Cedarville girls win D-3 U.P. cross country crown
BANAT - The weather was best suited for ducks at Saturday's Upper Peninsula Cross Country Finals, but the Cedarville girls probably didn't mind.
The Trojans are likely celebrating their first U.P. Division 3 title today after edging defending champ Rapid River 41-48 on this rainy and windy Saturday. Painesdale took third with 96 points.
"Our girls ran excellent," said Cedarville coach Ryan Wilson. "We knew Rapid River would be tough competition, but the kids came to run. We also thought if we could be around their top three, we'd have a shot. This is an excellent day. It's a treat to come over here, see the other coaches and renew acquaintances."
Rapid River senior Dani Holmgren won the 3.1 mile race on the Dale Fountain Memorial Cross Country Course in a season-best 20:01. Cedarville freshman Karissa Schlosser was runner-up at 20:09 and defending champ Laura Kangas of Chassell took third this time (20:45).
Cedarville ended with four places among the top 12. Lauren Izzard took sixth (21:19), with Marcelle Reno 11th (22:01) and Kara Griffin 12th (22:03).
Stephenson copped Division 2 with 54 points, marking the Eagles' sixth title in seven years. Rudyard and Ironwood had 75 points apiece, with the Bulldogs gaining runner-up honors on a tie-breaker.
"This is about the best we ran all year," said Bulldogs' coach Alan Jarvie. "We've had a little practice the past two weekends. We've had wind, rain and slop. I think our girls thought this was to their advantage. I told the kids if we were third in our (Straits Area) conference, we'd have a shot at the U.P. title. Although Stephenson ran well. We can't take anything away from them."
Stephenson sophomore Amanda Newlin splashed to victory in 19:34. She was followed by Hancock's Christina Mischica (19:59) and Rudyard's Stephanie Folkersma (20:33).
Also medaling for the Bulldogs were Charlotte Folkersma in seventh (21:24), and Sara English in 13th (20:35).
In Division 1, the Marquette Redettes were crowned champions for the fifth straight year with 31 points. They were followed by Calumet with 72, and Gladstone with 86. Sault High was sixth with 124.
Marquette sophomore Kylee St. Arnauld repeated as champion in 19:17. Escanaba's Stephanie Ostrenga was runner-up for the second straight year (20:04) and Kingsford's Danielle Mitchell was third (20:32). Sault High was led by Wrindy Shann in 20th (22:03).
The Redettes, dominated by underclassmen, grabbed four of the top seven spots and placed everyone in the top 16.
Cedarville boys repeat as U.P. cross country champs
BANAT - The Cedarville Trojans have faced strong competition throughout this cross country season.
Their schedule has included a trio of meets in the rugged Straits Area Conference and several downstate meets.
All that competition apparently prepared the Trojans well as they swept both ends of the Division 3 Upper Peninsula titles Saturday.
Cedarville's boys, recently crowned SAC champions, repeated as U.P. champs with 47 points. Painesdale was runner-up for the second straight year with 74 and Pickford squeezed past North Central for third place 94-95.
"Our boys have been tough all year," said Cedarville coach Ryan Wilson. "There's some pretty big schools in the Straits Area Conference now. Those teams definitely pushed us."
Cedarville junior Chad Schlosser won the 3.1 mile race on the muddy Dale Fountain Memorial Cross Country Course in 16:57. He was followed by Painesdale's Cody Juntikka (17:05), and Pickford's Carl Morrison (17:19).
The rain which fell during the girls' races dissipated before the start of the boys' events.
"Going under 17 was my goal when I saw what the conditions were like," said Schlosser. "Otherwise, I would have liked to have been around 16:30. The course was still muddy and wet, but at least the rain wasn't coming down. It was especially slippery around the corners and on the hills."
Cedarville's Jordan Sweeney placed seventh in 18:10, while Ross Hanson took 10th (18:42), and Mike Hansen was 11th (18:50). "Everybody on our team stepped up and ran well today," said Schlosser.
Pickford's Chris Thompson also medaled, taking 13th in 15:82.
Marquette captured its third straight Division I title with 37 points. The Redmen, placing everyone in the top 18, were followed by Calumet with 87, and Sault High with 92.
Marquette freshman Nik Klema gained top individual honors in 17:10, followed by Gladstone's Chris Davis (17:14) and Houghton's Greg Peterson (17:22). Sault High's Stuart Chipman placed seventh (17:50), while Walter Bennette took eighth (17:52) and Tyler Gage was 15th (18:08).
In Division 2, Westwood won for the second time in three years with 52 points. Munising took the runner-up trophy with 88 and defending champ Stephenson took third this time at 93.
Munising sophomore Brad Bruce had the day's fastest time at 16:48. Westwood freshman Tag Bradley was runner-up at 17:23, a few steps ahead of Munising sophomore Scott Bond.
The Mustangs took three of the top five places before Westwood's depth began to take over. The Patriots placed five in the top 15.
Rudyard's Justin Hoolsema was the highest area finisher, taking 11th in 18:16.