ORANGE CITY- The MOC-Floyd Valley track and field invitational Tuesday, April 4 was the first official outdoor track meet for Western Christian, but the Wolfpack showed little rust as the girls took their first team title of the season while the boys’ squad finished in second place.
Coach Mark Fenchel was eager to see how his team would do after a fairly successful indoor track season and a week off due to the cancellation of the Unity Christian Early bird.
“It was nice to finally get to an outdoor meet after many competitive practices. Indoor season is fine, but it’s nice to see the whole team and get events started for the year,” Fenchel said. “This meet features some of the top teams in the area and it was nice to compare results for both classes and see where we measure up.”
Western Christian began scoring points in the field events with Cori DeJong winning the high jump and Jessi DeJager coming in right behind her in second place. Ashtyn Veerbeek also grabbed points with a fourth-place toss in the shot put, while Dana Faber took sixth in the discus throw and Avery Van Kley and Kayla Zevenbergen took sixth and eighth, respectively, in the long jump.
There were victories from the sprint medley team, 4×800-meter, 4×200, 4×100 and 4×400 relay teams. Individually, Taylor Rus took second place in the 100-meter dash, Olivia Granstra took third in the 400 run and Mary Van’t Hul won the 800 run. Erika Feenstra took gold in the 200-meter dash and Whitney Minderhoud finished second in the 1500-meter run.
“I believe we scored in every event we entered,” Fenchel said. “Overall, we need to continue to get better from meet to meet. Also, we need to continue to experiment with the lineup of our relays to see how we can minimize times.”
The Wolfpack boys saw similar results, taking second place in the Class B division.
“What a great night to run and have our first meet. We had very good weather and it was just fun to get on the track and see our guys perform,” said Western Christian boys’ coach Travis Kooima.
Like the girls, the boys’ also saw early success in the field events with Caden Fenchel winning the discus throw and the shot put, Ben Gesink claiming second place in the high jump and Colin Westra claiming third place in the high jump.
In the relay events the Wolfpack claimed first in the 4×400-meter relay, second in the distance medley, third in the 4×800-meter relay and third in the sprint medley. Top individual runners include Zach Elbers with a first-place finish in the 1600-meter run, Justin Grevengoed with a third-place finish in the 200-meter dash, Trevin Hulstin and Jon Veldman with third- and fourth-place finishes in the 800-meter run, Nolan Vande Griend with a second-place run in the 400-meter run, Tyson Kooima with a second-place finish in the 100-meter dash with Tristan Hulstein and Zach Elbers going 1-2 in the 3200-meter run.
“We are still experimenting with our sprinting lineup but overall I was pleased with our efforts in the opens and shorter relays. We have some work to do yet, getting in shape and working on exchanges, but we know where we are at now and know what we need to continue to improve,” coach Kooima said.
MOC-Floyd Valley Track and Field Invitational
Girls’ Class A team results:1. Western Christian 148, 2. Unity Christian 115, 3. Spirit Lake 113, 4. Sioux Center 100, 5. MOC-Floyd Valley 52, 6. MOC-Floyd Valley 52, 7. MOC-Floyd Valley JV 25, 7. Storm Lake 22
Boys’ Class B team results:1. Sibley-Ocheyedan 183, 2. Western Christian 142, 3. Okoboji 82, 4. LeMars Gehlen Catholic 80, 5. Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn 57, 6. South O’Brien 38
Individual Wolfpack results
Girls’ shot put:4. Ashtyn Veerbeek 33’1”
Girls’ discus:6. Dana Faber 83’1”
Girls’ long jump:6. Avery Van Kley 13’7”, 8. Kayla Zevenbergen 13’4”
Girls’ high jump:1. Cori DeJong 5’3”, 2. Jesse DeJager 4’10”
Girls’ 100-meter dash:2. Taylor Rus 13.86 seconds, 7. Olivia Granstra 14.4
Girls’ 200-meter dash:1. Erika Feenstra 27.54 seconds, 3. Bailey Nelson 28.72
Girls’ 1500-meter run:2. Whitney Minderhoud 5:33, 6. Emily Haak 5:53
Girls’ 400-meter hurdles:4. Kayla Zevenbergen 1:21
Girls’ 800-meter run:1. Mary Van’t Hul 2:32, 9. Kaysha Steiger 3:00
Girls’ sprint medley:First place 1:59; Participants: Taylor Rus, Cori DeJong, Jessi DeJager
Girls’ 4×100-meter relay:First place 53.18 seconds; Participants: Taylor Rus, Olivia Granstra, Emily Van Ginkel and Erika Feenstra
Girls’ 4×200-meter relay:First place 1:50; Participants: Taylor Rus, Cori DeJong, Emily Van Ginkel, Erika Feenstra
Girls’ 4×400-meter relay:First place 4:21; Participants: Cori DeJong, Jessi DeJager, Emily Van Ginkel, Erika Feenstra
Girls’ 4×800-meter relay:First place 10:14; Participants: Whitney Minderhoud, Ally Postma, Abby Postma, Macay Van’t Hul
Boys’ 100-meter dash:2. Tyson Kooima 11.91 seconds, 4. Justin Grevengoed 12.28
Boys’ 200-meter dash:3. Justin Grevengoed 24.61 seconds, 7. Jackson Johnson 27
Boys’ 400-meter run:2. Nolan Vande Griend 56.92 seconds, 4. Colin Westra 58.35
Boys’ 800-meter run:3. Trevin Hulstein 2:13, 4. Jon Veldman 2:13.41
Boys’ 3200-meter run:1. Tristan Hulstein 10:29, 2. Zach Elbers 10:31
Boys’ 1600-meter run:1. Zach Elbers 4:58, 5. Tristan Hulstein 5:08
Boys’ 4×200-meter relay:Disqualified
Boys’ 4×400-meter relay:First place 3:43; Participants: Justin Grevengoed, Ben Gesink, Jesse Jansma, Cole Zevenbergen
Boys’ 4×800-meter relay:Third 9:08
Boys’ sprint medley:Third 1:43