COOPERSVILLE — Conference champions.
For the first time ever, the Belding Redskins girls track team can say they are conference champions after Friday’s victory at the O-K Blue Conference meet at Coopersville.
The Redskins dominated and scored 154 points to defeat second place finishers Allendale and Sparta with 93. Coopersville had 82, Wyoming 64, Grand Rapids Creston 27 and Comstock Park 12.
“These will be the first numbers we are able to put up on the banner in the gym,” Belding coach John Carlson said. “The girls track team has never won the conference or regionals before. It was very exciting for the young ladies.”
Belding set school records in the pole vault, 1,600-meter run, 3,200 run and 3,200 relay.
Monica Baylis led the way with four conference titles. She won the 800-meter run (2:22.92), 1,600 (5:17.08), 1,600 relay (with MacKenzie Rode, Danielle Rode and Harley Rode) and the 3,200 relay (with Rachael Warner, Teresa Myles and Danielle Rode).
Rode also finished first in the 400 and set the school record in the pole vault at 9-2.
McKenzie Breimayer finished second in the 100 (13.08) and third in the 200 (27.30). MacKenzie Rode was second in the 400 (1:04.48), Teresa Myles second in the 3,200 (12:05.58) and the 800 relay was second with Harley Rode, MacKenzie, Luisa Rinne and McKenzie Breimayer.
“We only lose four points to graduation from this team,” Carlson said. “We only have two seniors on this team. Everyone is coming back for next year.”
The Belding boys finished fifth with a score of 48 points. Allendale won the boys conference title with 139 points. Coopersville had 118, Sparta 106, Wyoming 64, Creston 38 and Comstock Park 14.
Trevor Curtis was second in both the 1,600 (4:37.89) and 3,200 (10:07.38), while Brendan Sutherland was third in the 400 (53.47)
Belding will compete at the Division 2 regionals on Friday at Houseman Field in Grand Rapids.