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State-title relay team powers Whitehall boys to third-place finish at Division 2 finals

Vikings’ 4×200 relay quartet sets school record in the process.

Whitehall’s boys 4×200-meter relay team of Nate Bolley, Lukas Palmer, Trannon Aylor and Malcolm Earvin won a championship in the 2022 MHSAA Division 2 track and field state finals Saturday, June 4, 2022, at Forest Hills Eastern High School. The quartet’s time of 1:29.73 is a school record. (Courtesy of Whitehall track)

Whitehall’s boys track and field team placed second in the MITCA meet last weekend.

In Saturday’s MHSAA Division 2 state finals at Forest Hills Eastern High School, the Vikings tied for third as a team on the strength of the 4×200-meter relay’s first-place finish.

Whitehall finished with 31 points to tie Allendale for third. Berrien Springs won the team title with 41 points, followed by Forest Hills Eastern with 33.

Whitehall juniors Nate Bolley and Lukas Palmer, along with sophomores Trannon Aylor and Malcolm Earvin, edged Detroit Martin Luther King for the state title in the 4×200 with a school-record time of 1:29.73. King finished in 1:29.78.

Aylor was runner-up in the 400 (school-record time of 49.39), while the 4×400 relay team of Bolley, Aylor, Earvin and senior Riley Buys also placed second. Junior David Conrad was fourth in pole vault.

On the girls side, Whitehall junior Maelie Hope earned all-state honors in shot put and discus. She was third in shot put and eighth in discus.

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