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Norway boys place 4th; Taylor Adams places 6th overall in Skyline Central Conference cross county championships

By John Vrancic

For the Daily News

BANAT — Daisy Englund wished she had used different shoes for Wednesday’s Skyline Central Conference cross country meet.

As it turned out, that didn’t stop the Mid Peninsula senior from retaining her title here on this cloudy and damp day.

Englund covered the 3.1-mile course in 21 minutes, 38.6 seconds, followed by Munising sophomores Hattie Cota (22:25.3) and Monique Brisson (22:26.4) on the Dale Fountain course.

“It was a tough run,” said Englund. “This would have been a good day for spikes. My feet were slipping out there. The uphills affect my thighs, and they were burning. I liked the weather, though. I felt warm the whole race.”

Munising, which placed five in the top 12, took home the championship trophy with 33 points. The Mustangs were followed by Stephenson 57 and three-time defending champion Mid Pen 66.

The Stephenson boys were repeat winners with 33 points, followed by Rapid River 42 and Munising 54.

“This was a great day for our boys,” said Stephenson coach Kate Kuntze. “We got (sophomore) Ethan Lusardi back after being in quarantine for three weeks. It’s unfortunate he had to miss so many meets, but he ran like he meant it. I’m also heartbroken North Central is under quarantine and couldn’t be here.

“This was the last home meet for our seniors, and this was an emotional day for our senior girls. This was a good finish for them. I think we’re in a good spot. Munising is pretty strong.”

Cota was fresh from earning her first varsity triumph in Saturday’s Sault Ste. Marie Invitational.

“It feels pretty cool to be part of a conference championship team,” said Cota, who was the team’s lone representative a year ago. “This is the first time we ran on this course. We came in here blind. It was the same thing last year. I came in blind at Norway. When we warmed up, it seemed there were several courses blended into one. You have to be mentally prepared for the race and the fact this is a new course.”

Mid Pen junior Landry Koski placed fourth (22:40.2). Stephenson senior Kylee Kuntze took fifth (22:55.2), followed by Norway sophomore Taylor Adams (23:16.5), Superior Central sophomore Madisen Begovac (23:17) and Rapid River senior Taylor Van Oss (23:44.5).

Boys

Stephenson 33, Rapid River 42, Munising 54, Norway 89. Superior Central and Mid Peninsula NTS.

Girls

Munising 33, Stephenson 57, Mid Peninsula 66, Superior Central 84, Rapid River 101. Norway NTS.

Top 10 — 1, Daisy Englund, Mid Peninsula, 21:38.6; 2, Hattie Cota, Munising, 22:25.3; 3, Monique Brisson, Munising, 22:26.4; 4, Landry Koski, Mid Peninsula, 22:40.2; 5, Kylee Kuntze, Stephenson, 22:55.2; 6, Taylor Adams, Norway, 23:16.5; 7, Madisen Begovac, Superior Central, 23:17; 8, Taylor Van Oss, Rapid River, 23:44.5; 9, Julia Prunick, Munising, 23:49.9; 10, Sabryna Smith, Munising, 24:24.5.

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