Saugatuck holds off Bangor to win SAC title
Of course Saugatuck boys’ track coach Rick Bauer wants his team to perform up to its potential each time it competes in a meet.
But some of those meets mean a little more than the others.
“We really look at three meets each year,” Bauer said. “Those are the state finals, regionals and the SAC meet.”
The Indians had already made the most of their opportunity in the first of those three, claiming a regional championship.
And on Thursday, May 21, they also took top honors in the second of that trio.
Saugatuck scored 137 points to hold off a challenge from runner-up Bangor by 14 points to secure the SAC title.
“This is a really great group of kids and the boys really wanted to win SAC and many made sacrifices to make it happen,” Bauer said.
Blake Dunn led the charge for the Indians, winning three individual events and helping the 1,600-meter relay team that also included Joe Brown, Aaron Rasmussen and Alex Kruithof win with a time of 3:34.37. The individual events won by Dunn were the 110 hurdles (15.07), the 300 hurdles (4).47) and the long jump (20-4.75).
Brown provided the other event title for the Indians, winning the 400 with a time of 51.78. He also placed third in the 200 with a 23.92.
“Blake was great and Joe is a jack-of-all-trades,” Bauer said. “He can run anything from the 100 to the 3,200 and can also high jump. He gave us so many options and came up big with his win in the 400 and third-place showing in the 200.”
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