Nighthawks prep for state qualifying at West Lyon

INWOOD-The West Lyon Booster Club Relays Monday, May 8, was the final meet before the all-important Class 2A state-qualifying meet in Sioux Center Thursday and Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley used it as a chance to give various athletes one final tuneup.

The Nighthawk girls won the meet championship with 152 points as Sheldon claimed second place with 110 points.

“The girls ran really well. Their times just continued to drop and we had some good throws in there too. The girls just keep improving, and it’s just really fun and exciting,” said Boyden-Hull girls’ coach Wade Vander Maten.

The consistency in the field events continued for the Nighthawks with Cassie Van Beek winning the high jump and discus throw on top of a second-place finish in the shot put. Doubling up in the long jump were Charli Bomgaars and Brianna Kleinwolterink. Bomgaars took second place in the event with Kleinwolterink claiming third place.

Those points continued to come in bunches on the track. Lona Hoogeveen took gold in the 100-meter dash with Bomgaars taking fifth place in the same event. Morgan Van Der Brink and Hailey Gorter went second and third in the 400-meter dash and Sammy Blum took silver in the 800-meter run. Other notable finishes came from Sydney Damstra and Kenzie Zomer with fourth- and fifth-place finishes in the 200-meter dash, Brooke Zylstra with a fifth-place spot in the 100-meter hurdles, Emily De Ruyter with a fifth-place finish in the 1500-meter run and a fourth-place spot in the 3200-meter run. Rounding out the scoring were Zylstra and Saddie Ribbens in the 400-meter hurdles. Zylstra picked up a silver medal with Ribbens finishing the race in sixth.

“The strength of our team this year is that we have multiple girls that can run. Whether we double-up in the field events or in the running events, it just brings your point total up that much faster. Definitely been a strength of our team all year,” Vander Maten said.

Another strength has been in the relay events and that consistency continued. The Nighthawks won the 4×100-meter relay and the sprint medley relay, took second place in the 4×400-meter relay and the distance medley relay, third place in the 4×200 and the 4×800, and fourth in the shuttle hurdle.

“I thought our relays ran really well. I think things are coming together there,” Vander Maten said. “Our sprint medley cut off almost 5 seconds and that was just exciting to see. I thought we had some good legs from our 4×200 and our 4×100 and they had their best times too. You just can’t ask for much more coming towards the home stretch of the year.”

Vander Maten added that it was a good meet for the girls.

“The girls ran really well. Their times just continued to drop and we had good throws in there too. The girls just keep improving and it’s just really fun and exciting,” he said.

On the boys’ side Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley found itself in another tight battle with Sheldon for the team title and the Nighthawks came up 2 points short. The Orabs scored 136 team points while the Nighthawks finished with 134 points. However, coach Brian Moser was more concerned about getting various athletes one last chance to hit the track before state qualifying Thursday.

“We didn’t give anyone a full load on Monday, but we did work them in a little bit in preparation for Thursday, “ Moser said.

That said, the Nighthawks still saw good performances throughout the day that started in the field events. Brandon Roemeling took third place in the discus throw, JT Van’t Hul and Keaton Moser went fifth and sixth in the long jump with Eric Salazar rounding out the scoring with a sixth-place spot in the high jump.

On the track, Cody Post and Kaden Willemssen took home gold medals in the 100-meter dash and 110-meter hurdles with Spencer Te Slaa claiming silver in the 800-meter run and Sam Te Slaa taking bronze in the 400-meter dash. Rounding out the individual scoring was a fifth-place finish by Willemssen in the 200-meter dash, Elliot Van Kekerix with a sixth-place finish in the same event, Austin Roemeling with a fourth-place finish in the 800 and Landon Kooiker with a fifth-place finish in the 110-meter hurdles.

Those individual runners also aided the relay events with gold medals in the 4×400 and sprint medley relays on top of silver medals in the 4×100, 4×200, 4×800 and distance medley relay. The final points were scored by the fourth-place shuttle hurdle relay team.

“The big thing we wanted to see was what our distance medley could do and that went well, so now we have another option at the district (state-qualifying) meet,” Moser said.

West Lyon Booster Club Relays

Girls’ team results:1. Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley 152, 2. Sheldon 110, 3. West Lyon 100, 4. Central Lyon 96, 5. Sioux Center 95, 6. George-Little Rock 27

Boys’ team results:1. Sheldon 136, 2. Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley 134, 3. West Lyon 105, 4. Central Lyon 85, 5. Sioux Center 80, 6. George-Little Rock 46

Individual Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley results

Girls’ shot put:2. Cassie Van Beek 36’2.5”, 7. Kaitlyn Vander Zwaag 31’10”

Girls’ discus:1. Cassie Van Beek 133’2”, 8. Kaitlyn Vander Zwaag 93’8”

Girls’ long jump:2. Charli Bomgaars 14’6”, 3. Brianna Kleinwolterink 14’2.75”

Girls’ high jump:1. Cassie Van Beek 133’2”, 8. Kaitlyn Vander Zwaag 93’8”

Girls’ 100-meter dash:1. Lona Hoogeveen 13.44 seconds, 5. Charli Bomgaars 14.3

Girls’ 200-meter dash:4. Sydney Damstra 28.8 seconds, 6. Kenzie Zomer 29.09

Girls’ 400-meter dash:2. Morgan Van Der Brink 1:07, 3. Hailey Gorter 1:09

Girls’ 800-meter run:2. Sammy Blum 2:31

Girls’ 1500-meter run:5. Emily De Ruyter 6:04

Girls’ 3200-meter run:4. Emily De Ruyter 13:32

Girls’ 100-meter hurdles:5. Brooke Zylstra 17.89 seconds, 9. Brianna Kleinwolterink 18.77

Girls’ 400-meter hurdles:2. Brooke Zylstra 1:13, 6. Saddie Ribbens 1:19

Girls’ 4×100-meter relay:First place 52.37 seconds

Girls’ 4×200-meter relay:Third place 1:51

Girls’ 4×400-meter relay:Second place 4:19

Girls’ 4×800-meter relay:Third place 11:29

Girls’ shuttle hurdle relay:Fourth place 1:14

Girls’ sprint medley relay:First place 1:55

Girls’ distance medley:Second place 4:33

Boys’ shot put:9. Seth Rozeboom 38’6”, 10. Brandon Roemeling 36’

Boys’ discus:3. Brandon Roemeling 147’5”, 8. Landon Kooiker 120’9”

Boys’ long jump:5. JT Van’t Hul 17’7”, 6. Keaton Moser 17/5.5”

Boys’ high jump:6. Eric Salazar 5’6”, 7. Josh Heitritter 5’4”

Boys’ 100-meter dash:1. Cody Post 11.87 seconds, 6. Austin Rozeboom 12.5

Boys’ 200-meter dash:5. Kaden Willemssen 25.33 seconds, 6. Elliot Van Kekerix 25.71

Boys’ 400-meter dash:3. Sam Te Slaa 55.84 seconds, 4. Josh Heitritter 56.48

Boys’ 800-meter run:2. Spencer Te Slaa 2:12, 4. Austin Roemelig 2:13

Boys’ 1600-meter run:7. Logan Moore 5:33, 8. Caleb Westra 5:34

Boys’ 3200-meter run:1. Caleb Westra 11:41, 3. Logan Moore 12:04

Boys’ 110-meter hurdles:1. Kaden Willemssen 16.04 seconds, 5. Landon Kooiker 17.87

Boys’ 400-meter hurdles:4. Dylan Harman 1:05

Boys’ 4×100-meter relay:Second place 44.9 seconds

Boys’ 4×200-meter relay:Second place 1:38

Boys’ 4×400-meter relay:First place 3:36

Boys’ 4×800-meter relay:Second place 8:49

Boys’ shuttle hurdle relay:Fourth place 1:04

Boys; sprint medley relay:First place 1:40

Boys’ distance medley relay:Second place 3:43

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