Cross country runners tackle Norway course

(Matt McCarthy/Daily News photo) Norway’s Shaun Dowrick pushes towards the finish line at the Norway Invitational cross country meet on Monday afternoon at Norway Speedway on the Dickinson County Fairgrounds.

NORWAY TOWNSHIP — Chalk up another cross country victory for Landry Koski.

The Mid Peninsula senior won for the fourth straight time here, covering the 3.1-mile course in a season-best 21 minutes, 23.6 seconds in Monday’s Norway Invitational, that finished in turn one of Norway Speedway.

She was followed by Munising junior Monique Brisson (21:59.2) and senior Jenna Matson (22:09.8) on this cloudy and seasonably cool day at the Dickinson County Fairgrounds.

“This was a big race and a good time for me,” said Koski. “I felt real good and noticed my pace was faster after the first mile. Then when I heard my two-mile split (13:26), I knew I was on pace for a better time. This is definitely a confidence boost, especially with the U.P. Finals coming up pretty soon.”

Munising, which placed five in the top 10, was crowned champion with 18 points. Runner-up Stephenson had 40.

The Stephenson boys took five of the top eight spots and won with 25 points, followed by Norway 58, Munising 61 and North Central 84.

Junior Brent Lagina was Norway’s leader in ninth (21:06.3), followed by freshman teammate Cole Davy (21:14.5) and North Central junior Jesse Sampson in a personal-best 21:15.1.

“I’m proud of the way our kids performed,” said Norway coach Rae Anne Seat. “Our middle school girls are undefeated this year. We were running without our eighth-graders who were playing in a basketball tournament at Forest Park and the North Central boys did a nice job winning the middle school meet.”

Munising junior Hattie Cota continued to progress following ACL surgery this summer, taking fourth in the girls’ race at 23:13.6.

“I’m getting stronger, and I keep working for it,” she said.

North Central sophomore Gracie Kleikamp placed sixth in a personal-best 23:57.4. Rapid River freshman Emma Sundling took eighth (24:40), and Florence senior Kiera Sullivan was 11th (25:22.1).

“We had a lot of PRs (personal records),” said North Central coach Mike Jenkins. “Gracie ran real well today. That was an awesome performance on her part.”

Munising freshman Trevor Nolan won the boys’ race (17:55.2), followed by senior teammate Kaelan Mulye (18:44.5) and Stephenson junior Griffin Brown (19:42.8).

“I was pretty happy, especially with my teammate (Mulye) getting a PR,” said Nolan.

Freshman Joe Carlson became Holy Name’s first varsity runner to medal in this new era, placing sixth in 20:08.7.


Stephenson 25, Norway 58, Munising 61, North Central 84. Holy Name, Rapid River, Mid Peninsula and Florence, Wis. NTS.

Top 10 — 1, Trevor Nolan, Munising, 17:55.2; 2, Kaelan Mulye, Munising, 18:44.5; 3, Griffin Brown, Stephenson, 19:42.8; 4, Ethan Lusardi, Stephenson, 19:58; 5, Buckley Corey, Stephenson, 20:03.1; 6, Joe Carlson, Holy Name, 20:08.7; 7, Tyler Engel, Stephenson, 20:24.4; 8, Donny Strazzinski, Stephenson, 20:35.2; 9, Brent Lagina, Norway, 21:06.3; 10, Cole Davy, Norway, 21:14.5.


Munising 18, Stephenson 40. Florence, Rapid River, Mid Peninsula, Holy Name, Norway, North Central NTS.

Top 10 — 1, Landry Koski, Mid Peninsula, 21:23.6; 2, Monique Brisson, Munising, 21:59.2; 3, Jenna Matson, Munising, 22:09.8; 4, Hattie Cota, Munising, 23;13.6; 5, Kayela Putnam, Stephenson, 23:44.9; 6, Gracie Kleikamp, North Central, 23:57.4; 7, Sabryna Smith, Munising, 24:24.3; 8, Emma Sundling, Rapid River, 24:40; 9, Kara Solander, Stephenson, 24:44.5; 10, Kate Mattson, Munising, 25:00.7.


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