Grand day for Grandville in rain-shortened track meet
April 25th, 2009
9:58 p.m.

Grand Rapids Northview High School
Grand Rapids, MI

Final Results

Grand day for Grandville in rain-shortened track meet

Jeff Chaney | The Grand Rapids Press, April 25, 2009 10:47 p.m.
Grandville’s Adam Brown runs to a first-place finish in the 400-meter race in the Big Cat Invitational at Northview on Saturday. – (Press Photo/Paul L. Newby II)
GRAND RAPIDS — The wind and rain did not dampen the Grandville boys and girls track teams’ mood Saturday.

Both won the Big Cat Invitational at Northview High School.

In a meet that was shortened by two events for the boys (3,200 and 1,600 relay) and three events for the girls (3,200, 1,600 relay and the pole vault), Grandville’s boys edged runner-up Catholic Central 91-87 and the Bulldogs girls ran away from runner-up Sparta 149-84.

“We had a pretty good day,” Grandville boys coach Spencer Dolloff said. “I’ve got a weird team in that I have three studs in Ethan Dennis, Carlos Clay and Adam Brown, and then a lot of inexperienced guys that are filling in the gaps well.”

Grandville’s three studs all had big days Saturday.

Clay set a school record in the long jump with a leap of 22 feet, 8 inches, and also won the 100 dash in 11.72 seconds. Dennis won the shot put and discus with throws of 48-11 and 136 feet, respectively, and Brown won the 200 and 400 in times of 23.57 and 51.22 seconds, respectively.

The Bulldogs also won the 800 relay with a time of 1:33.50.

The Grandville girls team also had some star power on display.

In field events, Lindsey Karpowicz won the shot put and discus with throws of 36-5 and 133-6 respectively and helped the Bulldogs get off to a fast start.

Jessica Myers, Danielle Tepper and Rachael Steil took over in the running events.

Myers won the 200 and 400 with times of 27.20 and 1:03.50, and was a member of the Bulldogs’ winning 800 relay team.

Tepper won the 1,600 in 5:16.85 and was part of Grandville’s winning 3,200 relay team, and Steil also was on the 3,200 relay team and won the 800 in 2:24.28.

The Bulldogs also won the 400 relay in 52.70.

“We are heading into the homestretch (of the season), and the nice thing about this meet is that it has good competition and it was good for the girls to get out of (O-K Red competition),” Grandville girls coach Lindsay Lohner said. “As a team, we don’t put up first places in every event, but we do pick up firsts all through the meet. We are pretty well covered in just about every event.”

The win completed a big week for the girls team, which defeated Hudsonville and West Ottawa, and faces big meets in the next week against Grand Haven and Rockford.

“It has been a big week for us,” Myers said. “Our coaches really push us, and our seniors and captains motivate us to do really well and we’re doing that.”

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