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Manistique boys win own high school cross country meet

MANISTIQUE — The Manistique boys kept a championship trophy at home here Wednesday, earning top honors in their own invitational cross country meet.

Manistique, placing four runners among the top eight, scored 30 points. The Emeralds were followed by Engadine 53 and Mid Peninsula 58.

“That was exciting,” Emeralds’ coach Rebekah Gilroy said. “We’ve had a lot of minor injuries lately and took it easy in practice this week.”

The Mid Pen girls, taking four of the top six spots, won with 25. Superior Central edged Munising 65 to 66 for runner-up.

Manistique senior Alex Misniakiewicz won the boys’ 3.1-mile race at the Schoolcraft County Fairgrounds in 19 minutes, 43.9 seconds despite running with a pinched nerve on this cloudy, cool and breezy day.

“In the beginning, I felt strong,” he said. “I also felt strong on the uphills, but I could feel the pinched nerve on the downhills.

“This was my last home meet. I wanted to try to help Manistique get its first ‘W’ for the year.”

Engadine senior Hunter Sapp was runner-up (20:03.4), followed by teammate Conrad Spieles (20:17.9).

MId Pen junior Daisy Englund took the girls’ race at 21:24.8, followed by sophomore teammate Landry Koski (22:10.9) and Munising’s Hattie Cota (24:08.2).

“The hills were very difficult,” Englund said. “Once you got on top it felt like you were running at a walking pace. It was still hard on the downhill because your feet were going pretty deep into the sand.”