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Scott Sullivan
The Saugatuck runner, who, from what I could make out, did not foul deliberately, was heartbroken. I, too—having some sense of how much emotional, mental and physical energy athletes put in for themselves and their teammates—grew misty-eyed. My daughter is almost her age. I wanted to hug the young runner, just a freshman, and tell her she’d not let down anyone; if it weren’t for her, the team wouldn’t have been in position to finish as well as they did do. I am confident, though, that her teammates and coaches did so better than some stranger with a camera.

“Fair is foul and foul is fair,” chanted the witches in Shakespeare’s “Macbeth.” So it was at Saturday’s Division 4 high school state track meet.

“Fair” was more than that for Saugatuck’s boys team. Try “outstanding.” The guys claimed their third state title in the last four years with 66 points, more than twice second-place Evart’s 32.

The “foul” part came literally in the last race of the nearly-seven-hour track meet when the anchor runner for Saugatuck’s 4x400-meter girls relay team was ruled to have cut off a Beal City girl who was trying to pass her in the home stretch.

When the hurly-burly was done, the Indians’ battle was lost, not won. The relay team, which would have otherwise finished second, was disqualified, costing the overall team eight points that would have earned them a second-place trophy and post-meet honors.

For full story, pick up a copy of the June 9 Commercial Record or subscribe to the e-edition.

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