Sparta boys, Cedar Springs girls win O-K Blue meet


By Chip Burch • Last Updated 9:38 am on Monday, May 14, 2012

Belding’s Monica Baylis leads a pack of runners in the 1,600-meter run at the O-K Blue Conference meet Friday.

BELDING — Belding’s track teams were the host for the O-K Blue Conference track meet Friday, but the stars were Sparta and Cedar Springs.

The Spartans were the top boys team in the conference while the Red Hawk girls were tops on their side.

Sparta scored 141 points for first, followed by Cedar Springs with 93 and Grand Rapids West Catholic with 82. Belding was sixth with 24.

Cedar Springs ended up with 128 points in girls action, beating West Catholic’s 112 and Coopersville’s 90. Again, the Redskins were sixth with 44 points.

“We were sad with our overall placing but it is such a tough conference,” Belding coach John Carlson said. “There’s never an off-night in the O-K Blue in track and field; really good coaches and really good programs that have been good for a long time.”

Belding did get some star performers who ended up all-conference. The lone boy was Scott Foote, who won the 110-meter hurdles (15.54) and the 300-meter hurdles (40.99). He also was a member of the fifth place 400-meter relay team (45.33).

“Scotty was tremendous.” Carlson said. “His focus was tremendous. He was only ranked No. 6 in the 300 hurdles but he really turned it on. He had a great night.”

There were four all-conference members of the Redskin girls team.

Monica Baylis was a member of the third-place 3,200-meter relay team (10:12.76) and a member of the fourth-place 1,600-meter relay team (4:18.33).

Mackenzie Sower had three places on the relay teams of the 400-meter relay (53.14), the 800-meter relay (2:01.41) and the 1,600-meter relay.

McKenzie Briemayer also was on the 400, 800 and 1,600-meter relay teams and added a second in the 200 (27.03).

Gabby Holyfield was second in the shot put (33-2) and third in the discus (96-2).

“Our 2-mile relay broke the school record by 21 seconds (Thursday night),” Carlson said. “They placed fourth but they had a great run.

“McKenzie Briemayer had some great relay performances, especially in the sprint relays,” he added. “Great night for a lot of kids individually.”

The freshman and sophomores on Belding’s team will go to the Sparta JV Invitational on Tuesday. Otherwise, the entire team will head to the Division 2 regionals at Houseman Field next Friday.

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