Sault Stryders
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Upper Peninsula Cross Country Finals
Reported October 19, 2003 by John Vrancic for the Sault Evening News
Sault Ste Marie, Michigan

Cedarville win U.P. cross country title; Sault runs 2nd in D-1

BANAT -- Competition got pretty tight between the Cedarville and Painesdale boys at Saturday's Upper Peninsula Cross Country Finals.

So close, that a tie-breaker was needed to determine a winner.

The two leaders finished with 55 points. But when all was said and done Cedarville was crowned Division 3 champion.

"This is pretty amazing," said Cedarville coach Ryan Wilson. "I knew It'd be close. I just didn't expect it to be this close. Their kids ran real hard, but our depth paid off. Having six or seven kids who can run hard makes a difference. This is a huge win for us. This is big to our program. But I'll tell you, Painesdale is going to be a tough team again next year. They also have a good, young program."

Joss Martin of Crystal Falls won his third straight title by covering the 3.1-mile course in 16 minutes, 49.68 seconds. He was followed by Painesdale's Sam Kilpela (16:59.4) and Cedarville's Jason Sweeney (17:25.04) and Chad Schlosser (17:37.34).

Pickford's leader was Carl Morrison, who took 13th in a time of 18:24.24.

"Things didn't turn out the way we liked, but we can't complain," said Kilpela. "It's pretty exciting to have your top five runners end up in a tie."

In Division I, Marquette repeated as champ with 36 points, followed by Sault High 60 and Gladstone 93. Marquette's Stuart Kramer had the day's fastest time at 16:44.53. He was followed by Negaunee runner Derek Sundberg (16:59.21) and Gladstone's Chris Davis (17:18.09).

Sault High was paced by senior Craig Cooper, who finished fifth in 17:30.95. Walter Bennette took seventh (17:46.68) and Michael Osterhout was eighth (17:49.78).

In Division 2, Stephenson won for the first time in 11 years with 27 points. Westwood was runner-up at 57 and Ishpeming edged Rudyard 100 to 109 for third.

Rudyard's Justin Hoolsema was the EUPs top D-2 finisher. He took 11th in 18:10.86.

Runners were greeted by sunny conditions, with temperatures in the mid 60s.

"You can't beat this," said Wilson. "This was a treat after having temperatures in the 40s during the week. We tried to work around the elements as much as we could."

DIVISION 1:

Team standings: 1. Marquette, 36; 2. Sault St Marie, 60; 3. Gladstone, 93; 4. Menominee, 134; 5. Ironwood, 138; 6. Calumet, 159; 7. Negaunee, 164; 8. Escanaba, 198; 9. Houghton, 199; 10. Kingsford, 219;.

Individual results: 1. Stuart Kramer, Marquette, 16:44.53; 2. Derek Sundberg, Negaunee, 16:59.21; 3. Chris Davis, Gladstone, 17:18.09; 4. Alex Tiseo, Marquette, 17:26.68; 5. Craig Cooper, Sault St Marie, 17:30.95; 6. Ben Montgomery, Marquette, 17:44.63; 7. Walter Bennette, Sault St Marie, 17:46.68; 8. Michael Osterhout, Sault St Marie, 17:49.78; 9. Danny Mattonen, Gladstone, 17:51.91; 10. Jared Cregg, Marquette, 17:54.32.

DIVISION 2:

Team standings: 1. Stephenson, 27; 2. Ishpeming Westwood, 57; 3. Ishpeming, 100; 4. Rudyard, 109; 5. Hancock, 122; 6. Iron River W. Iron County, 162; 6. Munising, 162; 8. Newberry, 204; 9. St.Ignace, 254; 10. Norway, 264.

Individual results: 1. Lucas Hodges, Hancock, 17:22.73; 2. Danny Hill, Ishpeming Westwood, 17:35.52; 3. Matt Wyble, Stephenson, 17:42.72; 4. Brandon Newlin, Stephenson, 17:44.61; 5. Ernesto Dela Rosa, Stephenson, 17:58.59; 6. Trent Auguston, Hancock, 17:59.56; 7. Jose Juan Dela Rosa, Stephenson, 18:02.00; 8. Derek Grinsteiner, Stephenson, 18:06.55; 9. Eric Hooper, Ishpeming Westwood, 18:08.56; 10. Jordan Hart, Ishpeming, 18:09.73.

DIVISION 3

Team standings: 1. Cedarville, 55; 1. Painesdale-Jeffers, 55; 3. Crystal Falls Forest Park, 99; 4. Powers North Central, 104; 5. Carney-Nadeau, 115; 6. Pickford, 136; 7. Chassell, 146; 8. Eben Junction-Superior Central, 159.

Individual results: 1. Joss Martin, Crystal Falls Forest Park, 16:49.68; 2. Samuel Kilpela, Painesdale-Jeffers, 16:59.40; 3. Jason Sweeney, Cedarville, 17:25.04; 4. Chad Schlosser, Cedarville, 17:37.34; 5. Mike Turton, Eben Junction Superior Central, 17:38.90; 6. Charles Adams, Carney-Nadeau, 17:44.50; 7. Trevor Lehto, Painesdale Jeffers, 17:48.48; 8. Adam Christopherson, Powers North Central, 17:54.97; 9. Cody Juntikka, Painesdale-Jeffers, 17:58.35; 10. Patrick Hendricks, Crystal Falls Forest Park, 18:07.12.

Smith takes spotlight again at U.P. Finals

BANAT -- A year ago, the Pickford girls were celebrating their first Upper Peninsula Divison 3 cross country championship and the Sault High girls were Division 1 runners-up for a third straight year.

Both teams are young this season, however, and dropped in their respective divisions at Saturday's U.P. Finals.

The Rapid River girls, who were runners-up in Division 3 last season, took over the top spot for the first time with 37 points. Painesdale edged Chassell 70-78 for runner-up honors. Pickford took fourth at 95.

"We did better than I thought," Pickford coach John Bennin said shortly before leaving the Dale Fountain Memorial Cross Country Course. "Some of our girls cut two minutes off today. We can't ask for more than that. The girls gave a great effort."

Chassell junior Laura Kangas gained her first U.P. title, covering the 3.1-mile course in 20 minutes, 2.82 seconds. She was followed by Rapid River's Michelle Hall (20:41.71) and Dani Holmgren (21:51.09).

Cedarville freshman Kara Griffin paced area runners, finishing ninth in 22:36.07. She was followed by Pickford freshman Lindsey Bawks (22:42.35).

In Division-2, Stephenson won for the fifth time in six years with 42 points. Hancock took second at 65 and third-place Rudyard had 79.

Westwood's Amber Smith became the first harrier to win four straight U.P. titles, in a course record 17:53.72. She was followed by Stephenson's Laura Adarman (19:46.33) and Amanda Newlin (19:50.21).

"There really wasn't much pressure," said Smith, a major college prospect who came in as an overwhelming favorite. "I try not to put much pressure on myself. I just try to focus on doing my best. All the U.P. Finals are fun. It's fun being part of the whole group."

Smith, who visited the University of Colorado two weeks ago, will visit Notre Dame the weekend of Nov. 1 and Stanford the following weekend. A possible trip to the University of Michigan is also in the works.

"Amber's a phenominal runner," said Westwood coach Steve Pohlman. "This has been a great four years for me and her. This is something coaches don't run across all the time. Athletes like this come along maybe once in a lifetime.

This also marked the fifth straight year a Westwood girl won the U.P. title, a string started by Hannah Vissering in 1999.

Rudyard's Charlotte Folkersma placed fifth (21:19.2) and Alisha Thompson was seventh (21:31.55).

Marquette captured its fourth straight Division I championship with 41 points, followed by Calumet 69 and Gladstone 106.

Kylee St. Arnauld, a freshman from Marquette, grabbed top honors at 19:23.64. She was followed by Escanaba's Stephanie Ostrenga (20:33.87) and Kingsford's Danielle Mitchell (20:34).

Sault High was led by freshman Sandra Day, who took 26th in 22:57.84.