RAPID RIVER - Dave Partyka of Manistique made his move with about a half-mile to go, then hung on for a victory Monday in the Sixth Annual Run for Joe.
Partyka covered the 3.1-mile course in 17 minutes, 57 seconds. Escanaba High School sophomore Eric Cousineau, who led most of the way, settled for runner-up honors (18:00), with Rob Cavalieri of Vulcan third (18:58).
"It was beautiful weather for a race," said Partyka, head track and cross country coach at Big Bay de Noc High School. "I felt I had a pretty good pace all the way through. I'm not sure what made the difference in the end."
Gladstone eighth-grader Leigha Woelffer earned the women's title at 20:31, followed by Brittany and Jill Richard of Garden in 22:04 and 22:36, respectively.
"I did the Cellcom Half-Marathon in Green Bay last weekend, and I think that helped a lot," said Woelffer, who's eagerly awaiting her first season of high school cross country.
"It seemed like this race went by so quick. I really wasn't expecting to win. I had never won a race before. Yet, I think I could have gone even faster."
10 & under - Cameron Kelly, Gladstone, 24:33; 11-14 - Ben Kelly, Gladstone, 20:22; 15-19 - Eric Cousineau, Escanaba, 18:00; 20-29 - Jake Nicholson, Rapid River, 20:21; 30-39 - Dave Partyka, Manistique, 17:57; 40-49 - Chris Gilstad, Midland, Mich., 21:35; 50-54 - Steve Tackman, Escanaba, 25:49; 55-59 - Rob Cavalieri, Vulcan, 18:58; 60-64 - Rick Schwartz, Cooks, 23:57; 65-69 - Dave Hunter, Cedar River, 27:32.
10 & under - Landry Koski, Rock, 24:46; 11-14 - Leigha Woelffer, Gladstone, 20:31; 15-19 - Brittany Richard, Garden, 22:04; 20-29 - Clare Cunningham, Marquette, 23:00; 30-39 - Kristin Derouin, Midland, Mich., 23:40; 40-49 - Jill Richard, Garden, 22:36; 50-54 - Donna Thackway, Marquette, 27:13; 55-59 - Deborah Koster, Gladstone, 26:21; 60 & 64 - Jana Aho, Gladstone (time wasn't available); 65-69 - Kathleen Morse, Marquette, 29:55.
The race, run under sunny conditions with temperatures in the low 50s, drew roughly 200 runners.