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2018-09-12 / Sports

NHS Cross-Country Teams Look Strong


Newberry’s Julian Carey and Engadine’s Hunter Sapp finished 19th and 17th respectfully at the Kiwanis Invitational last Saturday. Newberry’s Julian Carey and Engadine’s Hunter Sapp finished 19th and 17th respectfully at the Kiwanis Invitational last Saturday. The cross-country season is in full swing as the Newberry Indians traveled to Pickford for its Northwoods Invitational on August 29, and then hosted eight teams at the Kiwanis Invitational this past Saturday.

Pickford

Placing fourth overall at Pickford and first across the finish line for Newberry, Ephram Evans raced to a personal best of 18:05. Not far behind, senior Ev n Griffis placed fifth with a time of 18:34, also a personal best. Jared Wallace was 12th (19:24, another personal best), Chase Canfield 14th (19:57, best of the season) and Noah Gielecki 16th, with Julian Carey just two seconds behind with a personal best of 20:08 and 17th place.

Completing the Varsity run was Logan Depew (22nd) with a time of 21:31. The Indians scored 51 points, just eight points behind first-place Brimley. Rudyard scored 56, Engadine


Jack Filmore was the top runner in the JV race at the Kiwanis Invitational. Jack Filmore was the top runner in the JV race at the Kiwanis Invitational. 126, Mackinaw City 131 and Cedarville 136.

The Varsity girls’ team is a wonderful mix of seniors, experienced juniors and sophomores and energetic freshmen . The Lady Indians also placed second overall, led by freshman Jorja Suriano, who won by 30 seconds as she ran to a personal best of 22:01.

Cora Bufford, another freshman, placed 11th (24:14), Sophy Smithson 17th (26:08) and senior Briana Derusha 21st (27:34), while Carlee Corinth (28:16) and Caitlynn Canfield (28:22) finished 23rd and 24th. Megan Burt on raced to a 26th finish.

Winning the meet with 61 points was Cedarville, followed by Newberry 73, Engadine 81, Mackinaw City 90 , Brimley 103, Rudyard 129 and Pickford 138.

Racing in the Junior Varsity race, Hunter Clark finished with a seventh-place medal with a time of 25:34. Junior Grace Obey finished first in the JV race, followed by Claire Mohar (second) and Claire Neeb (third), both with personal best times.

Newberry Kiwanis

Hosting a meet is no small task. It takes many helping hands to make it a success and represent the school and community well. The Newberry Kiwanis meet was a great example of just that. Coach Fair relies on many parents, grandparents and local lovers of running to pull together a well-run event.

More than 240 athletes competed at the course behind the LMAS Health Department.

Racing over steep hills with sharp turns into a quarry, through an apple orchard and then along the trails of Zellar’s Meadows proved to be exciting and exhausting. With near perfect weather, the athletes’ times overall were faster than last year.

Crossing the finish line first for the Indians was Ephram Evans (fourth) with an excellent time of 18:33, over two minutes faster than last season. Griffis was over a minute faster this season with a time of 18:50 and placed sixth. Last season 18:56 won the meet; this season Adam Bruce from Gladstone set a new course record with a blistering 16:37.

Making huge progress from the previous meet and snagging a medal was sophomore Logan Depew who placed 11th as he finished with a time of 19:37 (over two minutes faster than last season). Jared Wallace continues to push the pace, finishing 16th with a time of 20:01, as sophomore Julian Carey finished 19th with one of his best times (20:24). Finishing the Varsity race for the Indians were Chase Canfield (23rd) and Noah Gielecki (24th).

Winning the meet was Glad stone 46. The Indians snagged another second place finish with 56 points. Sault Ste. Marie finished in third with 67, followed by Rudyard 73, Engadine 140, Manistique 153 and Cedarville 169.

For the Lady Indians, Suriano continued to set the pace with a fine fourth-place finish (23:50), followed by Bufford, who raced a personal best of 23:51 and a ninth-place finish.

Crossing the line next for Newberry was Canfield (33rd) with an improved time of 28:14, along with Madison Grigg (36th 28:48), Derusha (37th 28:55) and Burton (38th), who raced over a minute faster than last season with a 29:33 finish.

The St. Ignace team narrowly defeated Cedarville by two points, scoring 58 . Third place was Gladstone 78, followed by Sault Ste. Marie 83, Engadine 97, Newberry 119 , Rudyard 177 and Pickford 208.

In the Junior Varsity race, sophomore Jack Fillmore jumped out to a first place finish with a great time of 21:22. Clark was 12th with a best time of the season (24:09) and Perry Mesloh finished 14th with a time of 24:59.

Medaling for the girls, Adrika Tomica was eighth (29:05) and Carlee Corinth ninth (29:07). Just out of the medals in 11th place, Grace Obey finished with a time of 30:21. Racing to new personal bests were Mohar (31:55) and Neeb (33:58 ). Mickenzie Davis finished 17th, one-and-a-half minutes faster than last year.

Next Monday, September 17, the team competes in Cedarville.

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