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2018-11-07 / Sports

Area Runners Do Well in Conference Standings

by Stephen King

Recently, the All Conference picks were made for Cross Country. This year, there were many runners from this area garnering honors. Engadine’s Leah Gould topped the list for the ladies. She came away with a fourth for the conference.

“This feels really good,” said Gould. “I’ve trained hard for this. I try and run at least two or three miles a day and do some stretching. My favorite meet this year had to be in Newberry. The weather wasn’t that great, but I was able to run through it and take fourth. My worst race was the Finals. I thought I should have been able to do much better but the weather was terrible and I was very cold.”

“My goal next year is to improve. I placed fourth quite a few times. I don’t know if I can win, but I think I can improve.”

Elizabeth Becker, of St. Ignace was first on the All Conference EUP list. Fellow Saint Hallie Marshall was next followed by Cedarville’s Lilianna Cason, Eagle Leah Gould and rounding out the top five for first team was Newberry’s Jorja Suriano.

Engadine’s Corinne Vallier was named to the second team All Conference in tenth place while Annika Hollinger of Engadine received Honorable Mention.

For the Girls Team Rankings, it was St. Ignace in first, with three points; Cedarville with seven; Engadine in third, with nine; Mackinaw City in fourth, with 11; and Newberry in fifth with 15. They were followed by Brimley, Rudyard, and then Pickford.

Austin Plotkin of Brimley took first for the boys. Cedarville’s Thomas Bohn in second, Cameron Hoornstra, also of Brimley, Indian Ephram Evans in fourth and rounding out the first team was Evan Griffis, also of Newberry.

Logan Depew was named to the second team. Drawing Honorable Mention was Chase Canfield and Jared Wallace of Newberry and Hunter Sapp, of Engadine. “I am very happy to have made Honorable Mention,” said Sapp. “Next, year, my goal is to improve. I want to break 19 minutes and move up in the standings and hopefully take a medal in the Finals.

The Brimley boys placed first in the team standings, with four points; Newberry second with five; Rudyard third with nine; Mackinaw City had 13; and Engadine rounded out the top five with 14. Next were Cedarville, Pickford, and St. Ignace.

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