Manistee track teams run at Ludington double-dual

 

Manistee’s Junior Sarabia clears a hurdle on the way to winning the 110-meter hurdles at the Lakes-8 double-dual meet at Ludington on Tuesday. (Brian Fogg/News Advocate)

Manistee’s Junior Sarabia clears a hurdle on the way to winning the 110-meter hurdles at the Lakes-8 double-dual meet at Ludington on Tuesday. (Brian Fogg/News Advocate)

LUDINGTON — Manistee track fought through a couple of injuries in a double-dual meet Tuesday in Ludington.

The boys split with Ludington and Muskegon West Michigan Christian, with a 79-57 loss to the Orioles and a 69-59 win over Warriors. The Chippewa boys are now 3-1 in Lakes-8 competition.

The girls team dropped both meets with a 83-54 loss to Ludington and a 74-59 loss to WMC.

Manistee’s boys team outscored Ludington on the track, but the Orioles were able to pull away in the field events.

“We’re having some trouble with nagging injuries, both boys and girls, and that slowed us down some today,” Manistee boys track coach Eric Thuemmel said. “For the most part the boys ran well, we even outscored Ludington on the track 49-43, but we were trounced in the field events. That’s where we need to improve most.”

The boys were led by two relay teams that finished in first place, starting with the 800-meter relay team of Jack Sandstedt, Tai Allen, Logan Guenthardt and Blake Mikula that finished at 1:36.21 and the 1600-meter relay team of Sandstedt, Allen, Anselmo Sarabia and Mikula that finished at 3:32.94.

“Our boys 4-by-400 meter relay had an outstanding race to end the meet. I’m thrilled to see them going so fast this early in the year,” Thuemmel said. “They narrowly lost to Ludington Friday night, so they wanted some revenge. It was nice to end on a high note.”

In the individual events the boys were led by a group of runners winning bringing home wins. Junior Sarabia took first in the 110-meter hurdles at 17.59, followed by Mikula in the 100-meter dash at 12.10, Anselmo Sarabia won the 800-meter run at 2:06.41, Bradlee Popkowski won the 3200-meter run at 11:13 and Allen won the long jump at 20’09’’.

Sanstedt also took second place in the 400-meters at 53.59, Elliot Kamaloski took second in the 3200-meters at 11:13.2 (only .2 seconds behind his teammate, Popkowski) and third in the 1600-meters at 4:59.93, Junior Sarabia took third in the 300-meters at 44.77 and Mikula was third in the 200-meters at 24.27.

The girls dropped both ends of the dual meet, but like the guys, they were battling through some injuries.

The 400-meter relay team led them on the day by finishing first with Sydney Williams, Ciara Anderson, Grace Jankwietz and Taylor Williams at 56.66.

Two other Chippewas took first with Noelle Fink in the 1600-meter run at 5:40.13 and Audrey Padilla in the long jump at 14’4’’.

Natalee Kott took second in the high jump at 4’06’’, Kendahl Wright was second in the 300-meter hurdles at 56.10, Padilla was second in the 200-meters a 28.75, Fink was second in the 3200-meters at 12:22.2, Tegan Wayward was second in both the shot put and discus at 34’08’’ and 96’07’’, respectively, and Hayleigh Codden was third in the discus at 77’08’’.

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Posted by Brian Fogg

Brian is the sports writer for the Manistee News Advocate. You can reach him at (231) 398-3110 or bfogg@pioneergroup.com.

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