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Wednesday December 2, 2020
Upper Peninsula Cross Country Seasons Conclude

The Michigan High School Association crowned its six Upper Peninsula champions in cross country on Saturday, as six different schools captured titles at three different sites.

The events were held in Marquette (Division One), Iron River (Division Two), and Munising (Division Three) to cut down on the number of people gathered at the Finals, oput of coronavirus concerns. The cross country finals are normally held at one site, and, along with the U.P. Track and Field Finals every spring, are the biggest high school sporting events of the year.

DIVISION THREE GIRLS---The Munising Mustangs girls cross country team won the MHSAA Division Three Upper Peninsula championship on Saturday.

The Mustangs took first with 54 points, while Chassell was second (73) and Stephenson was third (106.). The individual champion was Mid Peninsula's Daisy Englund, finishing in 21:16.4. The runner-up was Hattie Cota of Munising (21:27). Elise Bessonen of Ewen-Trout Creek was third (21:41), and Mid Pen's Landry Koski was fourth (21:46.7).

Full results are posted here: https://www.mhsaa.com/.../BXC/2020finals/20upxcd3girls.pdf

DIVISION THREE BOYS---The Dollar Bay Blue Bolts boys cross country team easily won the MHSAA Division Three Upper Peninsula championship on Saturday.

Dollar Bay had 42 points, with Rudyard taking second with 83, and Newberry in third spot with 85. The individual champion was Jonah Nordine of Ewen-Trout Creek, finishing in 17 minutes, 34.9 seconds. Kolson Kytta of Chassell was runner-up 17:59.7, and Cameron Hoornstra of Brimley was third, finishing in 18:05.5.

Full results: https://www.mhsaa.com/.../BXC/2020finals/20upxcd3boys.pdf

DIVISION TWO GIRLS---The St. Ignace Saints won the MHSAA Division Two girls cross country Upper Peninsula championship on Saturday.

The Saints beat Hancock by one point, 53-54, to take the team trophy. Ironwood was third (70 points). Individually, Ironwood's Aundrea Stengard was the champion, finishing in 23:28.1. Ishpeming's Lola Korpi was second (23:42.9) and Hancock's Maylie Kilpela took third (25:10.5).

The full results: https://www.mhsaa.com/.../BXC/2020finals/20upxcd2girls.pdf

DIVISION TWO BOYS---The Ishpeming Hematities had a near-perfect score to capture the MHSAA Division two boys cross country championship on Saturday.

The Hematites had 17 points, with the top three runners, led by Silas Broberg (20:34.8), followed by Jordan Longtine (20:59.6), and Joseph King (21:03.8). Tavin Larson of Painesdale-Jeffers took fourth (21:18.7). Jeffers was runner-up in the team score with 57 points.

The full results: https://www.mhsaa.com/.../BXC/2020finals/20upxcd2boys.pdf

DIVISION ONE GIRLS---The Houghton Gremlins edged the Marquette Redettes, 56-58, to win the MHSAA Division One Upper Peninsula girls cross country championship on Saturday.

Sault Ste. Marie was third (82 points). Houghton junior Paige Sleeman was the individual champion in 20:55,2. Westwood sophomore Heidi Meglathery was second (21:00.8) and Houghton's Ingrid Seagren took third in 21:19.4.

The full results: https://www.mhsaa.com/.../BXC/2020finals/20upxcd1girls.pdf

DIVISION ONE BOYS: The Marquette Redmen on Saturday won the MHSAA Division One boys cross country Upper Peninsula championship. The Redmen had 38 points.

Sault Ste. Marie was runner-up with 47. Sault High's Jaron Wyma was the individual champ in 17 minutes, 19 seconds. Houghton's Eric Weiss was second in 17:32.5. Marquette's Carson Vanderschaff was third (17:40.8) and Escanaba's Derek Douglas took fourth (17:46.9).

The full results: https://www.mhsaa.com/.../BXC/2020finals/20upxcd1boys.pdf

OFF AND RUNNING: Cross Country Season Begins
Friday August 28, 2020