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Ishpeming’s Lola Korpi prevents total Marquette stranglehold at Marquette County Meet in high school cross country

Marquette's Colin VanderSchaaf has a comfortable lead as he passes a fan and goes on to win the boys race at the Marquette County Meet in high school cross country held at Presque Isle Park in Marquette on Thursday. (Photo courtesy Cara Kamps)

MARQUETTE — Freshman Lola Korpi of Ishpeming broke the Marquette stranglehold atop the Marquette County Meet held in high school cross country on Thursday at Presque Isle Park in Marquette.

Korpi won the girls varsity individual title in 19 minutes, 57.2 seconds, more than a minute ahead of runner-up Heidi Meglathery, a sophomore from Westwood who clocked 21:01.0.

Otherwise, the Redmen and Redettes carted off the other titles. Marquette’s boys scored a near-perfect 19 points as a team to 40 for Ishpeming, 90 for Westwood and 101 for Negaunee. Republic-Michigamme also had runners compete, but not enough for a team score.

The Redettes won the girls meet with 37 points with Westwood a relatively close second with 49 as Negaunee had 70 and Ishpeming 90.

Redmen sophomore Carson VanderSchaaf won the boys race in 17:23.8, a little more than 30 seconds ahead of runner-up Jordan Longtine, a senior from Ishpeming who broke up a 1-2-3-4-5 finish by Marquette as he clocked 17:56.7.

Instead MSHS took third through sixth to account for its sterling team score — junior Luke Janofski was third in 18:02.4, senior Truman Langlois fourth in 18:10.3, senior Peyton Osborne fifth in 18:14.7 and senior Lincoln Sager sixth in 18:18.8.

While Marquette sophomore teammate Colin VanderSchaaf worked his way into ninth in 18:36.8, a trio of Ishpeming seniors had the three other top-10 finishers — Silas Broberg seventh in 18:22.0, Joseph King eighth in 18:27.0 and David Liimatta 10th in 18:40.2.

Negaunee’s top finisher came right after as sophomore James Dank was 11th in 18:48.2, while pacing Westwood was junior Jacob Jestila in 16th in 20:08.9, and leading R-M was Gabe DuPont in 17th in 20:18.9. There were 31 runners listed in this race.

In the girls race following Korpi and Meglathery, Marquette and Negaunee dominated the rest of the top 10.

Miners sophomore Endla Harris was third in 21:34.1, about 30 seconds behind Meglathery, with Negaunee freshman teammate Seere Helms-Gleason seventh in 22:10.5.

Senior Olivia Moffitt led Marquette in fourth in 21:41.0, with senior teammate Guinn Wuorinen sixth in 22:10.3, senior Lillian Weycher eighth in 22:10.9, sophomore Elodie Mahlerbe ninth in 22:34.1 and junior Jordann Stephenson 10th in 22:51.5.

The top 10 was rounded out by Westwood senior Elizabeth Williams, who was fifth in 21:57.0

Wuorinen, Helms-Gleason and Weycher were separated in all by just six-tenths of a second.

Redettes junior Ella Whalen and sophomore Addie Ollila were 11th and 12th respectively, followed by four Patriots starting in 13th — in order, freshman Retta Boburka, sophomore Emma Jestila, freshman Baylie Lavigne and senior Allyssea Smith.

The next meet involving these teams is the Kingsford Invitational on Tuesday with Marquette and Negaunee, while the Hancock Invite on Thursday will include Ishpeming and the first West PAC meet in Calumet on Sept. 21 features Negaunee, Westwood and Ishpeming.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is sbrownlee@miningjournal.net.

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