2016-09-22 / Sports

Charpentier, Lady Lakers defend Lake City title

By Jay Bushen
Of The Enterprise staff


GLEN LAKE cross country runners took home a pair of trophies Saturday at the Lake City Invitational. The Lady Lakers finished first as a team, defending their 2015 title, while the Glen Lake boys took second. Both teams will join Leland and Suttons Bay runners in Kingsley on Tuesday for the second Northwest Conference jamboree of the fall campaign. 
Photo: Sage Deemer GLEN LAKE cross country runners took home a pair of trophies Saturday at the Lake City Invitational. The Lady Lakers finished first as a team, defending their 2015 title, while the Glen Lake boys took second. Both teams will join Leland and Suttons Bay runners in Kingsley on Tuesday for the second Northwest Conference jamboree of the fall campaign. Photo: Sage Deemer Sunny Charpentier and her Glen Lake teammates refused to let scattered showers rain on their fast-paced parade.

Charpentier took second (23:03.58) and Karrigan LaCross crossed fourth (23:22.23) Saturday as the Lady Lakers splashed their way to a second Lake City Invite trophy in as many years.

“I knew Karrigan and Sunny had a chance to win the meet on paper,” Glen Lake coach Ryan Schut said. “I told them to go out and set the pace.”

The team finished with 28 points, outpacing runner-up Lake City (52) and Reed City (54), respectively.


ST. MARY girls gather for a group photo after the Ludington Briggs True Value Invite on Saturday. 
Photo: Carol Tondreau ST. MARY girls gather for a group photo after the Ludington Briggs True Value Invite on Saturday. Photo: Carol Tondreau Pack mentality paid off for Glen Lake as Jennifer LaCross (24:51.82), Sage Deemer (24:55.41), Hannah Brown (25:06.91) and Sarah Carney (25:28.84) crossed the finish line 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th, respectively.

“The course is flat and fast,” Schut said. “That’s why we like to go there. We came off the Buckley race in the conference, which was also flat, so it was good to go back to another place that wasn’t hilly to work on speed.”

Drake Parker (19:31.10) and Noah Henderson (19:38.26) paced Glen Lake on the boys side, placing sixth and seventh individually as the Lakers took second as a team.

Fairview took home top team honors with 27 points ahead of Glen Lake (56), Lake City (59) and Houghton Lake (69).

Christian Barber finished 14th (20:41.91) for Glen Lake ahead of Spencer Kaastra (22:00.81) and Ethan Kinnee (25:03.03 SR), who finished 19th and 31st.

Schut, who saw his boys finish second at last week’s conference jamboree in Buckley, was pleased with the effort.

“I knew it would come down to Ethan,” Schut said. “He had a goal to run his best time of the year.”

Another county cross country team, the St. Mary girls, also put together a strong performance on Saturday in the Ludington Briggs True Value Invite.

Hanna Grant hit a PR and finished second (21:35.48) in a field of 93 runners to lift the Lady Eagles to a second-place finish among 11 teams. Manistee took first with 94 points, outpacing St. Mary (100).

St. Mary coach Nick Papes was pleasantly surprised with Grant’s run.

“The elevation changes dramatically,” Papes said of the course. “You’re not supposed to PR there.”

Lexi Schaub (24:35.22) and Ciara Glynn (24:54.47) also medaled for St. Mary in 20th and 27th place.

Papes said the team is progressing.

“The whole girls team picked up where they left off last year,” he said. “They’re starting to find that groove.”

The boys team, which is down to six runners, finished 10th in a field of 11 teams. Avery Kohler was the top finisher for St. Mary in 27th place (20:00.40).

Leland and Suttons Bay were also in action Saturday at the House on a Hill race in Ellsworth.

The Lady Norse finished third out of 12 teams while the boys finished fourth. With only four runners, Leland did not have a team score.

Shantel Francis led a group of six Suttons Bay medalists, four of which were girls: Francis finished sixth (23:12), Kelsey Pease placed ninth (24:20), Corinne Kramlauf was 11th (25:15) and Morgan Jeffrey took 20th (27.58). Jayce Konopka took 17th on the boys side (21:06), besting 25thplace finisher Will Faught (22:02).

“Super hilly and the flat ground was honestly kind of mucky,” said Suttons Bay coach Jeremy Fenske. “It was one of the harder runs of the season, but all of our runners I was very happy with.

“It was not an easy day by any means but they ran really, really well.”

Leland coach Kat Murphy said hot and humid conditions made the race a test of mental toughness.

Zach Fortuna ran through the heat, however, finishing 11th in the small school division (20:18).

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