Hawkeyes Perform Exceptionally, Take 3rd At MITCA

By Kaleb Essink


BATTLE CREEK, Mich. – Seeded to finish 7th at the MITCA State Championships, the Hamilton Hawkeyes Girls Track and Field team did what they always seem to do. Prove people wrong. The Hawkeyes finished 4 places ahead of where they were projected to place.


Hamilton finally got some sweet revenge on Zeeland East after losses during the dual meet season as well as at the OK Green Conference meet. Hamilton finished in 3rd place behind Dearborn Divine Child and Grand Rapids Christian.


Freshmen Rayah Blood had a career day, finishing second in the 100 meter dash (12.79) and 3rd in the 200 meter dash (26.93). She was also the first leg in the 400 meter relay (Blood, Woodke, Hancock, Robinson) which ran to a second place finish behind Lansing Waverly (50.36). Rayah is on to individual state, a very rare feat for freshman.


Annaka Ediger is now a member of a very exclusive club for Hamilton High Jumpers. She is now one of just 5 Hawkeye High Jumpers to hit a 5 feet jump and the first to hit that mark since 2012. She joins Courtney VandeVorde (2012), Jordan Pikaart (2012), Stephanie Johnston (2012), and former state champion Rachel Munniksma (2001).


In their second consecutive appearance at the MITCA Championships and the 8th appearance all-time the Hawkeyes finished with their second consecutive third place finish. Hamilton proved once again why they are a state powerhouse in track and field and continued to build for the future.