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.