Onekama girls win Frankfort Invite April 28

Posted by Manistee News Advocate Staff

FRANKFORT — The Onekama girls track and field team took another overall first-place finish on Saturday, topping the seven-team field at the Frankfort Invitational.

Onekama placed second overall in boys action while the Brethren boys and girls teams each took sixth place.

“In spite of weather conditions and Bear Lake prom, the girls could have done less but did more,” said Onekama girls coach Bonnie Brown of her team’s effort over the weekend. “Each one gave 110 percent.”

The Portager girls took the top spot in 10 events, while setting a slew of personal bests. They scored 164 points total while second-place Manton scored 113 and county rival Brethren scored 39 for sixth.

Onekama’s Jaylee Brown led the charge with three individual firsts, while helping the 1,600-meter relay team to victory as well. Brown set personal records with wins in the 100-meter hurdles (16.91) and 300-meter hurdles (52.48) while also placing first in pole vault with a leap of 9-6.

Despite missing a key member in Danielle Ward for the weekend, Onekama still was able to win all four relay events, while Onekama’s Taylor Anderson won the 400-meter dash in the personal record time of 1:05.86 and freshman Keena Gilbert took 23 seconds off her best mark in the 3,200-meter run, winning in the time of 12:29.17.

The Onekama boys also picked up a number of medals during the event, placing first in seven events en route to 128 total points — just short of first-place Manton’s 144.

The Portagers’ Tyler Groenwald won the 800-meter run in the time of 2:09.

Onekama won two relay races — the 400 and the 3,200 — while Tyler Fogarty and John Girven each placed first in a pair of individual events. Fogarty won the pole vault with a season-best vault of 12-10 and won the 200-meter dash in 23.6. Girven placed first in the 1,600-meter run (5:03) and the 3,200-meter run (10:56).

“A lot of the kids — mainly the distance kids — set PRs (Saturday),” Onekama boys coach Anthony Torres said. “I was happy with that.

“We know a few spots where we could have done better,” he added, “so by missing out on first by 16 points, we know on a different day we could make those up and probably walk out with the championship trophy.

“But, as I told the guys, I’m not disappointed. I was very happy with how we ran.”

Brethren finished the day similarly in both boys and girls action on Saturday.

The Bobcats garnered a handful of medals, taking home a pair of sixth places as the girls scored 39 points and the boys 32.

No individual times or places for the Bobcat boys were available at time of press, but the girls were paced by a pair of second-place finishes from Emily Krause, who was the runner up in the 100-meter hurdles (18.15) and 300-meter hurdles (54.09). Mia Sacksteder took third for Brethren in the 200-meter dash (28.92) while Jordin Wilks placed fourth in the high jump (4-6) and Carlee Broughton took fourth in discus (75-5).

“There were some different teams from what we’ve been seeing, but we were still able to compete in most of the events,” said Brethren girls coach Melissa Baker who was also filling in for boys coach Travis Walker on Saturday. “It was kind of a different day, being the first Saturday meet, but the kids who were there worked hard and held their own against some of those bigger schools.” Serving Onekama School since 1997