Chippewa track teams place 2nd, 3rd at Lakes-8 league meet

Manistee senior Tegan Wayward puts the shot during the Lakes-8 track meet at Ludington on Monday. Wayward finished second in the shot and also the discus at the meet. (Kyle Kotecki/For the News Advocate)

Manistee senior Tegan Wayward puts the shot during the Lakes-8 track meet at Ludington on Monday. Wayward finished second in the shot and also the discus at the meet. (Kyle Kotecki/For the News Advocate)

By Kyle Kotecki

For the News Advocate

LUDINGTON — The Manistee track team participated in the Lakes-8 conference championship Monday. The boys team took second, while the girls took third, meaning both teams finished second overall in the conference for the season.

“We’ve had to deal with a little bit of adversity this season and this past weekend,” said Manistee co-head coach Eric Thuemmel. “… We’ve got a few injuries and a few kids that couldn’t be here today and that made a key difference in some of our relays, guys and girls both.”

Trevor Johns took second in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.00. Anselmo Sarabia finished second in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:05.32, while Alvaro Sarabia took second in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 17.69.

“As far as the guys are concerned, I think they did about as well as we could have expected,” Thuemmel said. “Had a few season best times, which we were hoping for.”

The team of Campbell Kolk, Alvaro Sarabia, Johns and Bryson Jensen took second in the 800-meter relay, finishing it in 1:38.13. Jacob Gustad, Elliot Kamaloski, Bradlee Popkowski and Anselmo Sarabia finished second in the 1600-meter relay with a time of 8:41.39.

The Chippewas had to scramble to cobble together relay teams on both the boys and girls side.

“The handoffs, we were practicing beforehand when we got here,” said Manistee co-head coach Hilary Edmondson. “So I think for that, doing changes and mixing in people that don’t typically run it, they did pretty well.”

Kolk and Anselmo Sarabia took first and second in the high jump, clearing 5’8” and 5’6”, respectively. Alvaro Sarabia took first in the long jump with a leap of 18’9.5”.

For the girls, Erin Dorn took first in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:28.85, beating the second-place runner by a full seven seconds.

“The most impressive side for the girls was Erin Dorn, conference champion in the 800,” Edmondson said. “… She was determined. She really wanted it.”

Kendahl Wright took second in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 54.17.

The team of Lily Lester, Dorn, Kaya Long and Taylor Williams took second in the 800- and 1600-meter relays, with times of 1:56.50 and 4:25.42, respectively. In the 3200-meter relay, Wright, Noelle Fink, Olivia Holtgren and Sara Thompson took second, finishing in 11:01.26.

“Some of the distance events are finally looking in shape,” Thuemmel said. “The relays, we’re still scrambling for runners in a couple of them.”

Tegan Wayward took second in both the shot put and the discus, with throws of 35’9” and 105’9”, respectively.

With the conference championships in the rear-view, MHS can now focus on their regional meet at Benzie Saturday.

“(It’s) what you work towards all season, because of course you want to take as many kids as you can to the State level,” Edmondson said. “So we’re hoping for some better times and some healthier kids to give it our best performance on Saturday.”

While not satisfied with a second-place conference finish, Thuemmel is optimistic about the upcoming regional meet.

“We did see some good signs today,” Thuemmel said. “I’m hoping that we build on that for Saturday.”

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