Girls team depth, boys race winner Carson VanderSchaaf lead Marquette to cross country wins
IRON MOUNTAIN — Marquette used superior depth up and down its lineup to overcome two elite Houghton runners for the girls team victory at the Kingsford Invitational high school cross country meet on Tuesday.
Despite Gremlins junior Ingrid Seagren winning and junior teammate Paige Sleeman finishing fourth, the Redettes scored 50 points to 66 for Houghton.
Kingsford finished with 68 points while Negaunee had 97 as eight schools posted team scores and four others also brought runners.
That’s because all five of Marquette’s scorers finished in the top 16 and even their sixth runner was 17th.
Leading MSHS was senior Olivia Moffitt as runner-up in 21 minutes, 31.7 seconds, about 15 seconds behind Seagren’s winning time of 21:22.6.
The next two area finishers came from Negaunee — sophomore Endla Harris was seventh in 23:00.0 and freshman Seere Helms-Gleason eighth in 23:12.2.
But the Redettes dominated after that as senior Lillian Weycher was ninth in 23:16.0, senior Guinn Wuorinen 11th in 23:23.6, sophomore Anna Grzelak 14th in 23:30.4, sophomore Elodie Mahlerbe 16th in 23:46.5 and junior Ella Whalen 17th in 23:49.5.
The Miners also had scoring runs from junior Lauren Ossenheimer in 26th, junior Tessa Standerford in 29th and sophomore Emma Marker in 40th.
Coming in third was Kingsford senior Melanie Wenzel in 22:08.8, while the Flivvers’ Sarah Kulas was fifth in 22:14.8 and Menominee junior Hayden Buck sixth in 22:45.2.
Marquette boys dominate
The Redmen had an easier time in the boys meet as sophomore Carson VanderSchaaf won, three teammates also made the top 10 and their final scorer was 11th.
VanderSchaaf clocked 17:46.8, not quite 2 1/2 seconds ahead of Gladstone sophomore Drew Hughes, who was runner-up in 17:49.2.
Marquette scored 28 points to 59 for runner-up Houghton as Gladstone had 67 and Menominee 124. Negaunee was seventh with 177 as 10 schools posted team scored and two more also brought runners.
Redmen sophomore Colin VanderSchaaf was fourth in 18:16.1, junior teammate Luke Janofski fifth in 18:16.5, senior Peyton Osborne ninth in 19:03.5 and freshman Cully Papin 11th in 19:07.4. Just for insurance, MSHS sixth runner and sophomore Brady Ketzenberger was 14th in 19:17.4.
Pacing Negaunee was sophomore James Dank in 18th in 19:34.0 with Miners freshman Judge Anderson 35th, sophomore Ryan Reno 39th, senior John Schouten 43rd and senior Alec LaPlante 55th.
Also making the top 10 was Houghton junior Eric Weiss, third in 18:04.4, and senior Branden Peterson, sixth in 18:46.8; Ewen-Trout Creek junior Jonah Nordine, seventh in 18:50.0; Escanaba senior Derek Douglas, eighth in 18:52.0; and Gladstone senior Lucas Hughes, 10th in 19:07.0.
Negaunee will be at West PAC meet No. 1 in Calumet on Monday, while Marquette isn’t scheduled to run again until the Escanaba Invitational on Sept. 26.
Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.