Saturday, December 8, 2012

Jingle Bell Jog 5K - Great weather, great crowd, great race!

Festive 5k attire

The start!

Check out those costumes!

Even dogs got into the act
Some happy finishers
Two of our top walkers - a mother / son duo!

The 5th annual Manistee Jingle Bell Jog was held December 8th, 2012.  Over 140 runners and walkers took part in the annual event, held during the Manistee Old Victorian Christmas weekend.  Overall winners were none other than Sinter Klass (John Lipa of Ludington - second straight year) and Annie Fuller of Manistee.  Top walkers were Gary Chisolm and Marilyn Gross.

Thanks to the Manistee News Advocate and Nick Veine for the pictures.

Overall Results

Men's Results

Women's Results

Thanks to all of our participants and sponsors for your support!  Manistee's cross-country teams are grateful for your contributions to our programs.

Lisa Fragomeli
Morton Salt Co.
Millwright Services Inc.
Boehm Family Chiropractic
Wendy's of Manistee
Watson's Manistee Chrysler
Parkdale Animal Hospital
Linke's Body Shop
Hogan Plumbing & Heating
Gockerman Wilson Saylor & Heslin PC 
Yates Chevrolet
Ed Kriskywicz - Construction Design Inc
Colleen Kenny
BJ Patulski
Maryann Yonkman
Sports Ink
Veach & Allen PC
Ed & Marge Grabowski
Snyder's Shoes
Cindy Swan-Eagan
Mary Sturdevant - State Farm
Dale Priester - State Farm
Olson Lumber Co.
Bill's Place - Stronach
Boyer Agency
Bloomer's Flower Shop
Maureen Barry
Coldwell Banker
Paul & Sherri Wehrmeister
Mary Jo Solwold
Herbert Funeral Home
Smith & Eddy Insurance
Sara Linke
Tim Shively
Ron Blevins
Going Places Tour & Travel
Vincent's Ice Cream Parlor
Vicki Sawhill, NP
Ann Froncek
Carol Slivika
Chow's Kitchen
Roger Jones
Janet Rozmarek
Mary Owens
Deb Pieczyinski
Cheryl Griffin
Sara Kruiger
Kathy Zajac
Doug Aultman
Mary Lou Rozmarek
Danielle Hoffman
Nancy Day

Friday, October 26, 2012

Wet feet, Hot times at Manistee National

The Chip girls took 3rd and the boys took 4th in the large school division at the 3rd annual Manistee National Invitational on Saturday Oct. 20th.

More details coming...

Friday, October 19, 2012

Manistee Jingle Bell Jog 2012 approaches!

The 5th annual Manistee Jingle Bell Jog 5K Run/Walk is scheduled for Dec. 8th, 2012.  Once again held at Manistee's Kennedy Elementary, the race will go through the snowy streets of Manistee, with runners wearing Jingle Bells on their shoes as they travel through neighborhoods decorated for the season.  This race helps support the Manistee Cross-country team - we've purchased new uniforms and funded trips to the Portage Invitational thanks to this race!  Plan to be there!

 Printable race form

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Chris Grabowski Invitational 2012

Nearly 80 boys in the first race

Andrew and Austin M thru the snake pit

Jonny heads to a record!
The Manistee boys and girls XC teams ran to 2nd and 3rd place, respectively, in the 8 school field of the 2012 Chris Grabowski Memorial Invitational.  Hosted by Manistee and named for the late Chippewa state finalist, the meet was run in cool, windy conditions, but thankfully the rain stopped just prior to the first race.

The Chip boys, led by Jarret Deisch's 7th place 18:05, got their first trophy of the year by finishing second to state-ranked MCC.  Jonny Bailey got his name on the school's record board, as his time of 18:14 makes him the 5th fastest Chip boy all-time on their home course behind MHS.

The Chip girls had some outstanding times on their way to 3rd place.  Annie Fuller continued her winning ways, taking her 4th straight race with a sophomore record time of 19:07.  Ashley Lindeman's 3rd place time of 20:11 was only 1 second off of Fuller's freshman record time, and it makes her the 3rd fast Chip girl on the home course.  Most of the runners, boys and girls, ran their fastest times ever at home, despite the nasty weather.
Ashley and Annie lead the way

Sophie and Courtney aren't far behind!

Tyla to the finish!

The Chips run next Saturday at Manistee National.  Pictures are courtesy of the Manistee News Advocate.

Complete results here

Pictures from MNA

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Chips take Portage - Fuller takes 1st!

The Manistee Chips ran at the Portage Invitational on Saturday, Oct 6th, competing in the largest meet in the state.  It was a fantastic day for the Chips, as virtually the entire team ran their season best times!  Annie Fuller cruised to the D3 individual title in a new PR time of 18:10, while Ashley Lindeman finished 25th in 19:44, leading the girls team to a 10th place finish out of nearly 40 schools!  The boys finished 12th, led by Jarret Deisch's 17:05 34th place finish.

Other runners with PR's included Kaitlin Helminski (over a 2 minute drop!), Tyla Tarnowski, Mallory Stefanski, and Eduardo Mattos (over 1:30 faster than before!), and Alex Lindeman (21st in the JV race - 19:01).

Complete Manistee Results here

Photos from the website here

Bonus - interview with Annie from!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Chips travel to Oiler Invite

The Manistee Chippewa XC teams hit the road for an invitational in Mt. Pleasant on Tuesday Oct. 2nd.    The Chip girls finished 3rd while the boys were 6th in the 8 team meet, which featured very tough competition from 4 state-ranked teams and several class A schools.

Annie Fuller set the meet record for the girls, taking 1st in 18:39, while Ashley Lindeman was 3rd in 20:07.  Sophie Shriver was also a medalist, taking 14th in 21:31.  Courtney, Kelsey, and Kaitlin ran season best times.
For the boys, Jarret Deisch's 10th place finish in a season best 17:33 led the way, while Bryce Cameron was 17th with a PR time of 17:49. Nick Veine also medaled, taking 21st in 18:01.  Alex L ran a personal best time of 20:14.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Chips return to racing at home

After a 10 day break from racing, the Manistee Chips were back in action at home on Tuesday Sept 25th.  Racing against Traverse City St. Francis and Mason County Eastern, the chips boys ran to victory 17-46 over TCSF, while the girls narrowly lost to the #5 ranked D4 Glads 28-29.  

Jarret Deisch was the first overall boy to finish, while Annie Fuller ran to first in a time of 19:31, the fastest ever on the Manistee course by anyone other than record-holder Kelly Schubert.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Busy Weekend of Races at MSU & WSCC

The Chip XC team had two races this weekend, first at MSU on Friday and then at WSCC for the Ludington Invitational on Saturday.
Courtney sprints past her fans at MSU

Kelsey keeps pace
Annie and Ashley on the trophy stand

MSU ice cream rocks!
On Friday at MSU, the boys team took 9th while the girls were 18th of 33 D2 and D3 teams at MSU.  Jarret Deisch (17:46) was the first Chip finisher for the boys, while Bryce Cameron (18:11) and Andrew Solberg (19:34) both ran PR's.  Annie Fuller (5th-19:16) and Ashley Lindeman (23rd - 20:09 PR!) ended up on the awards stand for the Chip girls.
Alex tries to pass Jacob at WSCC

Teammates work together!

On Saturday Alex Lindeman led the boys on the tough WSCC course to a 54th place finish.  Eduardo Mattos ran his first race (28:14) while the Kaitlin Helminski and teammates ran a well-paced race for the girls.

MSU results

Ludington results

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Fuller First at Ferris

Annie Fuller took 1st and Ashley Lindeman 4th as the Manistee Chippewa girls and boys cross-country teams both finished 3rd at the "Ray Helsing" Bulldog Invitational at Ferris State University Sept. 8.  Jarret Deisch was the first boy, finishing 8th in 17:51.

8 Chip girls ran season best times, as did 5 of the guys.  The teams competed against several Division I and II schools.  Next meets are at MSU (9-14) and West Shore CC (9-15).

Results from FSU website

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

2012 season off to fast start

The boys love Mrs. Veine's cookies!
Awaiting the start
Ashley kicks it in
Austin Fancher practices his passing skills

 The MHS 2012 XC campaign kicked off Aug 25th at the Pete Moss / Benzie Early Invitational.  With hot (upper 80's) and dusty conditions, the Chips raced well against some state ranked teams.  The boys ran to 15th of 21 schools in the red (large school) division, while the girls were 14th of 20.  Annie Fuller finished 11th to be the lone Chippewa medalist, while PR's were achieved by Jonny Bailey (17:33) and Nick Veine (17:56).  Also running PR's were first time HS runners Andrew Solberg, Alex Lindeman, Jacob Stefanski, Ashely Lindeman, Kelsey Harrigan, Mallory Stefanski, and Kaitlin Helminski!  Great job, runners!

Complete results here

News Advocate Pictures here

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Manistee XC 2012

Watch this space for all the info on the 2012 Manistee HS / MCC XC season.

2012 HS Meet Schedule

August 2012 Practice Schedule

Manistee XC records for the past 10 years

Pre-season conditioning:
Mondays 5pm MHS
Wednesdays 5pm 1st St. Beach
Fridays 8am MHS

Conditioning lasts about 45 minutes.  1st day of official practice is Wednesday Aug 8th.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

2012 Manistee Firecracker 5K Results

Great weather and turn out for today's Firecracker 5K!  After sweltering all week long, the weather finally broke and we got breezes and cooler temperatures for today's races.

Overall 5K results

5K Age Group Results

5K finish line photos

Fun Run Finish line photos

Thanks to our sponsors:
Sports Ink and Lucky Lizard Awards
Parkdale Animal Hospital
Dr. Veach & Allen - Optometry
Dr. Marian Fuller
Snyder's Shoes
Lisa Fragomeli

Thanks to all of you who helped out today too!  We couldn't do this without you.
Photos courtesy of the Manistee News Advocate (purchase copies here) and video courtesy of MichianaTiming.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Manistee Firecracker 5K 2012

Get ready for the best Manistee Firecracker 5K ever this summer!  This year's race, held during the annual Manistee Forest Festival, takes place Saturday, July 7th, beginning with the 1K fun run at 8:00 am and the 5K run/walk following at 8:15.  Starting at Manistee High School, run through quiet, tree-lined neighborhoods to Manistee's newly remodeled 1st St. Beach waterfront on newly paved streets.  You'll be sure to run your fastest time of the year!

Race entry includes a specially designed T-shirt.  Trophies will be awarded to the top overall finishers in the run/walk as well as for the top masters (over 40).  Also 3 age-group medals for each of 15 different age categories in the run/walk will be awarded, while every finisher in the fun run gets a medal!

The annual race is organized by the Manistee Track & Field and Cross-Country teams, with all proceeds supporting their programs.
You can register in several ways:

Online through Michianatiming

Printable race form  - through mail

Saturday, May 19, 2012

HAM it Up 5K 2012 Results

Over 50 runners and walkers enjoyed the sunshine and warm weather to participate in the 2012 HAM it Up 5K, kicking off Healthy, Active, Manistee Week.  Nick Veine of Manistee was the first finisher in 18:54, while Kayleigh Shillinger of Ludington was the first woman in 20:59.

Complete results here.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

HAM it Up 5K 2012

The HAM it Up 5K returns May 19th, 2012 at 9am. This fun run / walk takes place at Manistee High School and supports the MHS track fund!

Friday, March 23, 2012

Spring / Summer racing heats up

The H.A.M. it Up 5K (May 19th) and the Manistee Firecracker 5K (July 7th) will return again this year. Complete details will be forthcoming. Watch this space for more information!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Indoor track heats up for Chips

With the start of the 2012 track season just weeks away, a few Chips had the chance to run at the GVSU indoor meet this past weekend, part of the MITS indoor track series.

Kelly Schubert got to run in the first elite mile indoor race ever, taking 8th place (5:03) against a field that included 6 of the top 12 times run in the NATION so far this year! The CMU-bound runner also took 2nd in the 3200M run with a PR of 11:03. She will run in the indoor track state finals this weekend at Eastern Michigan.

Junior Courtney Stefanski also turned in some great times, including a PR in the 60M High Hurdles (11.6). Great job runners!

Pictures courtesy of Gazelle Sports.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Winter Running Opportunities 2012

We finally have snow on the ground in the Manistee area - just in time for the new year. Several area runners rang in the new year at the Resolution Run in Ludington on New Year's Eve - congratulations to Kelly Schubert for 1st place in the women's division! Here's some races in the Manistee vicinity to keep you active this winter:

Good luck staying in shape this winter!