The Jayhawk Track Teams were in action for the NJCAA Regional at the Dick Small Memorial hosted by Defiance College in Ohio.
The men’s team showed up ready to compete. Nic Ruvacalba (Lakeview HS) set the bar in pole vault at 3.70m earning him a second place finish. He also had strong performances in the 60m and 200m runs with a second and third place finish respectively. Ben DeVries ( Fremont HS) took second in the mile and Jake Phillips (Grand Haven HS) took third. Ryan Bytwerk (Fruitport HS) won the meet in the long jump with a leap of 6.37m. Noah Hendricks (Fruitport HS) took second in the 800m with a time of 2:00.80 which is 2 seconds shy of qualifing standards. Derek Monje (Fruitport HS) took third in the shot put with a mark of 11.46m. Mitchell Johnson (Fruitport HS) took second in the 3000m with a time of 9:41.01.
For the women’s team Bekah VanDeWeg (Spring Lake HS) is currently ranked 4th in the nation in the pentathlon with an official score of 2595. Her score should keep her in the top 16 to join Grace Sweet (Reeths-Puffer HS) at Nationals. She also could qualify in the 60mh and the high jump. Haylee Ray (Grand Haven HS), Sweet, Hannah Heitzleman (Cedar Springs HS) and Maddy Windberg (Spring Lake HS) took second in the DMR Thursday night and then came back to take second in the 4x400m Friday night. Sweet, Ray and Windberg came in 2nd, 3rd and 5th respectively in the 800m run as well.
The Jayhawks will be back in action this coming Friday at GVSU with hopes of adding to the roster for Indoor Nationals.