Oak Park wins first boys track title since 1972; Rockford is second
Hudsonville – In the team competition, Oak Park scored 55 points to win the Division 1 title held at Hudsonville High on Saturday.
Its school’s first boys’ track and field championship since the 1972 squad won the Class A title. Rockford was second with 46 points and East Kentwood was third with 37. East Kentwood had won five of the previous seven Division 1 championships.
Oak Park’s only victory came from junior Cameron Cooper, who took the 800-meter run in 1:51.68. Senior Dekaryea Freeman placed third giving Oak Park 18 points in the event.
Miles Daniel was second in the 100, third in the 200 and ran on the fifth-place 400 relay team for Oak Park.
"The biggest thing we’ve got going for us is we got some football players to come out," Oak Park coach Robert Lynch said. "The football players came out, have been part of the track team and have put us over the edge."
East Kentwood’s Khance Meyers won two events, taking the 100 in 10.73 seconds and helping the 800 relay team set a Division 1 meet record of 1:26.27. Ansel Jeffries, Shane Harris and Andre Welch also ran on that relay team.
The other individual champions were East Lansing’s Kentre Patterson (110 hurdles, 14.03); Ann Arbor Skyline’s Anthony Giannobile (1,600, 4:11.48); Wayne Memorial’s Montel Hood (400, 47.30); Dearborn’s Adnan Hamka (300 hurdles, 39.62); Fenton’s Jacob Lee (3,200); Rockford’s Jonny De Haan (pole vault, 15-0); and Mount Pleasant’s Kalebb Perry (high jump, 6-7).
The other winning relay teams were Rockford (3,200, 7:43.92); Detroit Cass Tech (400, 42.26); and Saline (1,600, 3:19.37).