Cross Country Roundup: All 3 WIN schools claim cross country titles
By Journal Sports Staff
NEGAUNEE — While Ishpeming was dominating the boys meet, Westwood and Negaunee split titles among the girls at the WIN high school cross country meet held Thursday afternoon at the Negaunee Township Trails.
The Hematites easily defended their boys title with 17 points as Negaunee scored 39 and Westwood 76.
Ishpeming captured five of the top six places, led by the Brobergs. Jonah Broberg won in 17 minutes, 41 seconds, while Silas Broberg was just two seconds behind in 17:43.
After teammate Joey King placed third in 18:00, Negaunee’s Eric Anderson broke up the Hematite party by placing fourth in 18:15.
Ishpeming Jordan Longtine was fifth in 18:51 and David Liimatta sixth in 18:58.
“It was nice to be out in the shade in the woods with the warm and muggy weather,” Negaunee head coach Lisa Bigalk said. “Eric Anderson broke up the Ishpeming boys with his best time of the season.”
Negaunee slid into the next three spots — Timothy Ziegler was seventh, James Dank eighth and Joshua Bedard ninth.
Ishpeming’s Levi Giroux rounded out the top 10.
Westwood’s top finisher was Jake Johnson in 12th in 20:32.
The Patriots and Negaunee split titles in the girls meet, with Westwood winning the team title with 32 points. Ishpeming was second with 43 while Negaunee had 54.
But it was the Miners’ Talon Prusi who won the girls race in 21:21, more than 20 seconds ahead of runner-up Elizabeth Williams of Westwood, who clocked in at 21:43. Negaunee’s all-everything Emily Paupore was under the weather, according to the Miners’ coach.
Rounding the top five were Taylor Longtine of Ishpeming in 22:45, Abby Racine of Ishpeming in 22:57 and Endla Harris of Negaunee in 23:03.
“I’m proud of my girls runners,” Bigalk said. “Talon gets the win, and Endla, a freshman, was fifth overall as she just keeps improving.”
The Patriots clinched their win by taking the next four places — Allyssea Smith was sixth in 23:31, Emma Jestila seventh, Heidi Meglathery eighth and Samantha Perrault ninth. Ishpeming’s Chyanne Gardner rounded out the top 10.
The three west end schools are scheduled to join Marquette, Gwinn, Munising and Manistique at the El Harger Invitational in Munising on Tuesday.
MSHS shows cross country depth
STEPHENSON — Marquette showed off superior depth in sweeping to team titles at the eight-school Dale Fountain Invitational high school cross country meet held in Stephenson on Thursday.
Both MSHS teams won by wide margins. The Redmen scored 24 points in the boys meet, placing seven runners in the top 10, while the Redettes had 34, getting their five scorers in the top 11 and all seven runners in the first 17.
Menominee was boys runner-up with 57 points as the host Eagles were third with 107. For the girls, Kingsford was second with 74, Menominee third with 76 and Mid Peninsula fourth with 93.
Moses Waite had Marquette’s best individual finish, coming in second in the boys race to winner Adam Cavagnetto of Norway. Redman teammate Hogan Nemetz was third, Peyton Osborne fourth, Luke Janofski seventh, Colin VanderSchaaf eighth, Lincoln Sager ninth and Carson VanderSchaaf 10th.
Josie Danielkiewicz paced the Redettes in third place as Kingsford’s Melanie Wenzel won and Mid Pen’s Daisy Englund was runner-up. Also for Marquette, Reegan Ketzenberger was fifth, Olivia Moffitt sixth, Ericka Asmus ninth, Anna Grzelak 11th, Courtney Larson 14th and Jordann Stephenson 17th.
Marquette also swept to JV titles, the boys scoring a perfect 15 points led by race winner Brady Ketzenberger and the girls netting 18 points, including winner Emmi Kruhak.
Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is email@example.com.