Onekama girls win Frankfort Invite April
Posted by Manistee News
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
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.
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
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
“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