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Montague girls win thriller, Whitehall boys dominate 2022 Greater Muskegon track meet

Wildcat girls edge rivals on final event of night, while Vikings boys win going away.

Photos by Scott DeCamp | CatchMark

MUSKEGON — Montague’s girls track and field team pulled out the Greater Muskegon Athletic Association title in dramatic fashion. Whitehall’s boys squad left no doubt, dominating from start to finish.

White Lake area pride certainly was on display in the GMAA meet Friday night at Oakridge’s Russell A. Erickson Stadium.

Montague’s girls team edged neighboring rival Whitehall on the final race of a night, a thrilling 4×400-meter relay competition, to give veteran coach Terry Fick his first GMAA title in 25 years at the helm. The Wildcats finished with 117 points, while the Vikings had 115. Mona Shores was a distant third at 75.

On the boys’ side, Whitehall captured its first GMAA title since 2013 by using its superior depth across the board. The Vikings racked up 155 points to win going away. Runner-up Reeths-Puffer had 76 points, while Muskegon was third with 52.

2022 GMAA team scores (Courtesy of Athletic.net)

Montague’s girls team won six events, including three relays (4×100, 4×200, 4×400). Senior Natalie Erickson took first place in the 200-meter dash, anchored winning 4×100 and 4×200 relays and placed second in the 100. Wildcats sophomore Britta Johnson won the 400, ran on the first-winning 4×200 relay and anchored her team’s 4×400 relay that clinched the title.

Whitehall senior Charley Klint won the 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles, and she finished runner-up in pole vault to senior teammate Alyssa Lohman.

In the boys’ meet, Whitehall won four of the five field events and took first place in two of the running events. The Vikings’ depth made all the difference. For example, sophomore Trannon Aylor and junior Nate Bolley finished 1-2 in the 400.

CLICK HERE for complete GMAA results at Athletic.Net.

JON ROMKEMA RECEIVES SERVICE AWARD

Jon Romkema is a very recognizable face in the Muskegon area. If you’ve been to a few high school athletic events, then chances are good you’ve seen him.

On Friday, Romkema was front and center for all to see. The longtime Mercy Health athletic trainer was presented the 2022 GMAA Service Award.

Here is a video with Romkema, along with photos of the ceremony.

Photos by Scott DeCamp | CatchMark

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