Chippewas get ‘workout’ win against Coyotes

Manistee’s (from left to right) Austin Fancher, Annie Fuller and Colin Bachinski race to the finish line during Thursday’s meet against Reed City. (Matt Wenzel/News Advocate)

MANISTEE — The team scores were a foregone conclusion and the individual winners were essentially running alone.

About the only thing left to do was battle for position in the middle.

With the Manistee and Reed City boys and girls running together on Thursday, the most exciting finish was Manistee’s Annie Fuller trying to out-kick her male teammates Austin Fancher and Colin Bachinski at the finish line.

“We were just playing around,” said Fuller, who finished a split-second behind Bachinski and Fancher, following her win at Michigan State on Friday. “I was just taking it easy today.”

Since Reed City brought just three boys and two girls to the meet, Manistee was automatically going to win and the low numbers resulted in everyone running together.

“I really love running with the guys,” said Manistee senior Kelly Schubert, who broke her own course record with a time of 19:12. “That was fun.”

Reed City senior Joe Oehrli won the boys race with a time of 17:10.

“I felt like I did pretty good for this course,” he said. “It’s always uneven.”

Jarret Deisch led the Manistee boys by finishing second in 18:36.

“We’re not running hard right now,” Deisch said. “It’s the middle of the season exactly right now and we’ve got some big meets coming up so it was just a little dual and I’m not really worried about it.”

Tyler Sievert took third in 19:44, followed by Jonny Bailey (fourth, 19:47), Nick Veine (fifth, 20:20), Bachinski (seventh, 21:20), Austin Fancher (eighth, 21:20), Austin Minx (ninth, 21:22), Bryce Cameron (10th, 21:22) and Zach Kopfman (12th, 22:26).

“It’s been hard to be motivated this week because we knew it was going to be a small meet and more of a workout but it’s always fun to run at home,” said Manistee coach Eric Thuemmel. “You’ve got a crowd cheering them on so it’s different than just working out like they normally do.”

Schubert was running with a couple of her male teammates early in the race but pulled away and was the third runner — boy or girl — to cross the finish line.

“I wanted to run with them the whole time,” she said, “but I was feeling kind of good so I just kept going.”

Fuller took second among the girls in 21:21, followed by Eva Guillen (third, 22:52), Ashley Tomaszewski (fourth, 23:34), Sophie Shriver (fifth, 23:39), Sarah Chandler (sixth, 24:23) and Courtney Stefanski (11th, 25:08).

Thuemmel said choosing to run everyone together was easy.

“That’s another great motivation,” he said. “We’ve done it before when it’s a smaller group. That’s better for pairing kids up. Kelly normally doesn’t have someone to run with or Annie has a hard time finding a partner, so I think it worked out nicely to pair them up today.”

The Chippeaws now have some time off to prepare for meets in which the scores and places will be a lot harder to determine.

“We’ve got a big lull the next two weeks which will hopefully be time for some of the sore kids to heal up and at the same time a chance for the rest of us to work real hard because we are now in the second half of the season and we’ve got some big races coming up,” Thuemmel said. “We have a lot to prepare for.”

 

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