PRs get TK ladies to third-place finish in Gold The sun finally came out and the Thornapple Kellogg varsity girls' track and field team broke out many of its best runs, jumps and throws of the spring. Thursday and Friday at Forest Hills Eastern High School. The TK ladies set 18 new personal records on their way to a third-place finish in the OK Gold Conference Championship, their best conference finish since the most recent realignment of the OK Conferences.
“We were blessed with great nights for running and jumping. The girls came out and left everything on the field,” TK head coach Maggie Wilkinson said.
Trojans won two individual events in the girls' meet. Claudia Wilkinson, a junior, cleared the bar at 5 feet 2 inches to win the high jump. Senior Kaylee Spencer set a new personal record in finishing the 100-meter dash in 12.59. Both girls earned all-conference honors for their victories.
Claudia Wilkinson also placed fourth in both hurdle events. She set a new personal record to finish fourth in the 100-meter hurdles in 16.76. She finished the 300-meter low hurdles in 51.56. Kylie Smith and Trysta Hilton were both in the top eight in both hurdles races as well, with Smith setting new personal record with a fifth-place time of 17.55 in the 100 hurdles and 51.56 in the 300 hurdles. Hilton set a new PR in an eight-place finish (52.82) in the 300 hurdles and also placed sixth in the 100 hurdles.
TK also had three girls in the top six in the pole vault, a group led by Paige Zellmer who was third at 9-0. Liberty Tetzlaff cleared 8-0 to place fifth and Stephanie Pitsch placed sixth at 7-6.
Sophomore Dalace Jousma led the TK ladies in the throwing event, placing sixth in the discus (78-0) and eighth in the shot put (27-9.5).
The TK 4x400-meter relay team of Jacklyn Morgan, Pitsch, Wilkinson and Kendall Snyder placed third in 4:24.54 and the team of Snyder, Maddie Butler, Georgia Kaboos and Jessica Durkee placed third in the 3x800-meter relay with a time of 10:22.13.
The Trojans also got personal records in top eight performances from Ellena Keener in the long jump (sixth, 14-9.5), Audrey Meyering in the 3200-meter run (seventh, 12:25.66), Kaboos in the 800 (seventh, 2:34.71), Morgan in the 400-meter run (fourth, 1:02.32) and Aubrey Shepherd in the 100-meter dash (eighth, 13.5).
The East Grand Rapids girls won the meet with a total score of 204 points, ahead of Forest Hills Eastern 146, TK 84.5, Wayland 74, Grand Rapids Christian 54, South Christian 35 and Wyoming 31.5.
The boys' title went to Grand Rapids Christian that won Friday with 148.5 points. East Grand Rapids was second with 109 points, ahead of Wayland 102, Wyoming 98, Forest Hills Eastern 76.5, South Christian 71 and Thornapple Kellogg 26.
Wayland junior Corrina Course and East Grand Rapids sophomore Hannah Bodine were the two girls to win multiple individual events. Course took the 200-meter dash in 26.94 seconds and won the two hurdles races, finishing the 100-meter hurdles in 15.25 and the 300-meter low hurdles in 47.28. Bodine took the 400-meter dash in 1:00.33 and the 800-meter run in 2:16.57.
The East Grand Rapids girls won all four of the relay races. Bodine was a part of the 4x400-meter and 4x800-meter wins.
East Grand Rapids' Evan Bishop was the only guy to win multiple individual events, taking the 1600-meter run in 4:29.13 and the 3200-meter run in 9:39.01.
The top finish for the TK boys came from sophomore Cole Shoobridge who was the runner-up in the high jump at 5-10.
Trojan senior Jordon Roobol was fifth in the 400-meter run for TK in 53.86 and sixth in the 200-meter dash in 23.92.
TK had two seniors in the top eight in the shot put with Conroy Stolsonburg fourth at 40-9.5 and Michael Moore eighth at 37-9.
Nick Bushman, a junior, was eighth for the TK boys in the 3200-meter run in 10:42.70.