The Muskegon Community College track team competed on Friday and Saturday in the NJCAA Region XII track meet hosted by Davenport University and the men’s team finished as regional champions for the first time in program history, edging out Lansing Community College. The women finished in 3rd place, 8 points behind the 2nd place team.
On Friday the Jayhawks battled the cold and wind but Nic Ruvalcaba (Lakeview HS) was able to finish 1st (and 5th overall) in the pole vault with a vault of 3.98m. Derek Monje (Fruitport HS) rounded out his Jayhawk career by placing first in the region in all the throwing events. Ryan Bytwerk (Fruitport HS) hit three huge pr’s to beat out the Lansing Community College long jumper with a region best leap of 6.77m (5th overall). For the women Bekah VanDeWeg (Spring Lake HS) finished with a 4th place in the region in the long jump with a mark of 4.55m and third in the region for shot put with a mark of 7.98m.
On Saturday the team took to the track to compete in the running events. Mitchell Johnson (Fruitport HS) had another huge pr in the 3000m steeplechase with a time of 10:06.90 which placed him 2nd in the region and 3rd overall. Noah Hendricks (Fruitport HS) ran an incredible 800m race with strong and cold headwinds. He finished 1st overall in a time of 1:55.38 which was 4 seconds ahead of the next fastest runner and only half a second off the national qualifing time. Logan Wells (Hart HS) had strong times in the 100m and the 400m; he finished in 1st in the 400m with a time of 50.00s. On the women’s side Grace Sweet (Reeths-Puffer HS) and Haylee Ray (Grand Haven HS) competed in the 800m with Grace finishing 1st in the region (4th overall) with a time of 2:26.87 and Haylee was 5th with a time of 2:42.11. Maddy Windberg (Spring Lake HS) ran a very strong 1500m coming in with a time of 5:26.63, good for 4th overall in the Region.