Saugatuck/Douglas Commercial Record Sports

Saugatuck track teams take first at Gobles Invite

By Jason Wesseldyk
Sports Editor
GOBLES—The Saugatuck quartet of Novella DeGraaf, Brook Simpson, Mazie Robison and Vivian Vallarsa is fast.
How fast, you ask?
Well, their time of 50.99 in the 4×100 relay at the Gobles Little Guys Invitational on Friday, May 10, not only gave the Trailblazers first place in the event, but it also set a new school record.
That record-setting performance highlighted a strong overall showing for the Saugatuck girls team, who racked up 134 points to take first-place honors.
Host Gobles was second with 120.5 points.
The Saugatuck boys also won, edging out Three Oaks River Valley by an 81-78 margin.
The 4×100 relay was one of six event wins for the Saugatuck girls, with Robison responsible for two of the others.
In addition to winning the 100 with a time of 13.6, Robison also took the top spot in the 100 hurdles at 15.57.
Also winning events for the Saugatuck girls were Simpson in the 400 (59.17), DeGraaf in the pole vault (10-3) and Niki McNeil in the discus (110-9.5).
Simpson added a third-place finish in the 200 (27.53), while Kamryn Sixberry was second in the 1,600 (5:34.07) and third in the 800 (2:37.38). Lyvia Curtis was third in the 3,200 at 13:03.28.
On the boys side, Saugatuck had two runner-up finishes. Marcus Silva was part of both.
In addition to placing second in the 1,600 at 4:51.51, Silva teamed with Grant Rehkopf, Sawyer Monroe and Sammy Gamboa to finish second in the 4×800 relay at 8:58.52.
Cass Stanberry was third in both the 110 hurdles (17.5) and the long jump (20-4). Nick Petrik was third in the 400 at 55.39.

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