Lakeview’s Wood wins long jump state title


By Bruce Bentley • Last Updated 10:06 am on Monday, June 04, 2012

Lakeview senior Dillon Wood capped off his high school career with two top four finishes at Saturday’s Division 3 state track finals at Comstock Park.

Wood captured a state title with a leap of 22-4 1/2 in the long jump. Chris Maye of Union City was second with a jump of 21-10 1/2. Wood followed up that performance with a fourth place finish in the 300-meter hurdles. Wood ran a 40.37. Jake McFadden of Clare was first with 38.88.

Lakeview also had a girls third place finish with Alex King in the 100 hurdles. King’s 15.26 was better than last year’s 15.68, which was also good for third place. Sami Mitchell of Reed City broke her own meet record with a time of 13.84.

Also in Division 3, Central Montcalm’s LaShae Wright finished just behind King in the 100 hurdles with 15.34.

In Division 4, Montabella’s Cora Okkema had an outstanding day with two top five finishes.

Okkema was state runner-up at Jenison High School in the discus with 123-8. Alex Ferguson edged out Okkema with 124-3. Okkema was fifth in the shot put with a throw of 37-0. Elizabeth Harriman of Sand Creek was first with 39-0.

In Division 1, Greenville’s Bailey Parmelee finished in eighth place in the 3,200 run with a time of 10:52.54. Erin Finn set a meet record while finishing first with a time of 10:17.86.

Tri County’s Connor Vanderhyde had an eighth place finish in Division 2 at Houseman Field in Grand Rapids. Vanderhyde ran 11.14 in the 100 dash to place eight. Kyle Redwine of Auburn Hills Avondale was first with 10.53.

Greenville’s Audrey Wyse and Rosayln Wyse; Belding’s Monica Baylis; Carson City-Crystal’s Kaitlin Beyer and Elizabeth McCrackin and Lakeview’s Sarah Mattix and Nele Tarras also qualified for the state finals in their respective divisions.

On the boys side, Belding’s Scotty Foote and Austin Alexander; Montabella’s Jonny Durham and Vestaburg Dewayne McKinney all qualified for the state finals, as well. The Lakeview 400 and 800 relay teams also qualified.

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