Chips, Sabers compete in All-Star Invite

MUSEKGON — Several track and field athletes from Manistee and Manistee Catholic Central competed in the annual Meijer West Michigan All-Star Invitational at Reeths Puffer this week, after having met qualifying times/distances/heights during competition this season.

The All-Star meet aims to pit together the top athletes in each event across all four school divisions in West Michigan.

Manistee’s Erin Dorn certainly proved she’s one of the region’s best in the 800-meter run, placing second among the all-star athletes with a personal record time of 2:21.96. Dorn is slated to compete in the 800 at the Division 3 state finals on June 1 in Jenison.

The Chippewa girls were also represented by Logan Wayward, Kendahl Wright and Noelle Fink in Wednesday’s All-Star Invitational.

Wayward, who will compete in discus at the upcoming state finals, placed sixth in the event Wednesday with a personal record throw of 105-10.50. The sophomore also took 10th in the shot put (30-2.25).

Wright placed ninth in the pole vault (7-6) while Fink took 16th in the 3,200-meter run (12:57.86).

Manistee’s boys team was also represented. Anselmo Sarabia, who is state finals-bound in the 800-meter run and high jump, took fourth at the All-Star meet in the 800 (2:01.82) and fifth in the high jump (6-0). Sarabia was also a part of the 3,200-meter relay team with Ransom Hoeflinger, Will Elbers and Dylan Johnson. The squad placed fifth in the time of 8:37.05.

Hoeflinger placed 16th in the 3,200-meter run in 10:43.32 and the Chippewas’ Noah Owens placed 13th in the long jump (17-9.5).

Manistee Catholic Central was represented by sophomore Mateo Barnett and senior Eric Stickney.

Barnett had a busy but solid day in the sprints, placing fourth in the 400-meter dash (52.44) and ninth in the both the 100 (11.79) and 200 (23.95). Barnett will compete in the 100- and 200-meter dashes at the Division 4 state finals on June 1 in Hudsonville.

“Mateo did phenomenal,” said Sabers coach Gabe Wise. “He was seeded last in the 100 and 200, so he was in slower heats, but still ended up ninth. If he would have been in the fast heats, I think he probably would have medaled. He was running smooth, fast and looked real strong. He’s definitely ready for the state competition.”

Stickney wrapped up his varsity career with a 15th-place finish in the shot put with a toss of 37-9.

“It’s been a great ride with him,” Wise said of Stickney. “He’s been a great team leader, great kid to have on the team. He’ll be missed next year, big time.”

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