Sparta girls keep track dual win streak intact
April 28th, 2009
4 p.m.

Sparta High School
Sparta, MI


Sparta girls keep track dual win streak intact

Cris Greer | The Grand Rapids Press, April 28, 2009 10:11 p.m.
SPARTA — The Sparta girls track team kept its lengthy string of consecutive dual wins alive and took the O-K Blue lead with a 74-63 victory against rival West Catholic on Tuesday.

The Spartans girls have not lost a dual meet in five years, according to athletic director Joe Droski, who said their last loss was against East Grand Rapids.

“That was a big dual for us; that was a war,” said Sparta girls coach Adam Pfeffer, whose team improved to 5-0 in the conference. “We had a lot of great things happen like winning every relay. We had some kids step up big-time.

“We knew it was going to be close. Different things happened; we didn’t get points in the high jump that I thought we’d get, but then we got points in the relays that I didn’t think we were going to win. It just worked out.

“That last race was unbelievable (1,600-meter relay). Andrea Kober was outstanding; she’s a keeper.”

Kober also won the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 46.56 seconds and the 100 hurdles (16.92), and was on the winning 800 relay team with Halley Love, Lydia Reyburn and Kelsey Blystone, as well as the 1,600 relay (Paige Urlaub, Samantha Pfeffer and Chelsea Andrews).

Blystone won the 100 and 200 dashes and anchored two relay victories.

“Her winning that 400-meter relay was huge right at the end there,” Pfeffer said. “That probably made the difference in the meet, and the (1,600) relay, too. I didn’t think we could touch them on those two relays.

“It was a good meet back and forth. Both teams ran their guts out trying to do the best they can, and it came down to a few minor things and we had the luck our way.”

West Catholic dropped to 5-1 in the conference.

The West Catholic boys edged Sparta 69-68, which was the Spartans’ second loss by that score this season. The Falcons and Spartans both lost 69-68 to Cedar Springs earlier.

“We lost a real tough one last week by the same score, so it was nice to win this one,” said West Catholic boys coach Tim Kohane, whose team improved to 5-1 in the league. “A win is a win. We don’t care if it’s by one or 50. It was just an amazing meet.

“Our field events didn’t do bad, but Sparta seemed to have their personal bests in five out of the five field events, and that really set us back early. I give my kids a lot of credit because they just never gave up because there were times it looked pretty (gloomy).”

Sparta’s Josh Patterson won the high jump (6 feet) and pole vault (13-6), and teammate Cody Chamberlain took first in the shot put (45-9 1/4) and discus (124).

The Falcons’ Dustin Pawloski won the 110 hurdles (16.62) and the 300 hurdles (43.32), and teammates Joe Slomski took the 100 dash (11.88) and Nick Ford won the 200 (23.66).

“It was topsy-turvy all night,” Kohane said. “The team came together as a group today. I think we have a little bit more team unity than we’ve had before, and hopefully we can build off that a little bit, too.”

West Catholic’s Antonio Schafer, last fall’s Division 3 cross country state champion, won the 1,600-meter run (4:43.06) and 3,200 run (10:14.92).

Sparta dropped to 3-2. Cedar Springs leads the O-K Blue at 5-0.

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