Gladstone’s Bruce runs to XC win

Burt Angeli Iron Mountain News photo North Central's Griffin Johnson (5176) leads the pack early.

IRON MOUNTAIN — Ericka Asmus led a Marquette blitz of the girls team title and Gladstone’s Adam Bruce tuned up for bigger boys events in Tuesday’s Kingsford Invitational cross country meet at City Park.

Asmus, one of four Marquette girls in the top 10, covered the 3.1-mile course in 21 minutes, eight seconds. Teammates Delaney Sall, third; Reegan Ketzenberger, sixth; and Josie Danielkiewicz, 10th, also earned medals. Redettes’ Samantha Borzick was 13th.

Asmus, getting into the swing of things after a summer of Nordic skiing, said her time was “OK.”

“I’ve done better here,” Asmus said. “I’ve been focusing on Nordic skiing this summer. I’m expecting my times to improve.”

Runner-up Anabel Needham of Houghton (21:31) trailed Asmus by 13 seconds.

“A lot of people complain about the hills but doing Nordic skiing there’s hills that are way worse,” said Asmus, who had more trouble with the heat and humidity than the hills.

Marquette tallied 32 points to lead the eight-team field. Houghton, 58, was second, followed by Menominee 87, Westwood 116, Gladstone 127, West Iron County 145, Stephenson 164 and Escanaba 170.

Sarah Kulas led the host Flivvers with a 12th-place finish (23:57). Kingsford standout Lily Menghini (ill) did not run.

Bruce, who ran about 20 miles in the previous three days, dominated the Kingsford Invitational boys meet in 17:04.

“It was not an easy course but I’m happy with the time,” said Bruce. “I think it was a good training run for me and something that I needed because we have a big meet this weekend in (downstate) Holly. We’re trying to get some nice training and not take it too, too hard.”

Houghton’s Joe Wood (18:34) held off Marquette’s Peyton Osborne (18:46) and teammate Branden Peterson (18:54) for second.

Bruce, a senior who is looking to run collegiately, competed Saturday in Newberry. He put in eight miles Sunday and an “easy” two to three Monday.

Marquette’s boys, 47, moved past Houghton 64, Gladstone 90, Menominee 114, Escanaba 120, Stephenson 149, Westwood 162 and Norway 193. Bruce was happy with his Braves taking third.

Results:

Boys — Marquette 47, Houghton 64, Gladstone 90, Menominee 114, Escanaba 120, Stephenson 149, Westwood 162, Norway 193

Medalists — 1. Adam Bruce, Glad, 17:04; 2. Joe Wood, Hou, 18:34; 3. Peyton Osborne, Mqt, 18:46; 4. Branden Peterson, Hou, 18:54; 5. Jake Strasler, Glad, 19:12; 6. Griffin Johnson, NC, 19:16; 7. Derek Douglas, Esc, 19:26;8. Landen Clausen, Men, 19:28; 9. Hunter Shepeck, Men, 19:30; 10. Moses Waite, Mqt, 19:36; 11. Hogan Nemetz, Mqt, 19:41; 12. Brodey Bevins, Esc, 19:435

Girls – Marquette 32, Houghton 58, Menominee 87, Westwood 116, Gladstone 127, West Iron County 145, Stephenson 164, Escanaba 170

Medalists – 1. Ericka Asmus, Mqt, 21:08; 2. Anabel Needham, Hou, 21:31; 3. Delaney Sall, Mqt, 22:17; 4. Maria Velat, Hou, 22:40; 5. Hayden Buck, Men, 22:42; 6. Reegan Ketzenberger, Mqt, 22:46; 7. Katie Anderla, Men, 22:47; 8. Hannah Mattila, Ww, 23:09; 9. Ingrid Seagren, Hou, 23:24; 10. Josie Danielkiewicz, Mqt, 23:45; 11. Amanda Matzick, Ww, 23:49; 12. Sarah Kulas, King, 23:57; 13. Samantha Borzick, Mqt, 24:04; 14. Kylee Kuntze, Ste, 2408.

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