Members of the Southfield Christian boys track and field team stand with the Division 4 runner-up trophy June 1 at Baldwin Street Middle School in Hudsonville. The Eagles have finished in the top five each of the last two years.

Members of the Southfield Christian boys track and field team stand with the Division 4 runner-up trophy June 1 at Baldwin Street Middle School in Hudsonville. The Eagles have finished in the top five each of the last two years.

Photo by Tim Donnan


Southfield Christian boys track and field team finds success at D-4 state meet

By: Zachary Manning | Southfield Sun | Published June 12, 2019

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SOUTHFIELD — The Southfield Christian boys track and field team has done a lot of winning over the last two years.

After a fourth-place finish at the Division 4 state meet one season ago, the Eagles followed that up with a second-place finish June 1 at Baldwin Street Middle School in Hudsonville.

“I am very proud of what our guys were able to accomplish this year,” Eagles coach Todd Crouch said. “Coming off of last season, they were excited with fourth place, but that inspired them to work hard in the offseason, and they came this spring believing that they could win; and they did win a lot this year and earned the best finish in school history for our guys team.”

Rough weather caused delays throughout the day, which was frustrating for the Eagles, but it also allowed athletes participating in multiple events to get some rest.

Crouch was proud of his team’s effort and was excited to be bringing home a trophy.

“This has been one of the most talented teams that I have coached, and I really enjoyed watching them compete all year long,” Crouch said. “Our season started out slow with very few meets, but once we got going, it was a great ride.”

A big reason for the success of the team was due to juniors Dubem Amene and Chris Davenport. Crouch called them both “exceptional athletes.”

At the state meet, their athleticism was on full display, as they helped the Eagles rack up points. Davenport finished second in the long jump, leaping 21 feet, 3 3/4 inches, and was fifth in the 100-meter dash, posting an 11.29 mark.

Davenport also helped the 4x200 and 4x400 relay teams take second place, collecting times of 1:32.06 and 3:28.91, respectively.

Amene took the top spot in the 400, running a time of 49.75. He was also a member of the 4x400 and 4x800 relay teams. The 4x800 relay team finished second, earning a time of 8:19.93.

“We trained for this moment all season, so I was a little nervous in the beginning, but I knew what I had to do to run a good time and to win,” Amene said of winning the 400. “Going across that line, I just felt like I did what I trained to do. All the workouts really paid off.”

Heading into next season, there is even more optimism for Amene and the team. Personally, Amene is hoping to collect even more individual state titles, while also bringing home the team championship.

However, Amene and the Eagles know that they must continue to get better to reach their goals.

“We have a group chat of track where we all talk,” Amene said. “We’re just talking about this offseason, how we have to push each other, what points we missed out on, how we’re going to stay humble, how we’re going to stay healthy and get better.”

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