will vote to determine which of the aforementioned athletes wins the award. Readers will be allowed to vote once per hour until the poll closes at 3 p.m. Tuesday, June 21.

The West Michigan Conference Player of the Year banquet for 2022 spring sports will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 30, at the Viking Athletic Center in Whitehall.

Here are capsules on each of the Athlete of the Year finalists for girls track and field:

Hart’s Audrianna Enns competes in the 800-meter run during the 43rd West Michigan Invitational Track Meet Wednesday, May 25, 2022, in Muskegon, Mich. (Scott DeCamp | CatchMark)

AUDRIANNA ENNS

Hart senior distance runner

  • Key member of Hart’s Division 3 team state championship track and field team.
  • Division 3 state runner-up in the 1600-meter run with a personal-record time of 4:56.71.
  • Member of Hart’s back-to-back state championship 4×800-meter relay team (9:30.18).
  • Fourth place at the state finals in the 800-meter run (2:17.79).
  • Ran a leg on Hart’s all-state 4×400-meter relay quartet, which finished seventh (4:16.35).
  • West Michigan Conference champ in multiple events in her career.
  • Also a standout on Hart’s cross country state championship teams. In the fall, she was a finalist for the VanDyk Mortgage West Michigan Conference cross country runner of the year award.
  • Signed to run cross country and track at Cedarville University.
Montague’s Natalie Erickson runs the anchor leg on the Wildcats’ state championship 4×200-meter relay team during the MHSAA Division 3 track and field state finals Saturday, June 4, 2022, at Kent City High School. (Scott DeCamp | CatchMark)

NATALIE ERICKSON

Montague senior sprinter

  • Anchor for Montague’s state championship 4×200- and 4×400-meter relay teams at the Division 3 finals, groups that turned in times of 1:47.10 and a school-record 50.24, respectively.
  • Earned all-state accolades with a fourth-place finish in the 200-meter dash (25.94) at the Division 3 state finals
  • Posted a sixth-place finish in the 100-meter dash (12.89) at the Division 3 state finals.
  • West Michigan Conference and GMAA champion in multiple events.
  • Montague won GMAA and Division 3 regional titles as a team and Erickson was a big reason for it.
  • Headed to Muskegon Community College, where she intends on running track.
Hart’s Jessica Jazwinski competes during the MHSAA Division 3 track and field state finals Saturday, June 4, 2022, at Kent City High School. (Scott DeCamp | CatchMark)

JESSICA JAZWINSKI

Hart freshman distance runner

  • Key member of Hart’s Division 3 team state championship track and field team.
  • Division 3 state runner-up in the 3200-meter run (10:48.07).
  • Member of Hart’s state championship 4×800-meter relay team (9:30.18).
  • Third at the state finals in the 800-meter run (2:16.42).
  • Fourth in the 1600-meter run (4:58.11) at the state finals.
  • West Michigan Conference champ in multiple events.
  • Also a standout on Hart’s cross country state championship teams. In the fall, she was a finalist for the VanDyk Mortgage West Michigan Conference cross country runner of the year award.

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2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Danny Eckert

    June 16, 2022 at 4:49 pm

    The part not mentioned about Jessie is she ran 2 – 800, 1600 and 3200. I think the girl to do that and place in every event.
    The best part is after finishing third in the 800 in less than 30 minutes she came back and ran the 3200 which she placed 2nd.
    Jessie scored the most points for Hart’s state championship team.
    The three young ladies did an outstanding job all season long.When you take in consideration what Jessie accomplished at the state meet as a freshman would win my vote.

    • Scott DeCamp

      June 16, 2022 at 4:52 pm

      That’s a great point about running all of those races in one day — actually, in a short span of hours/minutes. That’s got to be extremely grueling and makes those achievements all the more impressive. Thanks for your comments!

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