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Dux News · Kraft and Smith Earn All-State Honors, Lady Dux Track and Field Finishes Strong at MHSAA State Finals


The Zeeland West girl’s track and field team finished their season strong on Saturday at the MHSAA state finals held at Zeeland Stadium. Junior Olivia Kraft finished in 7th place in the discus with a throw of 122’8″ while Josie Smith finished 8th in the pole vault with a vault of 10’6″. Both Josie and Olivia earned All-State honors for the first time in their track and field careers. 

Other athletes competing well for the Lady Dux were the 4 x 800 relay team of Morgan Overweg, Brinley Schenk, Avery Schenk, and Olivia Weenum finishing 9th with a time of 9:44.35 which was less than a second from earning All-State honors. Julia Babinec finished in 12th in the 100 hurdles just off a PR time with a 15.82 and in the 3200 Brinley Schenk finished 12th with a PR time of 11:37.64.

The track programs would like to thank the entire community of Zeeland, Mr. Werley, Mr. Ritsema, the Athletic Boosters, and the many volunteers who put in so much time and energy to make this a well run and successful meet. The number of compliments about our facilities, our athletes, our volunteers, and our community is what makes this community a great place to work and live. Well done Zeeland! 

Once again, thank you to the following six seniors who helped the Lady Dux track and field program win the school’s first ever girl’s conference championship and team state championship during their four years here. More than anything, we thank you for representing yourselves, family, and community in such a positive manner over the past four years. We wish you all the best in your next endeavors! 

2016 Seniors

-Lexi Bailey

-Morgan Overweg

-Brynne Pieters

-Diana Sias

-Josie Smith

-Kaela Viening