WILSON - It was a day for Carney-Nadeau cross country teams to break into the win column Wednesday as they swept top honors in the North Central Division 3 Invitational.
The Carney boys retained their title with 26 points, followed by North Central 37 and Big Bay de Noc 63.
Carney's girls grabbed the top four spots and scored 18 points, followed by North Central 53 and Big Bay 59.
"This is kind of nice for the kids because they put in the work and get the reward," said Carney coach Jake Polfus. "It's nice for them to experience this. Anytime you get a trophy, it's great for the kids."
Carney senior Casey Charlier and junior Dionte Blahnik also recorded their first varsity victories on this cloudy, breezy and seasonably cool day.
Casey Charlier covered the 3.1-mile course in 23 minutes, 59 seconds, followed by Autam Wery (24:08), Morgan Dupont (25:39) and Samantha Charlier (25:42).
Carney-Nadeau 26, North Central 37, Big Bay de Noc 63
Top 10 - 1, Dionte Blahnik, Carney-Nadeau, 19:33; 2, Dillon Robinson, North Central, 20:32; 3, Cain Knaus, Carney-Nadeau, 21:06; 4, Josh Granquist, North Central, 21:37; 5, Wade Schetter, Carney-Nadeau, 21:53; 6, Jason Dupont, Carney-Nadeau, 21:54; 7, Brett LaLonde, Big Bay de Noc, 22:10; 8, Brandon Rochefort, Big Bay de Noc, 22:35; 9, Tristen Harper, North Central, 22:45; 10, Jared Gerlach, North Central, 22:55.
Carney-Nadeau 18, North Central 53, Big Bay de Noc 59
Top 10 - 1, Casey Charlier, Carney-Nadeau, 23:59; 2, Autam Wery, Carney-Nadeau, 24:08; 3, Morgan Dupont, Carney-Nadeau, 25:39; 4, Samantha Charlier, Carney-Nadeau, 25:42; 5, Pattence Harris, Big Bay de Noc, 25:43; 6, Kelsi Stapleton, Big Bay de Noc, 27:06; 7, Sierra Carley, North Central, 27:29; 8, Janel Dani, Carney-Nadeau, 28:14; 9, Miranda Baumler, Carney-Nadeau, 28:16; 10, Baylee Wells, North Central, 28:47.
"I thought we did good, and I think this will make us feel like we're doing better," said Casey. "We've been pushing each other more as a team. We're just happy to finally win one."
Blahnik, who placed 18th in Menominee on Tuesday (18:38), cruised through in 19:33 this time.
"I actually felt pretty good today," said Blahnik. "Yesterday's race was on a flatter course and I think it helped me for today. This is a pretty good confidence builder. Hopefully, this will help us for Saturday."
North Central's Dillon Robinson was runner-up (20:32), followed Carney's Caine Knaus (21:06) and North Central's Josh Granquist (21:37).
Carney's Chris Dupont won the jayvee race at 25:14.
The Wolves, North Central and Big Bay are entered in Saturday's Stephenson Invitational.