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Saugatuck girls dominate in winning regional championship

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By Jason Wesseldyk

Sports Editor

KENT CITY—Dominant.

That one word pretty much sums up the performance of the Saugatuck girls’ track team at the Division 3 regional in Kent City on Friday, May 18.

The Indians won seven events, placed second in five and finished third in two others en route to cruising to the regional championship with 149 points.

Grand Rapids West Catholic was the closest to Saugatuck, finishing 40 points behind. Kent City was third with 93 points.

The Indians were particularly dominant in the relays, winning three of the four events.

The first of those relays wins came in the 4×800, in which the team of Thea Johnson, Taylor Conner, Natalie Martinson and Lily Francis posted a time of 9:44.93.

Saugatuck also won the 4×200 relay as the team of Kierstyn Stoin, Hannah Howard, Francis and Jillian Johnson ran a 1:50.51 and the 4×400 as the team of Jillian Johnson, Stoin, Thea Johnson and Francis ran a 4:14.69.

When it came to the individual events, Stoin led the way.

In addition to being part of the winning 800 and 1,600 relay team, Stoin also won both the 200 and the 400. Her time in the 200 was 27.20, while she ran the 400 in 1:02.39.

Francis also secured an individual victory, as did Natalie Martinson. Francis won the 300 hurdles with a time of 48.76, while Martinson took top honors in the 3,200 with a showing of 11:32.80.

The runner-up finishes for Saugatuck were: Thea Johnson in the 800 at 2:20.38 and in the 1,600 at 5:16.95; Conner in the 3,200 at 11:32.95; Morgan Beckman in the shot put at 31-3.50; and Natalie Beckman in the discus at 99-1.50.

Morgan Beckman was also third in the discus at 94-3, while Martinson was third in the 800 at 2:28.23.

The only relay Saugatuck failed to win was the 4×100. The Indians placed fourth in that event, as the team of Howard, Jillian Johnson, Lauren Hale and Abby Hartgerink crossed the finish line at 53.61.