BANAT, Mich.—For the second straight week, the Marinette, Menominee and Stephenson High School cross country teams met in competition. This time Stephenson hosted the action at the Dale Fountain Cross Country Course.
Once again, Menominee’s Attica Brandt edged Marinette’s Addison Lacy for the individual title, but Lacy’s Marines took home the team title.
In the boys competition, Gladstone ran away with the win, while Escanaba edged Marinette for second place.
Just as in Marinette’s home invitational on Saturday, Lacy led the field of 53 runners for most of the race, but Brandt was able to use the final downhill run to take the lead and then held off the Marinette sophomore by less than four seconds with a time of 22:39.7.
“Attica ran a fantastic race,” Menominee coach Eric Burmeister said. “She had a good plan. The key for Attica coming down to this race is she’s familiar with the course, and I believe it’s Marinette’s time first coming out here. There are some hills on the backside, and we talk about using those hills to become a sprinter to take runners. On the last hill, she was able to use that to throw herself around the corner to the finish line.”
After settling for second place to Escanaba on Saturday, a fully healthy Marinette team placed three runners in the top-10 and four in the top-20 to edge the Eskymos for first place 40-52.
“Start to finish both sides, great races,” Marinette coach Jennie Campbell said. “Their strategy was awesome. I love to see the teamwork out of some of the kids and them sharing how their race strategy is unfolding. Again, it was a battle between Attica and Addison. She dialed it in closer today, and unfortunately, they won’t see each other again this season.”
Brandt topped Lacy by 19 seconds in Marquette earlier this season, 16 seconds on Saturday and four seconds on Wednesday.
Behind Lacy, Julia Cano Hidalgo, Madison Kunick and Lauren Sadowski all earned medals (top-20 finishers). Cano Hidalgo (23:53.9) and Kunick (24:04.0) crossed the line together in sixth and seventh place, while Sadowski was 15th at 25:26.5.
“Julia stepped up again, and Lauren ran well,” Campbell said. “Our two through five are really starting to pull closer on both the guys and the girls’ side, which is really exciting to see and I’m looking forward to that improving as the season goes on. We’ve got pretty tight fours and our fives are coming in.”
Lacy Carviou placed 26th at 27:28.6 to round out the Marines’ scoring five. Karissa Valitchka crossed the line in 28:59.0 and Ava Loomis ran 31:58.1 for Marinette.
While Brandt turned in her second consecutive victory, Mikaka Mead ran a solid 28:46.5 for the Maroons, and Gabby Ellery competed as a junior varsity runner and completed the course in 32:52.5.
The Stephenson girls also had a strong showing, placing third with 67 points.
The Eagles were led by medal finishes from Kayela Putnam, Jada Kuntze and Faith Cappaert. Putnam finished 11th at 25:10.0. Kuntze was 13th at 25:14.7, and Cappaert was 19th at 26:07.0.
Joelle Beaudo (22, 26:23.6) and Lyla Engel (37, 29:06.3) completed the scoring five for Stephenson. Morgan Berquist ran 29:20.7, while JV runners Devyn Lusardi (28:50.6), Sarah Labs (30:34.0 and Brete Starzynski (32:36.5) also ran for the Eagles.
In the boys race, Gladstone brothers Drew and Aaron Huges finished one-two. Drew set the pace at 17:29.9 while Aaron ran 18:27.8. That set the tone for a 45-point effort from Gladstone. Escanaba was second at 71 points and Marinette was third at 75 points.
David Jezowski, Jackson Draheim and Hunter Schneider all came home with medals for the Marines. Jezowski placed sixth among 52 runners with a time of 19:52.0. Draheim was 12th at 20:36.0, and Schneider was 14th at 20:48.3.
“David and Jackson ran great strategies,” Campbell said. “They started a little faster today and then settled into pace, and they’ve found that works better for them. Hunter had a great race, and Aiden Anderson continues to improve every day.”
Dylan Demmith finished 31st at 22:38.0 and Aidan Anderson scored with a 34th-place finish in a time of 23:04.8. Evan Reines was 35th at 23:12.0, and Aaron Peterson was 45th at 25:16.2. Rodney Hollar ran as a JV competitor and turned in a time of 32:24.2.
Stephenson and Menominee finished fifth and sixth respectively.
The Eagles were led by Griffin Brown who placed seventh at 20:05.3. Ethyn Lusardi was 17th at 21:06.8 and Jacob Ross was 19th at 21:15.5. Cano Kuntz just missed a medal at 21:37.6 in 21st-place. Hunter Marks ran 23:47.1 and Luke Olson ran 25:06.6.
Brock Murphy paced the Maroons, finishing 18th in a time of 21:13.1. Aden Short was 33rd at 22:50.6. Brayden and Blake Bourion finished in 24:29.5 and 24:47.1, while Adian McKinney ran as a JV in a time of 36:26.5.
“We’ve got a couple runners out,” Burmeister said, “but the boys did great. Brock ran a good race. Aden Short is getting better every week. It’s taking small steps toward that championship part of our season.”
Menominee and Stephenson will return to action in Munising on Tuesday. The Marines will compete in Oconto on Tuesday.
Local Results (athlete, place, time)
Addison Lacy 2, 22:43.2, Julia Cano Hidalgo 23:53.9; Madison Kunick 24:04.0; Lauren Sadowski 15, 25:26.5; Lacy Carviou 26, 27:28.6; Karissa Valitchka 36, 28:59.0; Ava Loomis 46, 31:58.1.
David Jezowski 6, 19:52.0; Jackson Draheim 12, 20:36.0; Hunter Schneider 14, 20:48.3; Dylan Demmith 31, 22:38.0; Aidan Anderson 34, 23:04.8; Evan Reines 35, 23:12.0; Aaron Peterson 45, 25:16.2. JV: Rodney Hollar 7, 32:24.2.
Attica Brandt 1, 22:39.7; Mikaka Mead 35, 28:46.5. JV: Gabby Ellery 5, 32:52.5.
Brock Murphy 18, 21:13.1; Aden Short 33, 22:50.6; Henry Zuhels 37, 23:39.5; Brayden Bourion 41, 24:29.5; Blake Bourion 43, 24:47.1. JV: Adian McKinney 8, 36:26.5.
Kayela Putnam 11, 25:10.0; Jada Kuntze 13, 25:14.7; Cappaert Faith 19, 26:07.0; Joelle Beaudo 22, 26:23.6; Lyla Engel 37, 29:06.3; Morgan Bergquist 38, 29:20.7. JV: Devyn Lusardi 1, 28:50.6; Sarah Labs 3, 30:34.0; Brette Starzynski 4, 32:36.5.
Griffin Brown 7, 20:05.3; Ethyn Lusardi 17, 21:06.8; Jacob Ross 19, 21:15.5; Canon Kuntze 21, 21:37.6; Hunter Marks 39, 23:47.1; Luke Olson 44, 25:06.6