Chips & Portagers medal at CMU
MOUNT PLEASANT — The Manistee and Onekama track and field teams opened their seasons with a long meet that resulted in them not returning home until after 1 a.m. Friday.
At least they didn’t come back empty-handed as the Portagers and Chippewas both had a number of medalists at the Central Michigan University indoor invitational Thursday.
Manistee and Onekama competed among 15 Division 3 and 4 schools.
Manistee freshman Annie Fuller had a strong varsity debut by taking a pair of individual first places and was part of a winning relay. Fuller won the 400 (1:02.2) and 800 (2:40) and, along with Sarah Chandler, Courtney Stefanski and Jessica Gustad, took first in the 1,600-meter relay in 4:29.
“Usually it’s a rude awakening,” Manistee coach Sam Joseph said of Fuller’s transition from middle school to varsity track. “Not this time. She was amazing.”
Onekama’s Nisha Collins won the long jump (15-feet-8 3/4), Jaylee Brown took first in the pole vault (9-9) while the 800 relay team of Breanna Fink, Collins, Alycia Peterson and Meredith Hengy won in 1:56.32.
McKaya Groenwald took second in the 800 while Faith Moerdyk was third, Fink was third in the 60 (8.45), Brown was fourth in the 60 hurdles (10.59) while the 3,200 relay team of Kelly Babcock, Moerdyk, Taylor Anderson and Groenwald placed third in 11:42.
“It was a good start to the season and a good confidence booster,” said Onekama girls coach Bonnie Brown. “I like what I’m seeing.”