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!