Schyler Anderson, Ashley McDonald lead Manistique Emeralds at Web Morrison Invitational track and field

PICKFORD — Junior Schyler Anderson helped the Manistique boys stay in contention Wednesday as they placed second in the Web Morrison Invitational track meet in Pickford.

The Panthers, coached by Manistique graduate Garde Kangas, edged the Emeralds 122-109 for the title. Third-place Cedarville scored 77 points.

Anderson was a triple winner, taking the 400-meter dash in 54.88 seconds, shot put at 38 feet, 10 inches, and discus with 136-3. He was runner-up in the 100 on a cloudy and chilly day.

“We just had a good showing at home yesterday (runner-up in Tuesday’s Manistique Invite),” said first-year Emeralds’ coach Cody Kangas (Garde’s brother). “We were a little tired from yesterday’s meet, but Schyler came back with a strong showing. We had a couple (personal records) and this was not an easy day to do it.”

Anderson, however, appeared to injure his hamstring while edging Rudyard’s Maxwell Trotter on a lean in the 400.

Junior teammate Alex Misniakiewicz anchored the winning 3,200 relay and placed second in the 800 and 1600.

The Pickford girls also won with 139 points with Manistique fourth with 75.

Senior Ashley McDonald led the Manistique girls with firsts in high jump (4-6) and pole vault (6-6).

“We had Ashley stop after she won pole vault and high jump,” said Emeralds’ coach Amy Nixon. “We didn’t want to risk an injury. Today wasn’t a good day to go after PRs.”

Taking second for the Emeralds were senior Cat King in pole vault, juniors Emilee McDaniel in the 800 and Lenna Smith in high jump and Ashlyn Eslinger in shot put.