NORWAY - North Central's cross country teams weren't among the frontrunners Monday, but still put forth a solid effort in the Norway Invitational.
The Norway boys, placing five among the top nine, were crowned champions with 28 points. They were followed by Munising 41, Florence, Wis. 77 and North Central 84.
Munising's girls also grabbed five of the top nine places and won with 31 points, followed by Norway 64 and Goodman-Pembine, Wis. 73. North Central didn't field a complete team.
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Big Bay de Noc’s Patience Harris runs behind leader Jenny Goeman of Florence, Wis. at the start of Monday’s Norway Invitational. Harris was the girls’ area pacesetter, finishing 11th at 23:50 while Goeman placed first at 21:26.2.
"Our four girls ran their best times," said North Central coach Jerry Root. "We're pleased that four of our boys and three of our girls medaled. We're a young and competitive team. This was a good tune-up for the U.P. (Division 3) Finals."
Munising freshman Brett Hannah won the boys' race, covering the 3.1-mile course at Strawberry Lake in 18 minutes, 17 seconds. He was followed by Norway's Steve Raboin (18:20) and teammate Izaak Mahoski (18:21) on this sunny and seasonably cool day.
"Brett's a good kid who works hard," said Munising coach Fran DesArmo. "He's not afraid of pain. Overall, I'm pretty happy with the way the kids ran. Our girls have run well as a pack all year."
Norway 28, Munising 41, Florence 77, North Central 84, Goodman-Pembine 107. Big Bay de Noc NTS.
Top 10 - 1, Brett Hannah, Munising, 18:17; 2, Steve Raboin, Norway, 18:20; 3, Izaak Mahoski, Munising, 18:21; 4, Justin Anderson, Munising, 18:38; 5, Dan Jones, Florence, 18:42; 6, Jake Wetzel, Norway, 18:50; 7, Mike Zygiel, Norway, 19:14; 8, Sam MacArthur, Munising, 19:36; 9, Randy Mueller, Norway, 19:38; 10, Dillon Robinson, North Central, 19:56.
Munising 31, Norway 64, Goodman-Pembine 73, Florence 89. North Central an Big Bay de Noc NTS.
Top 10 - 1, Jenny Goeman, Florence, 21:26; 2, Teddy Reed, Goodman-Pembine, 21:38; 3, Alexis Kallenbach, Norway, 21:57; 4, Alyssa St. Amour, Munising, 22:29; 5, Julia Jacques, Munising, 22:38; 6, Anna Baij, Munising, 22:40; 7, Diana Charboneau, Munising, 22:48; 8, Kyra Johnson, Norway, 22:54; 9, Sara Charboneau, Munising, 23:03; 10, Kiarah Battker, Goodman-Pembine, 23:07.
This marked the second straight victory for Norway, which also earned the Mid-Peninsula Conference crown Thursday at Negaunee.
"Our boys are doing well," said Norway coach Rose Zygiel. "They're pushing each other. We're excited for the U.P. (Division 2) FInals on Saturday (at Munising). Stephenson has been right with us. Hancock also has a nice team and they've ran against good competition. The race for the U.P. title appears to be wide-open. Everybody has a chance."
North Central's leader was sophomore Dillon Robinson, who placed 10th (19:56).
Florence senior Jenny Goeman won the girls' race at 21:26, followed by Goodman-Pembine's Teddy Reed (21:38) and Norway's Alexis Kallenbach (21:57).
"I learned in the first two meets (this season) I wasn't pushing myself enough." said Goeman, who's battling a cold and allergies. "I'm usually warm in every race, but lately I've been feeling a little cold. The cold and allergies are effecting my breathing. My times have been better than last year, although they haven't been as good in the last three meets as expected. When I get pushed, I do better."
For Goeman and the Bobcats, this meet served as a tune-up for Friday's Division 4 sectional meet at Schofield, Wis. where they'll run four kilometers (2 1/2 miles) compared to 5-Ks in Michigan.
"It's a pretty big transition for me coming over here," she said. "Although, the extra distance helps me for the 4-Ks. Only, you have to go out a little harder in the 4-Ks."
Big Bay de Noc's Patience Harris was the area's pacesetter, taking 11th (23:50).