Onekama girls 2nd at track regional

 

Onekama’s Emilee MacPherson (center) on her way to winning the 100-meter dash at the Division 4 regional meet at Manton on Friday. MacPherson was one of 16 Portagers to qualify for the state finals. (Brian Fogg/News Advocate)

Onekama’s Emilee MacPherson (center) on her way to winning the 100-meter dash at the Division 4 regional meet at Manton on Friday. MacPherson was one of 16 Portagers to qualify for the state finals. (Brian Fogg/News Advocate)

MANTON — Onekama fell just short of winning a regional title on Friday afternoon, but the Portagers will send a large part of their team to the state finals.

Instead of bringing home a trophy, Onekama will send 16 athletes to the state finals in two weeks.

All first and second-place finishers automatically qualify for the state finals.

The Portager boys finished third with 113.5 teams points, behind Manton with 161.5 points and Maple City Glen Lake with 113.5 points.

“I think we had a pretty good showing,” Onekama boys coach Nick Bradford said. “Obviously Manton was going to be difficult to beat with all of their guys. Taking that many guys is pretty neat.”

The 3200-meter relay team of Jeremiah Torrey, Trent Johnson, Kaiden Hejl and Gary McBride took second at 8:51.16 and the 800-meter relay team of Joeb Reed, Torrey, Blake Soper and Olav Harstad took second at 1:35.81.

McBride was second in the 1600-meter run at 4:53.41 and the 3200-meters 10:36.05, Hejl won the 3200-meter run by one second over McBride at 10:35.63, Zach Belinsky took second in the shot put at 44’06’’ and Soper was second in the 200-meter dash at 24.33.

The Onekama girls’ team had a strong day with a second-place finish with 118 team points, behind only Manton with 193.

“We’re pleased with the effort and the kid’s outcome in the end,” Onekama girls coach Nathan Bradford said. “We knew in the end that Manton had so many kids in every event that it was going to be pretty hard. The kids went out and scored more points than I thought we would.”

Emilee MacPherson led Onekama by winning the 100-meter dash at 13.44 and McKayla Haske won the high jump at 4’08’’.

Onekama’s Grace Hughes and Emily Belinsky took first and second, respectively, in the 100-meter hurdles at 16.44 and 16.78. Hughes also won the 300-meter hurdles at 50.13.

The team took a lion’s share of the points that they earned in the relay events starting with The 800-meter relay team of MacPherson, Yuki Babinec, Mariah McLouth and Hughes in second at 1:54.92, the 400-meter relay team took first with Emily Belinsky, Babinec, Hughes and MacPherson at 52.68 and the 1600-meter relay team with Babinec, Elizabeth Domres and Elizabeth Belinsky took third, but qualified for the state finals anyways with a 4:26.32.

Brethren didn’t have as big of a day as it hoped to with a ninth-place finish with 23 points, but Logan Tighe will keep his season going with a second-place finish in the high jump at 5’11’’.

“That’s been absolutely awesome to watch,” Brethren boys track coach Kyle Griffin said. “He gets excited about it. Going into it today he was getting a little nervous. He’s been struggling in practice all week. That was fun to watch him top out in that.”

The Brethren girls’ team finished 9th out of 14 with 19.50 points.

Taytum Myers won the shot put for Brethren and will advance to the state finals with a 31’03’’.

Keisha Picklesimer was third in the 100-meter dash at 13.82, which means that she just missed the state qualifying mark.

Manistee Catholic Central saw its season come to an end with 1 team point on the afternoon. Mason Callesen earned that for MCC with an eighth-place finish in the 300-meter hurdles at 46.48.

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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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