Brethren hosts Invitational track meet

Manistee Catholic Central’s Andrew Jacobson (left) and Brethren’s Nick Kemler (right) compete in the 1600-meter relay during the Brethren Invitational track meet on Friday. (Kyle Kotecki/For the News Advocate)

Manistee Catholic Central’s Andrew Jacobson (left) and Brethren’s Nick Kemler (right) compete in the 1600-meter relay during the Brethren Invitational track meet on Friday. (Kyle Kotecki/For the News Advocate)

By KYLE KOTECKI

For the News Advocate

BRETHREN — Brethren hosted the Bobcat Invitational track meet Friday, and the competition was fierce. The Bobcat boys took seventh with a score of 36, 128 points behind first-place Maple City Glen Lake. The Manistee Catholic Central boys team finished 11th with 19 points.

On the girls’ side, Brethren took tenth with a score of 27, 144 points behind first-place Manton. The Saber girls finished twelfth with a score of seven.

Also competing at the meet were Buckley, Charlton Heston Academy, Frankfort, Marion, Mason County Eastern, Mesick, Pentwater, Suttons Bay and Walkerville.

For the Bobcat boys, Logan Tighe took first in the high jump, with a leap of 5’10”.

“He’s closing back in on hitting that 5’11” that he needs to get to States,” said Brethren boys coach Kyle Griffin. “He has a tendency to jump pretty poorly at home, so if he’s clearing 5’10” at home, that should bode pretty well for Regionals coming up here in a couple weeks.”

In the 110-meter hurdles, Nick Kemler took third with a time of 20.31. The team of Gavin Allen, Tighe, Gavin Asiala and Carson Kulawiak took fourth in the 4×100-meter relay.

“The big thing that I wanted to use today for was trying some of those top-end guys, and trying some of the younger guys where I haven’t,” Griffin said. “I got to see where we can slot them on Wednesday and get those guys some medals in spots where we maybe thought that we weren’t going to be able to.”

For the Bobcat girls, Keisha Picklesimer took fourth in the 100-meter dash with a time of 14.24. Alexis Tracy took fifth in the 1600-meter run and fourth in the 3200, with PR times of 6:19.07 and 13:29.04, respectively.

“Alexis did good in the mile and the two-mile,” said Brethren girls coach Jason Kemler. “She finished behind a couple of the girls that have placed up there kind of high for our region for regionals.

“She’s coming along,” Kemler continued. “Since her first race to now she’s knocked probably almost a minute off of her time. That’s a pretty big improvement there.”

The team of Emily Agster, Megan Cordes, Maggan Macurio and Eleni Guenther had a fifth-place showing in the 4×200-meter relay with a time of 2:10.86.

Pii Nordstroem finished fourth in the shot put with a throw of 28’6” and fifth in the discus with an 83’5” toss. Both throws were personal records for Nordstroem.

“Pii is getting better every meet so that’s really good, too,” Coach Kemler said.

Manistee Catholic’s Eric Stickney took fifth in both the discus and the shot put, with throws of 110’5” and 37’9.5”, respectively.

Eighth-grader Keeton Capling finished sixth in the 200-meter dash with a PR time of 25.71.

“Today I pretty much only brought my freshmen and eighth-graders, so we were incredibly shorthanded,” said MCC track coach Gabe Wise. “That young group really does have some talent. They impressed me today, going out there without their captains and the upperclassmen to show them the way.”

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