Saturday, December 3, 2011

Jingle Bell Jog 2011 - Results

Despite steady rain, a nice crowd of around 90 walkers and runners took to the streets of Manistee to compete in the 4th annual Jingle Bell Jog 5K on Saturday December 3rd.

"Abe Bominable" (John Lipa) was the first man while Kelly Schubert was the first woman to finish the 5K run. Ed Zimmerman and Marilyn Gross were the top walkers. Thanks to all who participated and especially thanks to all our sponsors!

Pictures courtesy of the News Advocate.

Sponsors were:
Lisa Fragomeli
Sports Ink
Morton Salt
West Shore Bank
Watson's Manistee Chrysler
Parkdale Animal Hopsital
Hogan Plumbing
Boehm & Hybza Chiropractic
Super 8 of Manistee
Snyder Shoes
Linke's Boyd Shop
Linke's Lumber
Olson Lumber Co.
Veach & Allen Optometry
Mary Sturdevant Agency - State Farm
Herbert Funeral Home
Bill's Place of Stronach
Yates Chevrolet, Inc
Coldwell Banker
Rite Aid Pharmacy
Boyer's Agency
Seng Marina
Mary Jo Solwold
Ed & Marge Grabowski
Paul & Sherri Wehrmeister
Cindy Swan-Eagan

Sunday, November 20, 2011

EKUP 2011 Results

Ekup 2011 took place Tuesday, November 8th, with some of the most miserable weather the race has experienced in its 23 year history. There was no snow or blowing wind, as previous years have seen, but a steady downpour that gave way to a cold, damp mist soaked and chilled runners to the bone as they tackled the challenging 15K course.

Nearly 40 students, coaches, and parents from the Manistee, Bear Lake, Onekama, and Ludington area showed up to run. Runners started at the Manistee First Baptist Church and continued along Lakeshore Drive until they arrived at Portage Lake Bible Camp in Onekama. Jarret Deisch, a Manistee high school junior, was the first finisher with a time of 58:29.

Thanks to TES Filer City Station, Portage Lake Bible Camp, Manistee First Baptist Church, Manistee Area Public Schools, Sports Ink, and all of the parents and supporters of Mansitee XC for helping put on this yearly event!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

State Finals Pics

State Finals Pictures from MHSAA XC 2011 November 5th in Brooklyn, Mi. Thanks to the News Advocate for the action shots.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

*****Schubert State Champion!*********

She did it! Manistee senior Kelly Schubert claimed the overall title on Saturday, winning the MHSAA Girls D3 XC title in a time of 17:58! After finishing 29th two years ago and in 7th place last year, Kelly comes home today a champion!

Schubert stayed several seconds behind the early leader for the first mile, then made a move to pull even with the front-runner during the second mile. On the downhill towards the stadium that starts the third mile, Kelly made a move to first place and didn't look back. She finished with a 25 second victory. Congratulations to our Chippewa Champion!

Freshman Annie Fuller took 11th (19:01) in the same race, while 11th grader Jarret Deisch finished 62nd in the boys race (17:06), moving up over 20 spots ahead of last year's finish. Nice job Chips! Thanks for a great season!

Picture and video courtesy of More pictures to come!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Heading back to State!

Three Chippewas will make the trek to Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn this coming weekend for the MHSAA XC State Finals! After fantastic performances at the regional meet last weekend, Kelly Schubert, Annie Fuller, and Jarret Deisch qualified to run at state.

Kelly S won her second straight regional title, breaking her own course record with a time of 17:36. Annie F was not far behind in 3rd, finishing just a hair behind 2nd place with a time of 18:14. Every other runner on the girls team also ran season best times, finishing in 4th place as a team, just out of reach of the top 3 (and a team spot at state), Eva - 19:55, Sophie - 20:57, Ashley - 21:39, Courtney - 21:51, and Sarah - 22:54.

The boys also had a stellar day, with all 9 boys running PR's. Jarret was 8th (16:29), making state for the second straight year, followed by Tyler Sievert in his final high school race (17:28). Also running awesome times were Jonny (17:59), Colin (18:06), Nick (18:07), Bryce (18:20), Austin M (18:37), Austin F (18:50), and Zach (20:00).

Great job team - you've had fantastic seasons! Good luck this weekend at state Kelly, Annie, and Jarret!

Thanks to the Manistee News Advocate for some of the pictures.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Manistee National

In a final tune-up for Regionals, the Chips ran in their own backyard at the Manistee National Invite (10-22-11). On a sunny day with a soggy course, the girls took 4th in the large school race while the boys finished 5th.

Kelly Schubert and Annie Fuller went 1-2 for the girls for the 5th time this season, with Kelly setting a new course record of 18:17 while defending her title from last year. Jarret Deisch was top medalist for the boys in 14th place (17:41) with Jonny Bailey and Tyler Sievert (21st and 22nd) not far behind. Bryce Cameron (19:04) and Colin Bachinski (19:17) ran personal bests as well.

Thanks to the Manistee News Advocate for the photos.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Chris Grabowksi Memorial - 2 trophies!

After a week of great weather, rain returned to Manistee, but it didn't slow down the Chip XC teams, as the girls took first and the boys took second at the Chris Grabowski Memorial Invitational. Six high schools competed in the competition. The girls took first over second place Hart, while the boys were second to Kingsley. The MS girls took first place in their race.

Kelly Schubert set a new course record (18:55) while taking first for the ladies. Annie Fuller was second (20:10) and Eva Guillen was fourth (21:23). All of the other girls on the team ran their best times ever for the home course. Jarret Deisch was 3rd overall, leading the boys, followed by Tyler Sievert (6th 18:37) and Jonny Bailey (7th 19:02). The other boys on the team ran their best home course times as well.

Complete results here.

With just 2 weeks until the regional meet, the season is winding down, but the Chips are heading in the right direction!

Thanks to Matt Wenzel and the Manistee News Advocate for the photos.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Jingle Bell Jog 5K 2011

The annual Jingle Bell Jog 5K, a fundraiser for Manistee area cross-country, is scheduled for December 3rd this year. The race will be held, once again, at New Kennedy Elementary, with a course through Manistee neighborhoods as we celebrate Victorian Christmas and Old Sleighbell weekend. Race time is 10 am, entry is $15 ($20 on race day.) Participants receive a specially designed stocking cap with entry.

Click here for a race form!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

4 medalists at Spartan Invite! (And 2 at West Shore!)

What a weekend! The majority of the Chippewa team made the trip to East Lansing on Friday, home of the MSU Spartan Invite and thousands of runners competing in an afternoon of races. After watching Manistee alum run the college mens' race, the Chip girls (minus Kelly) racing in the White race, made up of mostly D3 and D4 schools (though I saw a few class A schools mixed in there too!) After trailing 2 all-state runners for most of the meet, freshman Annie Fuller kicked it into high gear with 250 meters to go and emerged the champion in the race with an outstanding time of 18:26! Eva Guillen dropped her time by nearly 2 minutes and also took a medal, running 20:33! Ashley, Sophie, and Courtney also ran season bests, with Sarah not far behind. Minus team captain Kelly, the girls took 10th of 35 schools! Nice Job!

The boys didn't want to be outdone, as 6 of 7 guys also ran season best times, led by Jarret D's medal winning 15th place time of 16:59. Jonny, Tyler, Colin, Austin M, and Nick (broke 19!) ran SB's, with Bryce not far behind. The boys were 15th of 32 schools.

Finally, the girls elite race, with the top-ranked teams and runners in the state racing together. Kelly S ran a blistering time of 18:16, finishing 7th in the fastest race in Michigan so far this year. Way to go Chips!

On Saturday, Austin F and Zach K got their chance to race at the Ludington Invite, joined by 4 hearty guys who showed up to race for the second straight day. Despite pacing teammates for the first two miles, Tyler S and Jonny B ended up with medals, running even faster (by 30-40 seconds!) than they did on the same course last year. Austin F was 3 and a half minutes faster than last year. Nice improvement!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

2nd place at Hill and Bale

The Chippewa teams hurdled the competition Saturday, with both boys and girls taking home second place trophies at the Fremont Hill and Bale Invitational. Kelly S and Annie F took home 1st and 2nd overall, respectively, while Eva G, Courtney S, Ashley T, and Sophie S also took home medals. For the boys, Jarret D led the way with an 8th place overall finish, while Jonny B and Tyler S placed with medals too.

Complete results on the Hill and Bale website. Next up - MSU on Friday, with Ludington Saturday!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Chips bring home hardware from Manton!

The MHS XC teams combined to take 2nd overall Wednesday at the Manton Fox & Hound Invitational, but they brought home the first place trophy! A scoring error led to the Chips initially being announced as meet champions, but after the jubilant Chips returned to the team bus the error was spotted. Out of the 12 schools racing, Manistee took 2nd behind GTA, besting Evart, Kingsley, Manton, and TCSF, to name a few teams.

All 8 girls racing finished with medals, with PR's from Annie Fuller (19:19), Eva Guillen (22:14), Sarah Chandler (22:57), Courtney Stefanski (23:02), and Julia Scherlin (24:36). Many boys ran their season best times, with PR's from Jonny Bailey (18:25), Nick Veine (19:01), Colin Bachinski (19:33), Bryce Cameron (20:11), and Zach Kopfman (22:05). Team results here.

Next up is the Fremont Hill & Bale on Saturday!

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Soaked at Brethren

We only had a small MHS representation at the Brethren Days 5K this year, but it was a memorable race! A steady downpour and the rumble of thunder in the distance gave this race some extra character. Sophomore Nick Veine finished 4th overall in the annual 5K run in 19:41, finishing just 6 seconds behind coach Thuemmel. Coach Guzikowski was 13th, his time of 22:06 not too shabby considering he was in the middle of working 3 shifts in 32 hours! Several other Manistee grads and supporters got soaked racing as well. Next year is the 15th annual running of this Labor Day weekend event.

XC team - practice Monday at 4:30, school and our regular practice schedule starts Tuesday. Meets this week Wednesday (at Manton - girls race starts at 5pm) and Saturday (at Fremont - the Hill and Bale - girls run at 9am.) Link to info on the Fremont race here.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Records broken at opening meets

At least 3 cross-country records have been broken by Manistee's team in just the first two meets of the year!

Running in their opening meet at the 40-school Benzie Central Eldon "Pete" Moss Invitational, the Chippewa girls took 9th of 13 schools in the large school "Red" division, while the boys finished 13th of 14 schools in that same division.

Leading the way was Kelly Schubert with a time of 17:56, defeating defending D3 state champion Ali Weirsma of Allendale by 2 seconds. Both girls broke the 10 year-old previous course record of 18:02, held by a former D1 champion. Annie Fuller ran a great time of 19:50 to take 9th place. She was followed by Sophie Shriver (22:23), Sarah Chandler (23:00), Ashley Tomaszewski (23:10), Eva Guillen (23:25), Courtney Stefanski (23:40), and Julia Scherlin (25:10). 5 of those girls were running their first high school race! Complete girls varsity results here.

The boys were led by Jarret Deisch's 27th place finish (17:28). Jonny Bailey (18:37), Nick Veine (19:10), and Colin Bachinski (19:56) followed with PR times. Also running was Austin Fancher (20:07), Bryce Cameron (20:39), Austin Minx (20:41), Zak Kopfman (22:13), and Sander Karnazes (26:15). Complete boys varsity results here.

On August 30th, the teams opened their home season racing against Mason County Central and Mason County Eastern. The girls emerged victorious with a decisive victory as 7 girls finished in the top 10. Kelly Schubert's winning time of 19:42 was a new home course record (as well as a senior record), while Annie Fuller's 2nd place time of 20:57 broke Kelly's old freshman course record by 44 seconds.

The boys took 2nd of the 3 teams, narrowly being defeated by defending regional champ MCC by only 3 points. Manistee's top 5 runners finished before MCC's, but the Chips couldn't overcome MCC taking 1st, 3rd, and 5th individually. Leading the way with a strong 2nd place performance was Jarret Deisch (17:54), while senior Tyler Sievert was 4th in 19:30, his best showing on the MHS course.

Thanks to the Manistee News Advocate for the team pictures above - you can find all their pictures (and order copies) for Benzie and the home meet by clicking the links!

Labor Day weekend: Brethen Days 5K is Saturday 9am for those that are up for it! You may see coach Guz and coach Thuemmel there. We are off practice until Monday (4:30-6 pm, MHS), but you are not off training! Be sure to get a good long run in this weekend as well as several steady mid-distance (3-5 miles) runs. Don't forget school starts Tuesday!

MHS XC 2011 Season Begins!

The Manistee HS 2011 Cross-country season is underway! About 20 high school athletes from the Manistee area have been busy running the streets, beaches, and trails in the Manistee area for the last few weeks. Recently we attended our team camp at PJ Hoffmaster State Park near Muskegon - thanks to Mr. + Mrs. Deisch and Mr. Fancher for chaperoning, thanks to all parents who packed gear and drove kids to and from camp, and thanks especially to TES Filer for helping pay for camp! We had a great time!

In case you were wondering - the kids in the top pictures are busy playing the "frozen T-shirt" game!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Manistee Fall 2011 XC season begins

The 2011 Manistee / MCC HS Cross-country season begins Wednesday, August 10th, with practice starting at 8 am at Manistee High School. All participants need a doctor's physical on file before participating. Contact Coach Thuemmel at with any questions.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Firecracker 2011 Results

Firecracker 5K 2011 results are in. Please alert us if there are any errors.

Pictures - coming soon!

Thanks for all of you who helped and thank you to all of the runners! We had over 400 racers - a new record, and nearly 100 more than last year!

Thanks to our sponsors!
*Callesen and Associates
*Parkdale Animal Hospital
*Dr. Marian Fuller, OB/GYN
*Drs. Veach and Allen, Optometry
*Sports Ink
*Snyder's Shoes

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The Firecracker 5K is coming!

The Annual Manistee Firecracker 5K will be held July 2nd, 2011.
Race times are 8am (1K Fun Run) and 8:15am (5K Run/Walk).
Early registration is now closed, but you can still register on race day at MHS from 6:45-7:30am.
Cost is $25 5K Run/Walk, $15 1K Fun Run. Registration includes T-shirt.

Find more information and an entry form here:

Manistee Firecracker 5K info and entry form

5K Race Course

1K Fun Run Course

Sunday, May 15, 2011

HAM it Up 5K results

A small crowd braved a cool and drizzly morning on May 14th, 2011, to participate in the 3rd annual HAM it Up 5K Run/Walk, kicking off the Healthy Active Manistee week festivities. Jay Shillinger of Ludington was the overall winner in 19:38 while Sinead McCann of Manistee was the first female finisher in 26:04. Dale Moody was the male masters' winner (20:39) while Ann Smith and Rita McCann were the top female masters' runners, both crossing the finish line in 27:51. Proceeds from the event supported the Manistee area track and field programs.

Complete list of finishers:

1 Jay Shillinger 19:38.71
2 Dale Moody 20:39.16
3 Nick Callesen 23:02.84
4 Phil Guzikowski 23:06.79
5 Kirk Myers 23:23.16
6 Jayden Dewitt 23:29.89
7 Sinead McCann 26:04.16
8 Ann Smith 27:51.01
9 Rita McCann 27:51.30
10 Rose Schaubroeck 28:08.24
11 Cassie Harthun 28:58.20
12 Kennedy Kibbey 29:17.36
13 Tiffany Smith 29:19.45
14 Barbara Walter 30:14.30
15 Gary Sielski 30:35.80
16 Haley Myers 30:57.46
17 Lucy Gagstetter 31:02.89
18 Ryan Sullivan 33:42.26
19 Kris Johnson 34:40.61
20 Connor Leach 36:01.49
21 Linda Devries 37:42.77
22 Dakota Johnson 37:54.61
23 Isabelle Berger 37:59.00
24 Jacqueline Loundes 38:46.38
25 Sally Sowsel 39:00.00
26 Lisa Fragomeli 41:02.23
27 Taylor Myers 41:32.87
28 Chris Myers 41:33.60
29 Heather Vasquez 50:16.12
30 Lisa Senters 50:16.32
31 Mary Gosseh 1:01:05.6

Sunday, April 17, 2011

MHS T+F 2011 Results

The writer of this blog is taking a sabbatical from T+F coaching this spring, but I'll still keep running updates going! Follow how the Manistee HS / Manistee Cath. Cent. team is doing this season by clicking on

Thursday, March 17, 2011

HAM it UP 5K!

The 3rd annual H.A.M. it UP 5K run is coming this May 14th. Click the link for an entry form!

HAM it UP 5K

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Spring / Summer 5K Racing in Manistee

5K races in the Manistee area for this year are in the planning stages. Right now the HAM it Up 5K is scheduled to be run on May 14th, while the Firecracker 5K is scheduled for July 2nd. Stay tuned for entry forms and details - they'll be posted as soon as we have them.

Manistee 2011 XC Schedule in Progress

The 2011 MHS Cross-country season is still 5 months away, but the schedule is already being planned. Check back for updates - this is a work in progress.