Onaway boys, Posen girls win P.I. track championships

POSEN-For the past 12 years, the Onaway boys track team has been tough to beat at the Presque Isle Championships.

Not much changed on Monday as the Cardinals won the event for the 13th year in a row, finishing with 236 points. Rogers City was second (94) and Posen was third (57).

Posen’s girls track team topped the field with 171 points, edging Rogers City, which had 152. Onaway was third with 85.

A steady rain gave way to a downpour late in the meet and a few flashes of lightning caused the meet to end with three events left.

Joe Traynham and Joe O’Bradovich had three first-place finishes each for the Cardinals, who paced the field in 13 events.

“It’s nice to have good numbers out and good quality kids too. We’ve had a lot of spots, where we’ve got a lot of talent and we’ve got a lot of spots where hard work has created talent,” Onaway coach Marty Mix said. “We’ve had a nice group there, that’s come to practice every day, put the time in and worked hard.”

Traynham swept the distance events, winning the 800 run (2:22.86), 1600 run (4:58.60) and 3200 run. O’Bradovich won the 400 dash (57.78), shot put (35-10 1/2) and high jump (5-2).

Jason Sigsby won the 300 hurdles (50.64) and long jump (16-7) and was second in the high jump (5-0) for Onaway. Jamal Porter won the 100 hurdles (20.71).

Onaway also swept the relays, winning the 400 relay (50.32), 800 relay (1:46.20), 1600 relay and 3200 relay (10:34.83).

Chris Lopez took two firsts for Rogers City, winning the 100 dash (12.08) and 200 dash (24.35).

Eric Rice won the discus for Posen (100-8 1/2) and Warren Beach took second in the 400 dash (59.0) and 1600 run (5:00.54).

Other finishers for Posen were: Aaron Jakey in the long jump (15-9 3/4); Anthony Freske in the discus (3rd, 87-0) and Rice in the shot put (2nd, 34-10).

Other finishers for Onaway were: Rich Hoff in the 200 dash (2nd, 25.77); Noah Bacon in 800 run (2nd, 2:26.84); Eli Godsey in the 800 run (3rd, 2:29.59); Preston Badgero in the 3200 run (2nd); Andrew Haske in the 3200 run (3rd), the long jump (3rd, 14-7), the 100 hurdles (2nd, 20.75) and the 300 hurdles (3rd, 1:00.19); Cody Morell in the 300 hurdles (2nd, 56.71), discus (2nd, 99-7) and 100 hurdles (3rd, 22.84) and Porter in the 100 dash (3rd, 12.43)

Other finishers for Rogers City were: Aaron Romel in the 200 dash (3rd, 26.16) and the 100 dash (2nd, 12.22); the 1600 relay team (2nd); Jacob Sobeck in the 400 dash (3rd, 1:04.67); the 400 relay team (2nd, 51.18); Daniel Pflug in the 1600 run (3rd, 5:40.20); the 800 relay team (2nd, 1:57.59); the 3200 relay team (2nd, 11:13.34) and Chrys Hogg in the shot put (3rd, 33-7).

The Vikings’ girls team took 11 firsts and Korynn Hincka led Posen with three firsts, winning the high jump (4-4), 1600 run (5:53.98) and the 100 dash (13.92).

Lindsay Randall won two events for Posen: the 400 dash (1:07.66) and 200 dash (29.20).

Other firsts for Posen included Kari Ataman in the 300 hurdles (57.01), Lea Peyer in the 800 run (2:45.18), Kristina Wisniewski in the shot put (31-3 1/2) and Alex Werth in the long jump (12-2).

Some of the times and distances may have slipped a little due to less than ideal conditions, but the Vikings left the meet pleased with what they accomplished.

“It’s pretty exciting. We’ve won a few this year and with this one we just threw some things together and had fun with it, did some different things. We’re pretty happy with what they did accomplish,” Posen coach Tammy Hincka said. “It was crazy and hectic, but we got it all in until the two-mile. It was as smooth as it could be with the weather and we’ll take it.”

Megan Quaine took first in the 100 hurdles (19.87) for Rogers City and the Hurons also won the 1600 relay.

Madison Nash won the discus for Onaway (76-10) and Hannah Materna won the 3200 run. Onaway also won the 3200 relay (11:49.03).

Other top finishers for Posen were: the 1600 relay team (2nd); Peyer in the 1600 run (2nd, 6:06.61) and the long jump (3rd, 11-11); the 3200 relay team (3rd, 12:37.93); Kelsey Jakubcin in the shot put (2nd, 26-0); Wisniewski in the discus (2nd, 67-10); Ataman in the 100 hurdles (2nd, 20.01); the 400 relay team (1st, 1:00.11) and the 800 relay team (1st, 2:07.43).

Other top finishers for Onaway were: the 400 relay team (2nd, 1:00.07); Madeline Sayers in the 400 dash (3rd, 1:17) and Elise Arkwood in the 800 run (3rd, 2:57).

Other top finishers for Rogers City were: Victoria Bullock in the 200 dash (2nd, 30.49) and the long jump (2nd, 12-0 3/4); Sami Bober in the 200 dash (3rd, 31.18); Alysse Hempel in 3200 run (2nd); the 400 relay team (3rd, 1:39); Bailey Andrzejewski in the 1600 run (3rd, 6:21.21); Cynthia Kerr in the 100 dash (2nd, 14:51), Jenna Kaszubowski (3rd, 15.44), the high jump (2nd, 4-2) and the discus (3rd, 65-0 1/2); Amber Pilarski in the 400 dash (2nd, 1:13.08); Quaine in the 300 hurdles (59.66) and the shot put (3rd, 25-7); Maddie Steiger in the 300 hurdles (3rd, 1:06.26) and the 100 hurdles (3rd, 20.75); the 3200 relay team (2nd, 11:51.04) and the 800 relay team (2nd, 2:09.64).

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