Viking girls take aim at Silver track title after big 79-58 win
The Hopkins girls’ track team will head into the O-K Silver Conference meet at Calvin Christian Thursday and Friday in the driver’s seat for the league title.
The Viking girls remained unbeaten on the season in dual meets by downing Grandville Calvin Christian 79-58 Tuesday afternoon to improve their record to 6-0. The boys’ track team scored a big 70-67 dual meet victory Tuesday afternoon over host Calvin Christian in an O-K Silver Conference dual meet and beat North Pointe Christian 99-34, even though the Vikings bested the Mustangs in a double dual last month, as did the girls.
The guys sport a 4-1-1 dual meet record, but will have to try to catch Kelloggsville.
The Hopkins girls last year lost a tight league dual meet to Allendale, but came back to win the league meet. They then captured the Division 3 regional championship to earn the right to compete in the state team track meet. So this year is only a little different for coach Molly Millar's group.
The Viking girls dominated the sprint relays again, winning the 800 and the 400.
Karisa Boerman, Julia Forbes, Callie Brower and Nicole Pavlak hooked up to win the 400 in 51.65 seconds. The 800 relay team won with Forbes, Autumn Molette, Boerman and Pavlak in 1:52.78. The 1600 relay quartet won with Katie Stein, Sammy Miedema, Forbes and Kennedy Miedema in 4:14.94.
While Samantha Miedema won the 100-meter hurdles in 18.78 seconds and the 300 hurdles in 51.48 seconds, her sister Kennedy took the open 400 with a time of 63.55 seconds.
Brower made big news on the day by clearing 5-1 to win the high jump. She also took the long jump at 15-9.25 and Autumn Molette won the pole vault at 7-6.
Weber ran a fine 1600-meter race in 5:38.4, but had to settle for second place. She won the 3200, however, with a time of 12:13.31.
Forbes and Pavlak went 2-3 in the 100-meter dash. Pavlak came back to take the 200 in 27.64 and Brower and Boerman went 2-3 to make that event a sweep.
For the guys, Zach Joostberns and Quincy Collings went 1-3 in the 100. Kyle VanderSyde and Nick Caywood went 1-2 in the 110-meter hurdles at 16.32 and 16.7 seconds, respectively. Joostberns also came back to win the 200 in 24.08 seconds and Caywood won the 300 hurdles in 42.82 seconds.
Also winning were the 400 relay with Joostberns, Loren Forbes, Cody Burch and Caywood in 46.37 seconds and the 800 relay with Joostberns, Forbes, Blaine Merren and Anthony Steffens in 1:36.97.
Though he didn't win the event, John Wamhoff turned his best time of the season in the 3200 at 10:23.05.
In field events, Cody Burch came through with a first in the pole vault at 11-0, Quincy Collings went 5-10 to win the high jump and Wyatt Frank took the discus at an even 100 feet.
PHOTO: The guess here is that this is Nicole Pavlak handing the baton to Callie Brower in a spring relay. Right or wrong, night or day?