Hopkins boys claim regional track crown

Walt Kaechele

The Viking boys’ track and field team established a new milestone at the conclusion of the Satur­day, May 16, regional track competition by winning their first-ever team championship.
Viking coach James Kiss said, “We had a lot of athletes step up big-time. We thought we had an outside chance of taking the team title because our kids have been stepping up to the challenge each week.
“We knew West Catholic was a perennial power and there were some other good teams out there this year in Saranac, Pewamo-Westphalia and Ravenna so I was not expecting to be taking as many athletes as we are to the MHSAA finals (Saturday, May 30).
“I was very impressed by the confidence and effort all our athletes put forth in the regional.”
Both teams put forth some maximum effort and it paid off with big numbers going to the state meet.
The boys’ team produced three event champions and qualified eight to earn first with 98 points. This was better than G.R. Christian’s 92, Ravenna’s 82 and Saranac’s 79.
Quincy Collings won two titles: the long jump of 21’5”, which established a new school record, and his specialty, the high jump at 6’4”.
Anthony Steffens won the 200 sprint in a time of 23.44 and was part of the 400-m relay team of Spencer Timm, Nik Schoonveld, Quincy Collings and Steffens (45.20) and the 800-m relay team of Timm, Wyatt Stegeman, Collings and Steffens 1:33.98.
The girls’ team finished fourth, but still came away with two champions and qualified seven individuals.
Julie Forbes won the long jump with a leap of 16’4.75” and Kennedy Miedema won the 300-m low hurdles in 48.93

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