WILSON - Area cross country teams offered little resistance Wednesday as the Munising Mustangs dominated both ends of the Central U.P./Skyline Conference meet.
Both Munising teams grabbed the top four places, with its girls taking six of the top seven spots and the boys placing five among the top seven.
The Munising girls finished with 16 points. Runner-up Carney-Nadeau had 62.
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Casey Charlier of Carney-Nadeau placed fifth among the girls with a time of 23:48 at the Central U.P./Skyline Conference Cross Country Meet Wednesday.
Munising's boys retained their title with 17 points. North Central took second at 59.
"Most of our kids had their best times," said North Central coach Jerry Root. "I thought everybody ran hard. We're pleased with our boys taking second and our girls placing third (with 78 points). We knew Munising was going to be real tough to beat. I think this is little bit of a confidence boost. Our times are coming down."
Munising freshman Brett Hannah was the boys' pacesetter, covering the hilly 3.1-mile course in 18 minutes, 27 seconds. He was followed by Izaak Mahoski (18:54), Sam MacArthur (19:19) and Bob Miles (19:39) on this windy, chilly and blustery day.
Munising 17, North Central 59, Carney-Nadeau 76, Big Bay de Noc and Superior Central 92.
Top 10 - 1, Brett Hannah, Munising, 18:27; 2, Izaak Mahoski, Munising, 18:53; 3, Sam MacArthur, Munising, 19:19; 4, Bob Miles, Munising, 19:39; 5, Dillon Robinson, North Central, 20:22; 6, Jesse Eisenbroek, Superior Central, 20:23; 7, Lukas Rittenger, Munising, 21:00; 8, Skyler Lloyd, Superior Central, 21:23; 9, Josh Granquist, North Central, 21:25; 10, Caine Knaus, Carney-Nadeau, 21:33.
Munising 16, Carney-Nadeau 62, North Central 78, Big Bay de Noc 85, Superior Central 88.
Top 10 - 1, Emily DesJardins, Munising, 22:54; 2, Alyssa St. Amour, Munising, 23:01; 3, Anna Baij, Munising, 23:23; 4, Julia Jacques, Munising, 23:27; 5, Casey Charlier, Carney-Nadeau, 23:48; 6, Diana Charboneau, Munising, 24:18; 7, Sara Charboneau, Munising, 24:24; 8, Selina Walters, Superior Central, 25:21; 9, Samantha Charlier, Carney-Nadeau, 25:38; 10, Patience Harris, Big Bay de Noc, 25:42.
"The wind kept me pretty cool out there," said Hannah. "With it being windy and cold, I figured I did all right. I think this is little bit of a confidence boost with the U.P. (Division 3) Finals right around the corner."
North Central sophomore Dillon Robinson paced area runners by taking fifth (20:22).
"We had to do a lot of stretching and running in warm-ups," said Robinson. "It was very difficult to breathe, but I'm real pleased with my time. Our whole team has come a long way this year. I think we're putting together a loyal team, and Mr. Root deserves a lot of credit. He's a real good coach."
Third-place Carney (with 76 points) ran without its top runner, Dionte Blahnik, who was in competing in High School Bowl at Northern Michigan University.
Munising's Emily DesJardins gained her first league title in 22:54, followed by Alyssa St. Amour (23:01), Anna Baij (23:23) and Julia Jacques (23:27).
"This is kind of exciting, especially with this being my senior year," said DesJardins. "I ran with Alyssa and Anna, and Alyssa pushed me for quite a while. We do a lot of team runs in practice, which I think helps us a lot. It was a cold out there, but below the (big) hill it was a little warmer because it blocked the wind. Having the wind on our back at the finish also helped."
Carney senior Casey Charlier placed fifth in 23:48, an 11-second improvement from her winning time in the North Central Division 3 Invitational on Sept. 19.
In the jayvee race, Carney's Zach Schetter was the winner (24:40).