Chippewas open track season indoors at Saginaw Valley State

SAGINAW — Manistee track and field competed in the Saginaw Valley State University D3/D4 Indoor Invitational in Saginaw Friday. The meet was not scored, but it afforded the Chippewas an opportunity to go head-to-head against other athletes from around the state.

“We were a little light in some events thanks to Spring Break, but it was nice to get some competition under our belts,” said Manistee co-head coach Eric Thuemmel. “Our distance runners had a solid start — especially with some new faces in the relays.”

The Manistee boys performed well in the relays, with the team of Ransom Hoeflinger, Will Elbers, Dylan Johnson and Anselmo Sarabia taking second in the 4×600-meter relay with a time of 6 minutes, 19.76 seconds and the team of Jesus Reyna-Cruz, Sarabia, Keaton Ensley and Trevor Mikula finishing third in the 4×300-meter relay with a time of 2:38.75.

Blake Mikula finished third in the 200-meter dash with a time of 23.86, Ensley placed sixth in the 400-meter dash with a 58.46, Hoeflinger took fifth in the 1600-meter run with a time of 5:08.84 and Trevor Mikula placed seventh in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:19.13.

The Chippewa boys also fared well in some field events, with Trac Allen’s leap of 18 feet, two inches earning him a sixth-place finish in the long jump and Noah Owens taking eighth in the high jump with a 5-3 flight.

“We have a good mix with our senior leaders and some incoming freshmen filling some huge spots in the relays and individual events,” said co-head coach Hilary Edmondson.

For the girls, the team of Kendahl Wright, Kasey Eckhardt, Allie Thomas and Sara Thompson placed second in the 4×600-meter relay with a time of 8:07.66 while Kayla Long, Julia Tabaczka, Raegan Codden and Eckhardt finished seventh in the 4×300-meter relay with a time of 3:24.03.

Thomas finished fourth in the 1,600-meter run with a time of 6:12.22 and Codden took seventh in the 60-meter hurdles with an 11.29.

Logan Wayward placed third in the shot put with a throw of 31 feet, 6.5 inches while Wright’s 6-6 jump in the pole vault was also good for third.

Manistee next competes in a home meet on April 9.

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