Harbor Springs shows depth at Elks meet
SAULT STE. MARIE -- The annual Elks Invitational cross country meet was held on Saturday at the Sault Country Club, with 11 teams taking part.
Harbor Springs dominated the boys meet, while Rudyard earned the top spot in the girls meet among "large schools".
For the large schools on the boys side, Harbor Springs took six of the top eight spots and finished with just 17 points, while the Sault was second with 85. Rudyard was third with 136, and Cheboygan placed fourth with 139. Munising was fifth with 191, while Newberry was sixth with 195. St. Ignace was seventh with 223, and White Pines was 11th with 286.
Cedarville was first among the Class D schools with 80 points, which was good enough for a second-place finish overall. Mackinaw City was second with 142, while Pickford was third with 263.
Jason Sweeney of Cedarville was the top local finisher, taking fourth. He toured the Sault Country Club 5-K course in 18:02. Also for the Trojans, Chad Schlosser (19:08) finished in 14th, and Michael Thompson (19:16) was 16th for Cedarville. Trevor Sigman (19:27) finished 19.
For the Sault Blue Devils, Mike Osterhaut was the top Blue Devil finisher. He placed ninth in 18:42. Walter Bennette finished two spots behind in 11th (18:50), while Jacob Green was 15th (19:10). Tyler Gage (20:02) was next for the Sault in 24th.
For the Rudyard Bulldogs, Justin Hoolesma placed 12th (19:02), while Alec Malaski was 23rd and Josh Kaminski was 46th.
Newberry's top finisher was Nick Engman, who came in 31st (20:22), followed by David Trembath in 35th (20:55). Mike Sevarns was 39th for the Indians (21:13), and Brian Betterly was 42nd.
St. Ignace Saints was led by Tim Mullens, who finished 33rd (20:30). He was followed by Pat Springsteen in 38th (21:11), and Donny McLeod in 44th (21:26).
For Pickford, Carl Morrison led the way with a 13th place finish (19:07).
For the girls, Rudyard won the meet with 62 points, while Harbor Springs was second with 67. Cheboygan placed third with 109, while the Sault was fourth with 114. Newberry was fifth with 136, and St. Ignace was sixth among the large schools with 190. Munising was seventh with 197, and White Pines was eighth with 214.
In Class D, Pickford finished first with 143, while Cedarville was second with 158, and Mackinaw City was third with 291.
Stephanie Folkersma led the Bulldogs with a third-place finish (21:52), while Charlotte Folkersma was fifth (22:33). Also for Rudyard, Alicia Thompson was 11th (23:37), Natalie Spencer was 20th (24:42), and LeAnn Folkersma was 23rd (24:53).
For the Sault, Lindsey LaLonde finished 12th (23:37), while Stephanie Day was 18th (24:26). Sandra Day was 24th (24:54), and Jessica Green (25:08), while Katy Fortin was 34th (25:49).
Newberry was led by Kyle Richards who finished sixth (22:40). Sarah Weinrers was 22nd (24:46), and Stephanie Norris placed 25th (24:59). Rachel Rhonquist was 36th (25:53).
Kaitlyn McDonald was the top St. Ignace finisher. She was 16th (24:19). Rebecca Weiss finished 31st (25:39), and Briane Heatherington was 37th (25:54). Katie Springsteen was 49th (27:40).
For the Class D schools, Lindsey Bawks led Pickford with a 21st-place finish (24:45), while Kay Lynn Portice was 27th (25:17). Stephanie Saudie placed 30th (25:38). Kayce Nyberg was 32nd (25:41), and Courtney Brown finished 33rd (25:47).
For Cedarville, freshman Kara Griffin was the top finisher. She was 19th (24:31), while fellow freshman Emily Feldhake finished 28th (25:34). Marcel Reno was 29th (25:36), and big sister Liz Reno placed 39th (25:56).
In the JV boys meet, the Sault finished first as Sean Mulkerns led five Blue Devils in the top 10. Mulkerns finished fourth, while Andy Castagne was sixth, and Chris Knauf took seventh. Jon Wagner placed ninth, and Brandon Belleau finished 10th.
The Sault picked up another win in JV girls. Pickford's Jessica Ledy was the top finisher, but the Sault took four of the top 10 spots. Sarah Mason finished second, while Diana Cryderman grabbed fourth. Katy Sullivan and Beth Hendricks placed eighth and ninth.
Sault runner Brittany Ockenfels finished third overall in the girls middle school meet, while Blue Devil Jake Bennette was the top local finisher in the middle school boys meet.