By John Vrancic
For The Daily News
NORWAY - Running as a pack paid off for the Norway boys Monday as they earned top honors in their own invitational cross country meet with 28 points.
Burt Angeli/The Daily News Photos
Jenny Goeman of Florence led from the start in the Norway Invitational cross country meet on Monday. Norway’s Alexis Kallenbach (center) and Goodman-Pembine’s Teddy Peed (right) also challenged.
The Knights, who placed five among the top nine, were followed by Munising 41 and Florence 77.
This marked the third victory this season for the Knights, who were also crowned Mid-Peninsula Conference champs Thursday at Negaunee.
"Our boys are doing well," said Norway coach Rose Zygiel. "They're pushing each other. We're excited for the U.P. (Division 2) Finals on Saturday (at Munising). Stephenson has been right with us. Hancock also has a nice team and they've ran against good competition. The race for the U.P. title appears to be wide-open. Everybody has a chance."
Munising freshman Brett Hannah won the 3.1-mile race at Strawberry Lake in 18 minutes, 17 seconds. He was followed by Norway's Steve Raboin (18:20), Munising's Izaak Mahoski (18:21), Norway's Justin Anderson (18:38) and Florence's Dan Jones (18:42) on this sunny and seasonably cool day.
"The Norway boys look good," said Munising coach Fran DesArmo. "I'm pretty happy with the way our kids ran. Brett's a good kid and a hard worker. He's not afraid of pain."
North Central's leader was sophomore Dillon Robinson, who placed 10th (19:56).
"This was a pretty solid effort by our kids," said North Central coach Jerry Root. "Our four girls ran their best times. We're pleased that four of our boys and three of our girls medaled. We're a young and competitive team. This was a good tune-up for the U.P. (Division 3) Finals."
The Munising girls also placed five among the top nine and won with 31 points, followed by Norway 64 and Goodman-Pembine 73.
"Our girls have ran well as a pack all year," said DesArmo.
Florence senior Jenny Goeman made it 2-for-2 at Norway this year, topping the girls at 21:26. She was followed by Goodman-Pembine's Teddy Peed (21:38) and Norway's Alexis Kallenbach (21:57).
"I learned in the first two meets (this season) that I wasn't pushing myself enough." said Goeman, who's battling a cold and allergies. "I'm usually warm in every race, but lately I've been feeling a little cold. The cold and allergies are effecting my breathing. My times have been better than last year, although they haven't been as good in the last three meets as expected. When I get pushed, I do better."
For Goeman and the Bobcats, this meet served as a tune-up for Friday's Division 4 sectional meet at Schofield, Wis. where they'll run four kilometers (2 1/2 miles) instead of 5-Ks as in Michigan.
"It's a pretty big transition for me coming over here," she said. "Although, the extra distance helps me for the 4-Ks. Only, you have to go out a little harder in the 4-Ks."
Norway's Krya Johnson took eighth (22:54).
Boys -Norway 28, Munising 41, Florence 77, North Central 84, Goodman-Pembine 107. Big Bay de Noc NTS.
Top 10 - 1, Brett Hannah, Munising, 18:17; 2, Steve Raboin, Norway, 18:20; 3, Izaak Mahoski, Munising, 18:21; 4, Justin Anderson, Norway, 18:38; 5, Dan Jones, Florence, 18:42; 6, Jake Wetzel, Norway, 18:50; 7, Mike Zygiel, Norway, 19:14; 8, Sam MacArthur, Munising, 19:36; 9, Randy Mueller, Norway, 19:38; 10, Dillon Robinson, North Central, 19:56.
Girls - Munising 31, Norway 64, Goodman-Pembine 73, Florence 89. North Central an Big Bay de Noc NTS.
Top 10 - 1, Jenny Goeman, Florence, 21:26; 2, Teddy Peed, Goodman-Pembine, 21:38; 3, Alexis Kallenbach, Norway, 21:57; 4, Alyssa St. Amour, Munising, 22:29; 5, Julia Jacques, Munising, 22:38; 6, Anna Baij, Munising, 22:40; 7, Diana Charboneau, Munising, 22:48; 8, Kyra Johnson, Norway, 22:54; 9, Sara Charboneau, Munising, 23:03; 10, Kiarah Battker, Goodman-Pembine, 23:07.