Portagers, Chips run well at Ken Bell Invite

Manistee News Advocate staff report
May 4, 2012

TRAVERSE CITY — The Manistee and Onekama track and field teams turned in a number of strong performances at the Ken Bell Invitational on Friday at Traverse City Central.

Onekama was, by far, the smallest school there, but performed above its class as both the boys and girls edged Traverse City St. Francis to finish first among Division 4 teams. The Manistee girls and boys were third among Division 3 schools.

“It was a great meet,” said Onekama boys coach Anthony Torres. “We knew we were going to go up against some big schools. Obviously it’s much harder competition than we ever see. I think it brings out the best in the kids.”

The Manistee girls recorded three first-place finishes as Jessica Gustad took first in the 100-meter dash (12.73) while Annie Fuller won the 1,600 (5:15.02) and the high jump (4-foot-11). Fuller also ran third in the 800 (2:22.27) while Gustad was fourth in the 300 hurdles (50.56).

“We had some time off this week,” said Manistee girls coach Sam Joseph. “We got to go to Onekama and got a really good workout in and you could tell it paid off.”

Onekama’s Nisha Collins won the long jump (16-6 1/4) for the Portagers’ lone top spot.

Overall, the Manistee girls were fifth among the 13 teams with 54 points while East Kentwood won with 146.5.

No’el Solis set a personal record in the long jump (15-9 1/2) while Sarah Chandler took fifth in the 400 (1:02.50).

The Manistee boys finished sixth overall out of 13 teams with 39 points while East Kentwood won with 164.

Evan Slawinski led the Manistee boys with a pair of school records, taking second in the 100 (11.08) and third in the 200 (22.51). Tyler Maiville was third in the 300 hurdles (41.29). Maiville, Slawinski, Scott Wethy and Nick Williams took second in the 800 relay in 1:32.75.

“We definitely had our bright spots,” said Manistee boys coach Craig Fuller. “When you look at what Evan did in the 100 and 200, it’s pretty obvious he had a good day.”

The Onekama girls placed seventh overall with 43 points.

Onekama senior Jaylee Brown finished second in the pole vault (9-6) and fourth in the 100 hurdles (17.03) while the 400 relay team of Alyson Fink, Alycia Peterson, Breanna Fink and Meredith Hengy took third in 52.67.

“I give the girls credit for stepping up and doing what they did,” said Onekama girls coach Bonnie Brown. “Two meets in three days — they did awesome. We had PRs in all of our relays.”

Tyler Fogarty turned in the top performance for the Onekama boys by finishing fourth in the pole vault at 12-6 while John Girven set a personal record in the 3,200 at 10:45.69.

“This was a great eye-opener as far as where we stand and what we can do,” Torres said. “The kids ran great. We had some huge PRs.”


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