The girls track & field team are new OK White Conference Champions for the 2023 season


After having a phenomenal regular season for the girls track and field team, coming out undefeated during conference duel or tri meets, they were heading into the conference meet on Thursday, May 11, and Friday, May 12, with high expectations to perform at their best. However, they not only met these expectations but exceeded them by great marges by coming out OK White Conference Champions. With eight teams competing for the title, the girls came out on top with 127 points and beat second place, East Grand Rapids, by 12 points.

During this meet, the girls knew that they could not leave anything behind, which is precisely what they did. To start off strong, the team had multiple great individual performances on the track. In the 100-meter, Emma Goring took second with a time of 12.85 and Lucy Yoder took third with a time of 13.00. Emma Goring also had an outstanding performance in the 200-meter by taking first with a time of 26.08, and Zenash Cumings finished in second, right behind Emma, with a time of 26.31. Brooke Bowers had a great run with the 100-meter Hurdles with a new personal record and took third place with a time of 16.87. 

When it came time for relays, the girls did not disappoint whatsoever by taking first in three out of four relays that they competed in. The relays that they got first in were the 4×100-meter which was run by Lucy Yoder, Brooke Bowers, Zenash Cumings, and Lauryn Gaskin and they got a time of 50.11; 4×200-meter with an overall time of 1:44.57 and was ran by Lucy Yoder, Gwen Lamport, Zenash Cumings, and Emma Goring; and the 4×400-meter with Gwen Lamport, Peyton Ludwig, Zenash Cumings, and Emma Goring and they went a time of 4:04.40. The relay that they got third place in was the 4×800-meter with a time of 9:59.76 and was ran by Peyton Ludwig, Anna Sybenga, Mia Stilbitz, and Lilah Yoder. 

However, these amazing performances didn’t stop there with the girls having some phenomenal performances on the field portion. Although all the girls did great on this side of the meet, one athlete that had an outstanding meet was Brooke Bowers with coming in first in both the Pole Vault, with a height of 12-06.00, and Long Jump, with a jump and new personal record of 17-03.25.

With this great win behind them, the girls are preparing and ready to head into the 2023 MHSAA Regional Final on Friday, May 19. The meet will be held at Portage and will begin at 12:00 pm. Make sure to wish these Lady Rangers good luck!