Ishpeming Hematites cross country boys’ depth rules at Munising Invitational

MUNISING — Ishpeming grabbed four of the top six places to capture its fifth straight boys title at the Munising Invitational high school cross country meet held at the Valley Spur Cross Country trails on Tuesday.

The Hematites scored just 27 points for a big victory over runner-up Marinette, Wisconsin, which had 69. Newberry was third with 110, followed by Cheboygan with 133 and Escanaba 164. Westwood was seventh with 187 and the host Mustangs 12th with 297.

“We have about 10 runners who are varsity caliber,” Ishpeming coach P.J. Pruett said. “Our No. 6 and 7 guys battled for fifth, which helped us a lot. Our depth made a difference. Marinette’s 1-2-3 runners are pretty good.”

The Marinette girls were repeat winners with 55, followed by Menominee with 86, Kingsford 104, Ishpeming 116 and Westwood 120. Host Munising was sixth with 156 and Newberry ninth with 188.

Marinette senior Carson Polomis was the boys’ winner on a cloudy, cool and windy day. He covered the 3.1-mile course in 17 minutes, 3 seconds. He was followed by Ishpeming’s Spencer Giroux (17:32) in second and Jonah Broberg (17:46) third.

“The kid from Ishpeming (Giroux) was a good motivator,” Polomis said. “He stayed with me until the first part of the hill. I don’t look back and never knew how close he was. I just knew I had to keep going. I’m happy with my time.”

The Hematites’ Jordan Longtine was fifth in 18:27 and teammate Silas Broberg sixth in 18:31.

Newberry was led by senior Evan Griffis in eighth (18:50) and sophomore Ephram Evans was 10th (18:54). The Indians host an invitational Saturday.

“This was a perfect day for running,” Griffis said. “We lucked out with the weather. I was real happy with my time. When I saw the hills, I wasn’t sure how it would work out.”

Marinette junior Katelyn Kitsinger was the girls’ winner at 20:43, followed by Munising senior Madeleine Peramaki (21:17), teammate Kim Carviou (21:39) and Menominee’s Katie Anderla (21:49).

“I was open to anything,” Kitzinger said. “I wasn’t nervous. I was more excited. I wasn’t sure how fast the other girls were, but after a quarter-mile I took the lead. I like the weather. I’m happy the rain held off. I think this is a motivator for the rest of the season.”

Kingsford’s Lily Menghini took fifth (21:55) and teammate Sarah Kulas was seventh (22:20).

“It’s nice that we have Lily and Sarah working together and pushing each other,” Kingsford coach Dan Carey said. “We have a lot of young kids on the team and we’re trying different things. Only, I wish we had more boys. Overall, we’re happy with how everything went for the first meet.”

Westwood’s Hannah Mattila was eighth in 22:25.