Nighthawks show off their depth at Wildcat Relays

INWOOD-Despite the fact Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley was the largest team at the West Lyon Wildcat Relays Thursday, the Nighthawks saw a lot of improvement in throws and times during the day that resulted in the girls and boys each taking home team titles.

The Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley girls, who are ranked fifth in the state, finished the night in first place with 222 points, scoring in every event entered. Host West Lyon was the second-place team with 126 points.

Coach Wade Vander Maten said the depth of his team came through.

“I think that is a strength of our team. We have a lot of solid sprinters. We have a lot of solid long-distance runners. So we can fill up a lot of events. It was fun to see a lot of girls compete,” he said.

The Nighthawks continued to show consistency in the field events. Cassie Van Beek and Kaitlyn Vander Zwaag went first and third in the shot put, along with second- and third-place finishes in the discus throw. In the long jump, Brittany Rus and Charli Bomgaars took gold and silver, with Van Beek and Nilles taking gold and silver in the high jump.

“Cassie jumped 5’5” and that was her personal best. And Vander Zwaag almost got 100 feet in the discus. So we’re just seeing things get better in those areas and I think that will be a strength for us all year,” Vander Maten said.

The highlight of the track was Nilles and Morgan Van Der Brink taking first and second in the 400-meter dash. Nilles ran it in 1:04 and Van Der Brink ran it in 1:07

“Those girls ran really well. Mallory ran her personal best and Morgan did as well. To see them go out and compete in a tough race like that was good,” Vander Maten said.

Other top running events came in the 100-meter dash as Lona Hoogeveen took first place. In the 100-meter hurdles Kylie Vermeer and Brooke Zylstra went first and third with Zylstra and Hailey Gorter going second and fourth in the 400-meter hurdles. Adding to those points were third- and fourth-place finishes in the 200-meter dash by Kenzie Zomer and Sydney Damstra. Finally, Nilles and Sammy Blum went third and fourth in the 800-meter run.

The Nighthawks also showed off depth in the relay events, winning the 4×100, 4×200, 4×400, 4×800 and the sprint medley relays. The shuttle hurdle relay finishes second with the distance medley relay finishing third.

“In the relays we saw times continue to go down and that’s exciting as we continue on to conference and districts in the next couple of weeks,” Vander Maten said.

The Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley boys had a similar night, also taking first place by scoring 186 points. West Lyon was the second-place team with 146 points. The 25th-ranked Nighthawks began the meet in the field events with Brandon Roemeling winning the discus throw with a toss of 140’6” and Jacob Schafer winning the high jump with a leap of 5’10”. Eric Salazar added to those points with a third-place leap of 5’8”.

On the track, Cody Post took second place in the 100-meter dash, Billy Rankin took gold in the 400-meter dash, Sam TeSlaa and Spencer Te Slaa second and third in the 800-meter run, with Logan Moore and Caleb Westra going first and second in the 1600-meter run. In the relays, Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley won the 4×100, 4×200, 4×400, 4×800 and the sprint medley relays. The shuttle hurdle finished second and the distance medley relay finished third.

“I don’t ever recall going to West Lyon and the weather turned out to be a lot better than you were expecting, but that certainly was the case Thursday,” said Nighthawk boys’ coach Brian Moser. “We had a number of outstanding performances including the 4×100 and 4×200, Billy Rankin in the 400 and Brandon Roemeling in the discus. Overall, we were extremely pleased with our efforts.”

The West Lyon Wildcat relays

Girls’ team results:1. Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley 222, 2. West Lyon 126, 3. Central Lyon 124, 4. West Sioux 50, 5. Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley JV 22

Boys’ team results:1. Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley 186, 2. West Lyon 146, 3. Central Lyon 126, 4. West Sioux 48, 5. Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley JV 30

Individual Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley results

Girls’ shot put:1. Cassie Van Beek 37’, 3. Kaitlyn Vander Zwaag 33’5”

Girls’ discus:2. Cassie Van Beek 102’4”, 3. Kaitlyn Vander Zwaag 99’1”

Girls’ long jump:1. Brittany Rus 14’7”, 2. Charli Bomgaars 14’6”

Girls’ high jump:1. Cassie Van Beek 5’5”, 2. Mallory Nilles 4’10”

Girls’ 100-meter dash:1. Lona Hoogeveen 13.56 seconds, 5. Charli Bomgaars 14.33

Girls’ 200-meter dash:3. Kenzie Zomer 29.45 seconds, 4. Sydney Damstra 29.76

Girls’ 400-meter dash:1. Mallory Nilles 1:04, 2. Morgan Van Der Brink 1:07

Girls’ 800-meter run:3. Mallory Nilles 2:40, 4. Sammy Blum 2:41

Girls’ 1500-meter run:4. Emily DeRuyter 6:00

Girls’ 3000-meter run:1. Emily DeRuyter 13:11, 3. Kiley Iverson 14:25

Girls’ 100-meter hurdles:1. Kylie Vermeer 17.36 seconds, 3. Brooke Zylstra 18.07

Girls’ 400-meter hurdles:2. Brooke Zylstra 1:15, 4. Hailey Gorter 1:18

Girls’ 4×100-meter relay:First place 52.94 seconds

Girls’ 4×200-meter relay:First place 1:33

Girls’ 4×400-meter relay:First place 3:38

Girls’ 4×800-meter relay:First place 8:49

Girls’ sprint medley relay:First place 1:39

Girls’ distance medley relay:Third place 4:04

Girls’ shuttle hurdle relay:Second place 1:14

Boys’ shot put:5. Seth Rozeboom 41’2.5”

Boys’ discus:1. Brandon Roemeling 140’6”

Boys’ long jump:2. JT Van’t Hul 18’6.75”, 5. Keaton Moser 17’11.5”

Boys’ high jump:1. Jacob Schafer 5’10”, 3. Eric Salazar 5’8”

Boys’ 100-meter dash:2. Cody Post 11.41 seconds

Boys’ 200-meter dash:4. Riley Teunissen 24.21 seconds

Boys’ 400-meter dash:1. Billy Rankin 51.56 seconds, 4. Logan Block 1:01

Boys’ 800-meter run:2. Sam Te Slaa 2:16, 3. Spencer Te Slaa 2:10

Boys’ 1600-meter run:1. Logan Moore 5:12, 2. Caleb Westra 5:12

Boys’ 4×100-meter relay:First place 44.18 seconds

Boys’ 4×200-meter relay:First place 1:33

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

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

Boys’ sprint medley relay:First place 1:39

Boys’ distance medley relay:Third place 4:04

Boys’ shuttle hurdle relay:Second place 1:04

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