BANAT - The Carney-Nadeau girls ran solid races on the cross country trails Saturday as they placed third in their own invitational with 62 points.
Norway was crowned champion with 48. Stephenson was runner-up at 54.
The Norway boys, placing four in the top eight, also won with 37 points. They were followed by Stephenson 38 and Carney 86.
"That pack of four really helped our boys," said Norway coach Rose Zygiel. "Stephenson has a very good team. It was a good battle between us. The girls' meet was good, too. Our girls ran well and Stephenson is coming along nicely."
Stephenson sophomore Connor Cappaert cruised to victory on the Dale Fountain Memorial course, covering the 3.1 miles in 17 minutes, 18 seconds on this chilly, windy and blustery day.
"This was another good tester for the GNC (Great Northern Conference) meet and U.P. (Division 2) Finals," said Cappaert. "I'm really looking forward to the GNCs with (Escanaba's) Andrew Stenberg, (Kingsford's) Dan Kulas and (Esky's) Eric Cousineau. The U.P. Finals are also going to be fun with Hancock and Norway. This has been a good season for me and our team."
Norway 37, Stephenson 38, Carney-Nadeau 86, Lena-Marinette St. Thomas Aquinas 95. North Central and Big Bay de Noc NTS.
Top 10 - 1, Connor Cappaert, Stephenson, 17:18; 2, Dionte Blahnik, Carney-Nadeau, 17:46; 3, Ken Truitt, Stephenson, 18:17; 4, Mike Zygiel, Norway, 18:23; 5, Steve Raboin, Norway, 18:35; 6, Jacob Wetsel, Norway, 19:09; 7, Evan Beranek, Lena-Marinette St. Thomas Aquinas, 19:19; 8, Justin Anderson, Norway, 19:21; 9, Casey Boyle, Lena-Marinette St. Thomas Aquinas, 19:29; 10, Gabe Granskog, Stephenson, 19:42.
Norway 48, Stephenson 54, Carney-Nadeau 62, North Central 110. Lena-Marinette St. Thomas Aquinas and Big Bay de Noc NTS.
Top 10 - 1, Emily Ellman, Lena-Marinette St. Thomas Aquinas, 19:39; 2, Caitlyn Havelka, Stephenson, 22:31; 3, Alexis Kallenbach, Norway, 22:40; 4, Sara Bietila, Norway, 23:45; 5, Kyra Johnson, Norway, 24:06; 6, Autam Wery, Carney-Nadeau, 24:07; 7, Sydnee Engel, Stephenson, 24:09; 8, Casey Charlier, Carney-Nadeau, 24:10; 9, Marissa Slemka, Lena-Marinette St. Thomas Aquinas, 24:15; 10, Patience Harris, Big Bay de Noc, 24:40.
Carney's Dionte Blahnik was runner-up (17:46), followed Stephenson's Ken Truitt (18:17) and Norway's Mike Zygiel (18:23).
Lena-Marinette St. Thomas Aquinas senior Emily Ellman retained her title in 19:39, followed by Stephenson's Caitlyn Havelka (22:31) and Norway's Alexis Kallenbach (22:40).
"Our coach gave me a goal to beat 19:45, and I did it," said Ellman, who wants to continue running and is considering four Wisconsin colleges. "It's a good thing I didn't go to a football game last (Friday) night. I had a real good meal and a chance to rest up for today. My hands were freezing at the mile mark, then I started to warm up after two miles."
For Ellman, this marked a 19-second improvement on this course from Sept. 22 when she was runner-up to Menominee junior Kameron Burmeister in the Stephenson Invitational.
"I wish Burmeister were here today," said Ellman. "She really helped me a lot."
Carney's Autam Wery placed sixth (24:07). Teammate Casey Charlier took eighth (24:10) and Big Bay de Noc's Patience Harris was 10th (24:40).
"Our girls gave a real good effort and the boys did all right, too," said Carney coach Jake Polfus. "Dionte had a strong race and it was good to see Autam come out here and get a race in."