By John Vrancic
For The Daily News
FLAT ROCK - The Escanaba boys continued to rule the cross country trails Thursday as they retained the Gladstone Invitational title with 34 points.
Kingsford, paced by individual champion Daniel Kulas, placed second in the Stephenson and Escanaba cross country meets. The Flivvers, front: Jorge Sanchez and Nate Carey. Back row, from left: Dylan Lawton, Josh Johnson, Daniel Kulas and Keith Holmes.
Esky, which has won 7-of-8 meets this season, was followed by Kingsford 80 and Marquette 94.
Kingsford had the individual winner, however, as senior Dan Kulas covered the 3.1-mile course at Beauchamp's Grove 16 minutes, 55 seconds. He was followed by Esky senior Andrew Stenberg (16:59) and Marquette freshman Lance Rambo (17:07) on this mostly sunny, breezy and seasonably warm day.
"I kind of pulled away in the last mile," said Kulas. "It helped having the wind pushing on your back in the end. We just had to push a little harder into the wind. This gives me confidence going into the GNC (Great Northern Conference) meet. I'm looking forward to running on a new course (Escanaba Country Club on Oct. 11). It should be fun."
The Marquette girls also repeated as champions with 31 points. Esky and Menominee had 57 each, with the Eskymos gaining second place on a tie-breaker.
Marquette freshman Lindsey Rudden was the girls' winner at 18:57.