Lola Korpi sets Ishpeming cross country running record still as a freshman at Munising meet

MUNISING — Freshman Lola Korpi set an Ishpeming High School record while winning the girls race by nearly a minute and a half at the El Harger Memorial Invitational cross country meet held in Munising on Tuesday afternoon.

Korpi ran the course in 19 minutes, 20 seconds, exactly 85 seconds head of Marquette’s Olivia Moffitt, who finished in 20:45.

“You just try to turn over your legs as fast as you can,” Korpi said. “When I heard I had 18 minutes with a quarter-mile left, I felt my chances of getting the school record were good. I had a bigger lead in other races, but my confidence was pretty high coming into this. Although you always have to avoid getting overconfident. You never know what might happen. I like running in the rain, although it makes it hard to see.”

On the team scoreboard, Marquette used its superior depth for a sweep of those titles.

In the girls meet, Marquette scored 48 points to 99 for runner-up Negaunee, 104 for Kingsford, 105 for Munising, 115 for Kingsford and 128 for Ishpeming in this 10-school meet. Manistique chalked up 244 points.

For the boys, the Redmen scored 28 to 57 for Ishpeming, 62 for Gladstone, 170 for Negaunee, 187 for Munising, 188 for Stephenson and 209 for Manistique in an 11-team field.

“The boys had a nice pack run, and the girls ran some real good times,” Marquette coach Kyle Detmers said. “We were missing two varsity (girls) runners. Olivia Moffitt ran a real good race.”

The rain held off for most of the boys race, but the girls had it for the first half of their race.

For the girls, Negaunee junior Endla Harris was third in 20:48, while teammate Serre Helms-Gleason was seventh in 21:14. The Redettes’ Lillian Weycher was eighth in 21:20 and teammate Guinn Wuorinen 10th in 21:40 as Munising’s Hattie Cota squeezed between the two MSHS runners in ninth in 21:31.

On the boys side, Gladstone sophomore Drew Hughes used a familiar strategy to win in 17:03.97, as he beat out a trio of Marquette runners — sophomore twins Carson and Colin VanderSchaaf were second in 17:09.81 and third in 17:14.31, respectively, while teammate Luke Janofski was fourth in 17:14.81.

“I just stayed with the leaders,” Hughes said. “It feels awesome winning my first varsity race. This is a lot different from Kingsford. It was really hot up there. This was real nice weather for running. This is one of my favorite courses.”

“Drew ran a nice race,” Gladstone coach Gary Whitmer said. “The temperature (upper 50s) was good for running.”

Ishpeming had the next two finishers in Joey King, fifth in 17:42.91, and Jordan Longtine, sixth in 17:52.41.

Then Marquette completed its team victory by finishing off the top 10 — Lincoln Sager was eighth in 17:58.82, Peyton Osborne ninth in 17:59.72 and Cully Papin 10th in 18:03.88.

Ishpeming hosts West PAC meet No. 2, better known as the Tracy Strom Invitational, at 4 p.m. Thursday at the Al Quaal Recreation Area. The field is set to include the Hematites, Negaunee, Westwood, Calumet, Houghton, Hancock and West Iron County. The three Houghton County schools may not be able to attend due to school closures forced by a coronavirus outbreak there.


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