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Munising dominant at SC cross country invite

September 10, 2012
By JOHN VRANCIC , Escanaba Daily Press

EBEN - Munising finished as runner-up at Saturday's Superior Central Invitational.

The meet marked the coaching debut of Superior Central's Nora Kiilunen.

"The kids have been great about helping me in my first year," she said. "We're learning from each other. This was a good opener for us."

Norway's boys captured the title with 40 points, followed by the Mustangs with 42 and Hancock 44.

Munising freshman Brett Hannah was the individual winner (18:57), followed by teammate Izaak Mahoski (19:20) and Hancock's Jacob Jarvis (20:01) on this seasonably cool day which included sunshine, clouds and a little bit of rain.

"I guess this is sort of a confidence boost," Hannah said. "I try to work the hills because those are my strength. I like these conditions. I thought this was a perfect day for running."

Munising won the girls meet with 26 points, followed by Hancock with 36 and Norway 87.

"Our girls were solid again," Munising coach Fran DesArmo said. "They were disappointed in their times, but those tend to be slower here. This was a good experience for them."

Hancock junior Erin McKenzie won in 23:10, followed by Munising's Anna Baij (23:33) and Emily DesJardins (23:43).

"We've been training a lot on hills and I think that helped us today," McKenzie said. "There's a pretty big hill on this course and that's where I got a little separation."

North Central's Bryce Holle won the jayvee race, which also included five Munising boys, in 23:11.



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