Blake Dunn shows off the form that helped him shine in both the 300-meter and 110-meter hurdles. Dunn is the school-record holder in both events.

Dunn’s record-setting effort helps Indians shine at Rocket Invite

By: 
Jason Wesseldyk

MUSKEGON—Saugatuck boys’ track coach Rick Bauer is already starting to run out of superlatives to describe Blake Dunn.
But with Dunn only a sophomore, Bauer has plenty of time to think of some.
Dunn’s talents were on full display at the Muskegon Reeths-Puffer Rocket Invitational Friday, April 17, as he won the 300-meter hurdles and long jump to go with a runner-up showing in the 110 hurdles. That helped the Indians to a fourth-place finish with 88 points.
Benzie Central won with 126 points, followed by Traverse City Central (106) and Muskegon Catholic Central (92).
As for Dunn, his times in the 300 hurdles (40.02) and the 110 hurdles (15.63) were both personal bests, with his 300 time breaking his own school record. His winning distance in the long jump was 21 feet, three inches.
If that wasn’t enough, Dunn was also part of the 800 relay team along with Aaron Rassmussen, Joe Brown and Cole Hartman who ran a 1:36.95.
“Blake was the star of stars,” Bauer said. “He’s a phenomenal athlete and continues to improve.”
Fellow sophomores Nick Butch and Xavier Cardona were among the other Indians to shine at the meet.
Butch’s 9:53.19 in the 3,200 meters was the second fastest time  overall and first among Division 3 and 4 teams. It was also the fastest time ever for a sophomore at Saugatuck.
Cardona, meanwhile, broke his previous personal best in the discus by 10 feet with his throw of 129-8. That was good for sixth overall and second among Division 3 and 4 schools.
“Xavier had a huge day and Nick was outstanding in the 3,200,” Bauer said.
Two days earlier, Saugatuck hosted Bangor and Fennville in a SAC meet. The result was a 81-56 win over the Vikings and a 119-12 win over the Blackhawks.
“The team did very well in our dual meet with Bangor,” Bauer said. “We were really worried about that meet and figured it would be a close one.”
 

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