The Zeeland West Boys Track and Field team had a day of season records at the OK Green Conference Championships. The team finished second in the meet retaining their position from the regular conference season. John Garnsey earned all conference honors with a 1st place performance (13’6″) in the pole vault. Jayk Slager continued his success in the throws (51’6″ in the shot and 160’5″ in the disc) to also earn all conference honors. Both John and Jayk have be consistent in their state level performances all season. Rounding out all conference performances was the team that saved the best for last. The 4 x 400 relay team of Nate Kuiper, Gabe Harris, Dylan Mulder, and Badr Semia blazed around the track under the lights in the last event of the evening to set a state leading time (3:26.58) in the event.
These results were complemented by excellent improved performances in the sprint relays. The 4 x 100 relay team (Kuiper, Semia, Chase Peddie, and Hunter Anderson) finished second behind a strong Byron Center performance to carve out a top 8 state level performance (44.34) in the event. The 4 x 200 relay team (Daniel Quintanilla, Semia, Kuiper, and Anderson) also finished 2nd in a top 5 state level performance (1:31.41).
Hunter Anderson lead the way in the sprints with a 4th place performance (11.38) in the 100m and a 5th place performance (23.65) in the 200m. These performances along with contributions in the sprint relays combined for one of the best individual performances on the day. Dylan Mulder placed 6th in the 400m and River Foco ran strong to a personal best time in the 800m (2:08.81)
The distance events delivered some of the best individual improvements of the season. Matt Converse (4:32.9 (3rd)), Bryce Arredondo (4:37.37 (6th)), Eric TerHaar (4:44.04) and Austin Soeters (5:00.49) all ran the fastest miles of their careers in the event. Their success continued later in the night in the 3200 with four more career best times (Converse (10:10.3 (5th)) Arredondo (10:10.48 (6th)) TerHaar (10:27.22) and Soeters (10:37.57). These were excellent dual performances by these men.
The field events had the DUX moving their marks and improving for the season. Connor Chupailo had a tremendous day as he improved his shot performance 2.5 feet (45’8″) with a series of consistent throws. Tanner Thompson stepped up and improved his shot to 38’6.5″. In the disc Travis Tolsma picked a good night to set a career personal best throw of (140’3″). In the long jump, Daniel Quintanilla (20’4″ (4th)) and Chase Peddie (20’1″ (5th)) saved their best jumps of the night for the end of the event as both jumpers cleared the 20′ barrier for the 1st time in their careers.
Congratulations on a solid team performance during the conference season and during the conference championship! Lets get after it at regionals, and the team state championships. GO DUX!!