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Rudyard boys, Chassell girls win in Upper Peninsula Division 3 cross country titles

Newberry's Abigail Smithson approaches the finish line as the 31st-place finish during the Division 3 girls race at the MHSAA Upper Peninsula Cross Country Finals held Saturday at Gentz's Homestead Golf Course near Harvey. (Journal photo by Trinity Carey)

HARVEY — On a windy afternoon, schools from opposite ends of the Upper Peninsula breezed their way to MHSAA U.P. Division 3 Cross Country Finals titles Saturday at Gentz’s Homestead Golf Course.

On the boys side, Rudyard finished on top with 72 points.

Dollar Bay was second with 93 and Brimley finished a close third with 96. Jeffers (fourth, 101) and Chassell (fifth, 115) rounded out the top five in the 11-team race.

Brimley’s Austin Plotkin was individual champion, finishing in 17:20.7.

Thomas Bohn of Cedarville took second, Brimley’s Cameron Hoornstra finished third, Ewen-Trout Creek’s Nik Thomas took fourth and Hayden Mills of Rudyard finished fifth.

In the girls meet, Chassell won with 36 points, well ahead of second place Mid Peninsula (73).

This was the Panthers’ third straight title and fifth in six years. Cedarville took third (90), Newberry fourth (98) and Stephenson fifth (111) in the seven-team event.

Mid Peninsula’s Landry Koski won the individual title in 21:31.2, almost 11 seconds ahead of Cedarville’s Lilianna Cason. Koski’s teammate Daisy Englund finished third, Pickford’s Natalie Miller was fourth and Chassell’s Kamryn Sohlden took fifth.

Pickford didn’t field a full team in the race.

Ryan Stieg can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 252. His email address is rstieg@miningjournal.net.