Blue Devils win Foxes and Hounds meet
NEWBERRY -- The Sault High Blue Devils put on a solid performance Saturday at the Newberry Foxes and Hounds cross country meet.
The Sault boys finished first with 35 points, and the girls were second with 65.
In the boys meet, Cheboygan was second with 72 points, and Rudyard was just one behind with 73 for third. Newberry took fourth with 96, while Superior Central was fifth with 119. Carney-Nadeau took sixth with 134, while Rogers City brought up the rear with 154.
The Foxes and Hounds meet follows a different format than most cross country meets. Every team's No. 7 runner starts at the initial gun, and is followed by the team's No. 6 runner 20 seconds later (30 seconds later for the girls), and so on. In this format, the time that an athlete records is not necessarily indicative of his/her final place in the standings.
Tyler Gage finished second for the Blue Devils (18:22), while Stu Chipman placed sixth, despite having the best time for the Sault (18:16). Ryan Gleason was seventh (19:18), and Walter Bennette was ninth (18:38). Ethan Parker took 12th (19:44), while Mike Pluto was 18th (20:21), and Austin Rogers finished 25th (21:03).
In the girls meet, the Cheboygan Chiefs finished first with 29, while Carney-Nadeau took third with 83. Rudyard was fourth with 88, and Rogers City was fifth with 109. Superior Central took sixth with 125, and Newberry placed seventh with 175.
Sandra Day placed fifth for the Blue Devils in 22:59, while Wrindy Shann was ninth (24:15). Stephanie Day took 12th for the Sault (23:55), while Brittany Ockenfels was 19th (22:48). Ashlee Andrews was right behind Ockenfels for 20th (23:20), and Lindsey LaLonde was 24th (23:00).
"We really ran well," said Sault coach Jim Martin. "This meet serves as a good lesson to some of our top runners to show them how much energy is required to pass people on the course, and how important it is to get out to a good start."
The Rudyard Bulldogs were the Division II champions for the meet in both the boys and girls divisions.
For the girls, Charlotte Folkersma finished fourth overall (21:50), while Stephanie Folkersma took 11th (21:54). Sara English was 18th (23:47), while Alisha Thompson took 21st (23:37), and Mary Couling finished 34th (27:14).
For the Bulldog boys, Justin Hoolsema placed ninth (18:20), while Kyle Rice was 10th (19:41). Alex Malaski took 11th (18:45), while Isiah Otten was 21st (19:31), and Josh Kaminski took 22nd (19:55).
In the middle school meet, Sault Blue Devil Jake Bennette shattered the course record by 31 seconds, leading the Sault to a fourth-place finish in the boys meet. The Sault girls took seventh.
"Jake's a special kid," Martin said. "He really puts in the work and he's got a lot of talent. I've never seen a course record broken by that much time."
Jenna Paquette was the top finisher for the Blue Devil JV girls. She took 34th (17:50).
Jacob LaLonde was 10 for the JV Devils (13:42), while Tyler Goetz took 33rd (15:20).
Kim Knauff took 40th for the Sault (18:34), and Megan Eby took 53rd (21:35).
For Rudyard, both JV teams finished second in the C/D division. The boys were led by Charlie Schwesinger who finished 31st (15:20). The Rudyard girls were paced by Brittany Hoolsema who finished 13th (15:47).
Morrison captures Ellsworth race
ELLSWORTH -- Carl Morrison of Pickford took first place in the Class D division at the House on the Hill Invitational cross country meet.
Morrison toured the course in a time of 16 minutes, 26 seconds. Other results for Pickford included, Eddie Arbic, 29th, 19:43; and Matt Romatz, 34th, 20:16.
The Pickford girls finished third. Stephanie Savoie was 6th in 21:59; Lindsay Bawks was 9th in 22:29; KayLynn Portice was 12th in 23:09; Emily Lamb was 14th in 23:58 and Sharon Lewis took 17th in 24:23.
In JV action, Nick Raden of Pickford won the boys' meet in 19:50 and Pat Savoie was 11th in 22:43.
Kristin Schmitigal led the Pickford girls, placing second in 25:08. Allie Priskorn was 3rd in 26:05 and Renae Rich was 4th in 26:16.
Cedarville won the boys' meet with 42 points, and was second in the girls' meet, which was reported in Sunday's paper.