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When the Elite Meet

When the Elite Meet

Nearly 1000 of the best and brightest track and field athletes from around the State of Michigan descended on Houseman Field in Grand Rapids for the 2nd Annual Elite Track Challenge on April 29.

Hosted by Grand Rapids Public Schools, the athletes competed for the title of “The Best of the Best 2017.”
The competition is a multi- conference invitational and is open to any middle and high school track and field team from the state. It gives novice athletes an opportunity to compete in open events. Schools also enter top female and male athletes to compete in a series of six elite track challenges and five elite field events.  These elite events range from the 100m hurdles to the pole vault and shines a spotlight on some of the up and coming track and field talents of today.

The 2017 event was a huge success. “Coaches and athletes both raved about what a great event this was for student athletes from every community.” Shared GRPS Varsity Track & Field Coach Dan Ebright.  “And they are excited to come back next year!” Teams came from as far away as Ann Arbor and Detroit to participate. And local rivals also made their presence known, including teams from Grand Rapids Christian, Allendale and Forest Hills Eastern among many others.

“We hope athletes get a chance to run against the best competition,” said Ebright. “We want to make sure this event provides a positive experience for participants and recognizes these athletes for their accomplishments.”

Elite Track Challenge Highlights

— Narrowly defeating Grand Haven was this year’s overall winner, Grand Rapids Christian.

— A big congratulations to Grand Rapids Public Schools many 1st place winners:

Aniya Davis – Ottawa Hills

A new school record for Ottawa Hills!

Aniya DavisOttawa Hills

Shot Put
39’ 3”

Rihana Pellow – Ottawa Hills

Women’s 1600m

Jama Jama – Ottawa Hills

Men’s 800m

Junius Holmes – Ottawa Hills

Men’s 100m

Jaier Harden, Junius Holmes, Maurice Gillen and Jama Jama – Ottawa Hills

Men’s Swedish Relay

Jamarte Hogan – GRPS middle schools

Middle School Boys 100m

Promoting opportunities for physical wellness are important and this is why the Grand Rapids Student Advancement Foundation recognizes it as one of its five core impact areas.  From track and field events to elementary soccer games, GR8 Sports, Great Kids and GRPS athletics are committed to providing opportunities in after-school sports to all students in the Grand Rapids Public Schools.    None of these opportunities would exist without you, the community and donors, who provide your time, resources and advocacy.

For more information on how you can be a part of encouraging healthy behaviors, fostering academic achievement and strengthening positive relationships for GRPS students, visit

The Elite Track Challenge is open to spectators, so don’t miss out next year!