Warriors place sixth at state

CHAMPIONS: Chippewa Hills’ Hannah Todd, left, Nicole Snyder, middle, Jennifer McNeal, back, and Jacki Sheaffer prepare to receive their medals after they took first in the 4x200-meter relay at the Division 2 track and field state final Saturday at Zeeland East High School. (Pioneer photo/Ryan Zuke)

CHAMPIONS: Chippewa Hills’ Hannah Todd, left, Nicole Snyder, middle, Jennifer McNeal, back, and Jacki Sheaffer prepare to receive their medals after they took first in the 4×200-meter relay at the Division 2 track and field state final Saturday at Zeeland East High School. (Pioneer photo/Ryan Zuke)

Chippewa Hills girls track and field finish 12 points off winner

ZEELAND — The Chippewa Hills girls track and field team finished sixth with 22 points at the Division 2 state final meet Saturday at Zeeland East High School.

The Warriors went into the meet hoping to defend their state title, but following the finish, coach Sally Schafer said she still was pleased with her team, especially after battling wet and cold conditions throughout the day.

St. Johns won with 36 points, followed by Flint Southwestern at 34 points.

“Our performances were there,” Schafer said. “It was just a very fast meet. Obviously we wanted to win, but I’m not disappointed in the day at all.”

The 4×200-meter relay team of Nicole Snyder, Jacki Sheaffer, Hannah Todd and Jennifer McNeal took first at 1 minute, 43.61 seconds.

“It feels amazing,” said Snyder, huddled around the other three girls as they continued to hug and congratulate each other after the race. “We just ran as fast as we could. We wanted it.”

Snyder also took third in the 200 (25.8), while McNeal finished fourth in the 400 (58.4).

Joelle Humpula placed eighth in 100 hurdles at 16:18 to round out the scoring for the Warriors.

Of all the girls who scored for the Warriors, only one (Sheaffer) is graduating, leaving Schafer with plenty of optimism for next season.

“We’re looking good for next year,” Schafer said. “As soon as it ends, we’re thinking, ‘We need to get points here, here and here (at next year’s meet). But that’s the way you have to do it.”

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The Warriors finished 20th at the state final Saturday with 10 points. Orchard Lake St. Mary’s won with 52 points, followed by Zeeland East (44.5) and Mason (39.5).

John Wixson finished third in the 110 hurdles and fifth in the 300 hurdles (39.43).

“I’m happy with it,” Wixson said of his 110 hurdles run. “I ran a 14.77 — a personal record for me. It was a real close race. The guy who won ran a 14. 70.”

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Ryan is the sports editor for the Big Rapids Pioneer, covering local prep sports and Ferris State athletics. He can be contacted at (231) 592-8363 or rzuke@pioneergroup.com.

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