The Grand Rapids-area boys follow the athletes to watch in 2022

Six Grand Rapids-area athletes who won state track and field championships a year ago are back for more.

The track and field season will heat up next week as student-athletes return from spring break. Check out a number of athletes to watch in 2022.

patrick adams

Allendale

Adams is the reigning Division 2 state champion in the 110 hurdles. Adams took event honors in 15.19. He also finished second in the 300 hurdles in 40.15.

Ty Anthony

Cooperville

The junior recorded a 143-05 shot in the Division 2 Finals last spring, earning him an all-state finish with an eighth-place finish.

Cam Battjes

Allendale

Battjes, a senior, won the state pole vault championship a year ago in Division 2. He went 14-04 in the final, earning him the title. Battjes also finished ninth in the long jump (20-04).

Carter Bissell

Rockford

Bissell established himself as one of the best long jumpers in Division 1 a year ago. Bissell went 20-11 in the final to take ninth place.

Austin Brink

Christian Holland

Brinks, senior, ran a 50.18 in the 400m in the Division 2 final last year which saw him finish third in the field.

Jalen Charity

Northview

Charity was among the top high jumpers in Division 1 a year ago. He cleared 6 feet in the state final to tie for ninth.

Benny Diaz

Saugatuck

Diaz, a senior, is the defending Division 4 state champion in the 110 and 300 hurdles events. He won the 110m title last year with a time of 14.77 and the 300m in 39.59. He was also second in the 200m in 22.76 and third in the 100m in 11.22.

Luke Gorgas

Saugatuck

Gorgas’ 12-foot pole vault in the Division 4 Finals, which placed him sixth overall.

Joshua Hart

East Kentwood

Hart will be one of the juniors to watch after finishing fourth in the 110 hurdles in the Division 1 Finals last year. Hart ran a 15.06 to earn all-state honors.

Levi Honderd

Holland

Honderd won the Division 1 state championship in the long jump last season, posting a mark of 22 feet, six inches to take the honors.

Kyle Kloska

western catholic

Kloska, a senior, made his mark in the shot put last season. His 48-04 throw earned him ninth place in the Division 2 event.

Joseph Mullet

western catholic

Mullett will be one to watch after a strong second season when he finished fourth in the 400 in 50.58.

Tinsae Nelson

Grand Rapids Christian

Nelson, a senior, was all-state in the 800m race last spring. Nelson finished seventh in Division 2 in 2:00.15.

Jok Nhial

The potter’s house

Nhial took long jump honors last season as a junior in the Division 4 Finals, recording a 21-09.50 mark.

Carter Noyes

Wayland

Noyes was a Division 2 all-stater in the discus throw. Noyes’ mark of 148-09 in the final placed him sixth.

Lezawe Osterink

The potter’s house

Osterink, a junior, placed fifth in the 3,200 a year ago at the Division 4 championship meet in 10:09.82. Osterink also finished 10th in the 1,600m race in 4:35.12.

Josh Rau

Lowell

Rau, a senior, is back after earning all-state honors in the 110 hurdles last year. He finished third in the 110 hurdles in Division 1 with a 14.80. Rau also finished ninth in the 300 hurdles.

Logan Seymour

Sparta

The Spartans have one to watch in Seymour. Seymour, a junior, placed in the top five in Division 2 last year in the 800m race, placing fourth in the finals in 1:58.96.

Max Sharmas

Saugatuck

Sharmas was one of the best distance runners in Division 4, finishing third in the final in 10:02.41.

Ryan Shinabery

Christian unity

Shinabery, a senior, won the Division 2 state championship a year ago on discus. Shinabery took the honors with a 163-07 shot.

Ian Thompson

Wayland

Thompson was a Division 2 sprinter last spring. He went 11.32 in the final to finish fifth overall.

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