Photos by Scott DeCamp | CatchMark
MUSKEGON — Based upon her reaction when Abbie Wiegers learned brother Jerry Wiegers had broken the 50-second mark in the 400-meter dash for the first time, she was more excited than him.
In a nutshell, that describes the relationship between the North Muskegon juniors and Norse record-holders. They push and support each other on and off the track. They may push each other harder than they push themselves.
The Wiegers siblings — they also have a triplet named Charlie, whom they’re trying to convince to go out for track — are both school record-holders in the 400. Both won titles in the event in last Saturday’s Division 3 regional at Montague in addition to finishing first in the West Michigan Conference Rivers Division meet May 12 at Holton.
Jerry Wiegers clocked a 49.63-second time in the 400 during Wednesday night’s 44th West Michigan All-Star Invitational at Reeths-Puffer’s Rocket Stadium to re-break his own school record and finish second in the meet. He also placed second in the 200 with a time of 23.20 seconds.
Abbie Wiegers finished second in the 400 Wednesday with a personal-record time of 58.83. She placed fifth in the 200 at 27.22, and she ran a leg on North Muskegon’s eighth-place 4×800 relay (10:24.95).
Both have high hopes for the MHSAA Division 3 state finals meet Saturday, June 3, at Kent City.
Jerry Wiegers is seeded first in the 400 and second in the 200, and he’s the anchor for the Norse’s state finals-qualifying 4×200 relay team.
Abbie Wiegers is seeded fourth in the 400 and 18th in the 200. She’s also slated to run a leg on North Muskegon’s state finals-qualifying 4×800 relay quartet.
Their support of each other and motivation does not end on the track. They aim to put the “student” in student-athlete: Jerry sports a 3.2 GPA and rising, while Abbie’s is 3.0 and climbing.
Watch the video below to hear from the Wiegers siblings and get a glimpse into their chemistry:
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