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Hannah Hollister’s dominant day helps lead Corunna girls to first D2 state title; Zeeland West wins boys crown

By: Matt Schoch, June 1, 2019, 10:30 pm

ZEELAND — The tally for Corunna’s Hannah Hollister on Saturday: Five races in three events, three weather delays and two first-place finals finishes.

And, in the end, a team state championship.

The junior led the Cavaliers to the Division 2 team state title at the MHSAA track and field championships at Zeeland Stadium.

Hollister won individual titles in the 300-meter hurdles (44.12) and 200 meters (25.26). She also anchored a 400-meter relay title in which Corunna (49.56) edged Frankenmuth by one-hundredth of a second — with Hollister coming from behind for the win.

Mad dashes for close finishes at race’s end were a theme for Hollister, who used last week’s regional at Corunna to prepare for Saturday’s rigors.

“It was like a practice run,” Hollister said of regionals. “It was kind of hard to bounce back from running the 200 prelims and then 15 minutes later in the 100 hurdles, so I’m happy with how that went.”

Hollister, who also took third in the 110 hurdles, and the other athletes had to contend with three weather delays that totaled more than six-and-a-half hours.

The Corunna junior, who stands out in four sports and has already committed to Grand Valley State for softball, said she had a love-hate relationship with the day of delays.

“At the beginning, it was a little rough with all the nerves and not being able to run our first race,” she said, “but then after that, it was almost nice and it gave us a longer break.”

Corunna finished with 54 points to win the competition, topping Holland Christian (49 points), host Zeeland East (37), East Grand Rapids (33), and Bridgeport (31).

In the boys’ competition, Zeeland West won with 53 points, topping Yale (37), Fruitport (33), Dearborn Divine Child (27) and Corunna (26).

The only boy to win multiple titles was Coldwater’s Dylan Targgart, who repeated his discus and shot put titles.

The junior threw the disc 187-feet-7, a personal record, and then hurled the shot 66-7.50, a Division 2 finals record, breaking former Detroit Lions defensive end Anthony Zettel’s 2011 mark from Ogemaw Heights (61-8).

Adrian sophomore Day’Anna Marr was the only other girl to win multiple individual titles, taking the high jump at 5-4, and the long jump at 18-10.25, a Division 2 finals record.

“I was going for 19 (feet),” Marr said. “But I’m happy that I could jump this and beat the state record. My last couple jumps in my last couple meets were really good, so once I got to state meet, I was just working my way up to this.”

Marr said her second-place finish in the long jump last season served as motivation throughout the season.