Saugatuck freshman Blake Dunn shows off the form that enabled him to win the 300-meter hurdles at the Division 4 state finals. (Photo by Scott Sullivan)

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Freshman helps lead Saugatuck boys’ track to runner-up finish at state
Jason Wesseldyk

Between playing baseball, running track and maintaining straight A’s in the classroom, Saugatuck freshman Blake Dunn maintained an exhausting schedule this spring.
“It was tough sometimes,” Dunn said. “At the beginning of the season, I’d have practice for baseball and track from 3 to 7 (p.m.), go home to do my homework and study and then get up and do it again.”
Perhaps no day typified Dunn’s frenetic pace more than Saturday, May 31.
Traveling with the Saugatuck baseball team to Bloomingdale for a district semifinal at 10 a.m., Dunn pitched the first six innings. He then left with the score tied at 2-2 in order to make to the Division 4 track state finals, where he proceeded to win the 300-meter hurdles in a school-record time of 40.22 seconds.
Dunn was also part of the second-place 1,600-relay team and the fifth-place 800 relay, helping the Indians garner 46 points and finish runner-up to state champion Concord (78 points).
“Entering (the 300 hurdle) finals, Coach Bauer and I put together a game plan and I just wanted to get out as fast as I could,” Dunn said. “I was in the farthest lane on the track from the other top competitors, and I just wanted to get out fast and make them chase me.
“After the race when I realized I’d won, I didn’t really know what to think. This event is usually dominated by seniors, so I didn’t give much thought to winning it. It was great.”

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