Braves boys retain XC conference title

ISHPEMING — The Gladstone boys retained their Mid-Peninsula Conference cross country title here Monday, squeezing past Negaunee 36-37.

Third-place Manistique scored 63 points, and Westwood had 82. Gwinn and Ishpeming didn’t field complete teams.

Gladstone junior Drew Hughes repeated as M-PC champ, covering the 3.1-mile course in 17 minutes, 40.2 seconds for his 11th straight victory.

He was followed by Negaunee juniors James Dank (19:01.6), Judge Anderson (19:16.8) and John Plaxco (19:33.2) and Braves’ freshman Aaron Hughes (19:47.7).

Gladstone sophomore Tanner Howes placed sixth (20:28.5), and senior teammate Andrew Bracket was seventh (20:29.3)

Junior Grant Mason was Manistique’s leader in ninth (20:52.1).

The Negaunee girls won with 25 points, followed by defending champion Gladstone 42 and Westwood 56. Manistique and Ishpeming had no team scores.

Ishpeming sophomore Lola Korpi won in 21:04.4, followed by Negaunee freshman Marlee Plaxco (21:41.9), junior Endla Harris (22:19.6) and Lauren Ossenheimer (22:26.4).

Senior Samantha Strasler led the Braves in seventh (22:54.5) and classmate Jamisyn Bergeron was ninth (24:05.6).

Freshman Calista Watchhorn led Manistique in 17th (26:21.1).

The season concludes with Saturday’s Upper Peninsula Finals at Marquette.


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