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Saints Claim Cross Country Crown

St. Ignace Girls, Brimley Boys Are Champions at U.P. Finals in Munising
By Kevin R. Hess


The St. Ignace girls cross-country team won the Division 2 Championship at the U.P. Finals at Pictured Rocks Golf Course in Munising Saturday, October 21. The Saints boasted four of the top 10 runners. The team is pictured here after receiving their trophy. Team members are (back row, from left) Head Coach Mary Cullen, Hallie Marshall (fifth place), Emily Coveyou (seventh place), Caiti Dean, Libby Becker (second place), Regan Mortensen; (front) Madison Barkley, Emmalee Hart (third place), and Addison Cheeseman. (Photograph provided by Mary Cullen) The St. Ignace girls cross-country team won the Division 2 Championship at the U.P. Finals at Pictured Rocks Golf Course in Munising Saturday, October 21. The Saints boasted four of the top 10 runners. The team is pictured here after receiving their trophy. Team members are (back row, from left) Head Coach Mary Cullen, Hallie Marshall (fifth place), Emily Coveyou (seventh place), Caiti Dean, Libby Becker (second place), Regan Mortensen; (front) Madison Barkley, Emmalee Hart (third place), and Addison Cheeseman. (Photograph provided by Mary Cullen) The St. Ignace girls and Brimley boys capped off successful cross-country seasons by winning at the Upper Peninsula Finals Saturday,

October 21, at Pictured Rocks Golf Course in Munising. The Saints were the top team in Division 2, with four runners finishing in the top seven. They defeated second place Ishpeming by 27 points. St. Ignace’s Libby Becker placed second, finishing 15 seconds behind Ispheming Westwood’s Tessa Leece. Becker was followed closely by teammates Emmalee Hart, Hallie Marshall, and Emily Coveyou, who finished third, fifth, and seventh, respectively. St. Ignace won their first Division 2 championship after a very successful regular season in which the Saints girls routinely finished with multiple runners in the top five or 10 in nearly every meet, and led by a strong freshman class, the program looks to remain a championship contender for years to come. Becker and Coveyou are both juniors, so the Saints could return all of their top runners next year. Becker was added to the team midway through the season, as Coach Mary Cullen was looking for one more runner to fill out the team, and Becker rewarded her coach with a runner-up finish at the finals.


The Brimley Bays boys won the Division 3 Championship during the U.P. Finals held at Pictured Rocks Golf Course in Munising Saturday, October 21. The Bays, runners-up last year, defeated three-time defending champion Chassell in a tiebreaker, to claim their first title. The team is pictured here after being presented with their trophy. Team members are (back row, from left) Head Coach Scout Hester, Zach Gross, Jacob Hopper, Sam Hopper, Nate Recla, Jacob Skonieczny, Tristen Lyons; (front) Josh Gross, Danny Anderson, Mason Harris, Austin Plotkin (first overall), Cameron Hoornstra, Hunter Lipponen, and Marcus Harris. Not pictured: Torin Miller. (Photograph by Kate Hoornstra) The Brimley Bays boys won the Division 3 Championship during the U.P. Finals held at Pictured Rocks Golf Course in Munising Saturday, October 21. The Bays, runners-up last year, defeated three-time defending champion Chassell in a tiebreaker, to claim their first title. The team is pictured here after being presented with their trophy. Team members are (back row, from left) Head Coach Scout Hester, Zach Gross, Jacob Hopper, Sam Hopper, Nate Recla, Jacob Skonieczny, Tristen Lyons; (front) Josh Gross, Danny Anderson, Mason Harris, Austin Plotkin (first overall), Cameron Hoornstra, Hunter Lipponen, and Marcus Harris. Not pictured: Torin Miller. (Photograph by Kate Hoornstra) “The team set out this year with the goal to win the U.P. championship and the EUP conference title,” said Coach Cullen. “The group worked hard at every meet and every practice, and they surpassed my goals. They are talented and hardworking and I feel honored and blessed to have coached them this year.”


Thomas Bohn, Cedarville Trojans, finished in second place. Thomas Bohn, Cedarville Trojans, finished in second place. Caiti Dean, the lone senior on the girls team, finished 21st of 48 runners and finishes her career with a U.P. championship. Anthony Barkley was the lone senior for the boys team.

“I will miss Caiti and Anthony next year,” said Coach Cullen. They were with me my first year as the coach. Anthony was a great supporter and leader for the few boys we did have, but also for the girls.”

Coach Cullen is already thinking of next year and says she has placed goals for three titles – the Straits Area Conference, the EUP Conference, and the U.P. finals. She knows that her team will be the one others will be trying to take down.

“We’ll have to work even harder next year,” she said. “It’s easier to come from behind and beat the top teams than it is to be the top team and stay there.”

Brimley had never won the U.P. Championship until Saturday, and it took a tiebreaker to do so. Brimley and Chassell, the three-time defending U.P. champions, each finished with 60 points, but the Bays won the tiebreaker based on the finish of their sixth runner. The top five runners earn points toward each team’s score, but in the case of a tie, the sixth finisher for each team determines the winner. Jacob and Sam Hopper, Brimley’s next two runners, each finished ahead of Chassell’s sixth runner, giving the Bays the title.

Brimley Head Coach Scout Hester said he was proud of the effort that his team gave.

“Those two guys [Jacob and Sam Hopper] were our sixth and seventh guys most of the season, but they worked hard and got better each time,” he said. “They laid it out there for the team and we needed them to do this.”

Coach Hester’s team finished as the runners-up last year and had lost two of their top five runners to graduation. He knew the team was talented, but with a lack of experienced varsity runners, he said their success would be largely dependent on how the new runners would perform.

“We had hoped we’d be in contention for the title, but at the beginning of the season we just didn’t know,” he said. “Fortunately, our new guys bought into the training and worked hard. It took all seven guys to do this.”

Bohn’s runner-up finish helped Cedarville to a sixth place team finish. Plotkin and Bohn have finished first and second in every meet they’ve ran together, and each is just a sophomore. The Eastern Upper Peninsula will be well represented as long as both of these runners are competing. They paced each other throughout, but Plotkin was able to separate himself in the final several hundred meters to take the win. Plotkin averaged 5:31 per mile, while Bohn’s pace was 5:34.

Pickford’s Michael Satchell capped off his strong year by placing fourth overall. The Panthers placed 10th as a team. Rudyard showed strong consistency and finished third. There were 14 teams total competing in the finals. Schools with fewer than five team members were not eligible for team scoring, but individuals from those schools could still compete for the individual title.

Division 2 Girls *48 Runners

Team: 1. St. Ignace 2. Ishpeming 3. Ishpeming Westwood 4. Hancock 5. Newberry 6. Wakefield-Marenisco St. Ignace: 2. Libby Becker 3. Emmalee Hart 5. Hallie Marshall 7. Emily Coveyou 21. Caiti Dean 30. Madison Barkley 41. Regan Mortensen

Division 2 Boys *51 runners

St. Ignace: 45. Anthony Barkley 48. Trevor Matson

Division 3 Girls *66 Runners

Team: 1. Chassell 2. Rock Mid- Peninsula 3. Munising 4. Cedarville 5. Painesdale-Jeffers 6. Stephenson 7. Dollar Bay

Cedarville: 12. Cassidy Barr 16. Meredith Emigh 17. Lily Freel 21. Zoe Autore 37. Isabella Cason 51. Audrey Pearson 53. Alyssa Cloud

Pickford: 15. Natalie Miller 62. Brianna Portice

Rudyard: 28. Erin Maloney

Engadine: 19. Annika Hollinger 36. Corinne Vallier 50. Abigail Germain

Brimley: 24. Kendra Carrick 42. Olivia Wilcox

Division 3 Boys *109 Runners

Team: 1. Brimley 2. Chassell 3. Rudyard 4. Munising 5. Stephenson 6. Cedarville 7. Republic- Michigamme 8. Painesdale-Jeffers 9. Powers North Central 10. Pickford 11. Rapid River 12. Watersmeet Township 13. Dollar Bay 14. Engadine

Brimley: 1. Austin Plotkin (17:08) 8. Cameron Hoornstra 11. Hunter Lipponen 14. Nate Recla 28. Jacob Skonieczny 34. Jacob Hopper 42. Sam Hopper

Rudyard: 10. Payton Cheney 24. Robert Malaski 29. Gannon Smith 30. Hayden Mills 35. Jesse Carter- Powell 36. Tanner Norton 78. Jayden Cozort

Cedarville: 2. Thomas Bohn (11 seconds behind) 41. Iker Ortiz Lacoma 47. Zach Ryan 52. Josh Goodell 61. Zach Snyder

Pickford: 4. Michael Satchell 46. Blaine Miller 66. Jacob Satchell 88. David Nayback 94. Ben Satchell 102. Brandon Ormsbee 105. Jacob Cornwell

Engadine: 48. Hunter Sapp 69. Drake DeWyse 81. Hunter Dennis 89. Andrew Legault 106. Charlie Snider 109. Dominick Clark

Mackinac Island: 19. Gabe Kromer 33. Gabriel Hepker 45. Dominic Morse

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