Onekama girls win first jamboree
by Dylan Savela, Manistee News
April 18, 2012
BRETHREN — The boys 1,600-meter run is just four laps, and typically lasts all of maybe five minutes.
During Wednesday’s West Michigan D League jamboree, all four seasons passed during the race, too.
On lap one, it rained. On two and three, hail pelted the track. And by the time runners were crossing the finish line, the sun had poked out from the clouds and shined brightly over Brethren.
“I’ve ran in some different types of conditions before,” said Onekama’s John Girven after enduring the wild weather, “but never hail. It hurt around the corners when it was blowing right at you.”
Mother Nature played a big role in the season’s first league meet — even interrupting the girls 800-meter relay when lightning caused a 30-minute delay — but eventually, winners were determined.
The Onekama girls placed first with 234 total points, winning 13 of the meet’s 17 events. Brethren was second with 126, followed by Crossroads Charter Academy (49), Mason County Eastern (39), Baldwin (16), Walkerville (16) and Pentwater (6). The Onekama boys placed second with 144 points to Crossroads’ 203.5. Brethren finished third with 71, followed by Baldwin (59.5), MCE (18) and Walkerville (6).
“The girls handled it well,” Onekama girls coach Bonnie Brown said of the less than perfect conditions. “I was kind of worried about the 800-meter relay — they got through two runners and Danielle (Ward) almost got to the exchange when they flagged them down to stop — but they laughed about it, and came back and did what they needed to do.”
Onekama’s Faith Moerdyk (right) and Danielle Ward (left) lead the pack in the 800-meter run during a West Michigan D League jamboree on Wednesday at Brethren. (Dylan Savela/News Advocate)
Aside from winning all four relays, the Portagers were paced by several multiple-event winners as Jaylee Brown won both hurdle events as well as pole vault; Keena Gilbert won the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs; and Alycia Peterson won the 200- and 400-meter dashes. Onekama’s Faith Moerdyk and Nisha Collins also won individually in the 800-meter run and long jump, respectively.
The Bobcats were paced by a first-place finish from Jordin Wilks in the high jump, and the fact many Bobcat softball players entered in several events.
“It’s still hard to compete with a team like Onekama,” Brethren girls coach Melissa Baker said of last year’s regional champions, “but second is great right now, and it’s right around where I thought we’d be today.
“It was nice to have as many girls as I had to play around with,” she added. “We were able to put several entries in every event.
“It was definitely a tough day, and especially with the restart in the 800; that can be a killer. But I’m pleased with what the girls were able to do today.”