2018-09-13 / Sports

St. Mary places fourth at Bear County


THE LELAND boys and girls cross country team gathers Saturday after the Charlevoix Mud Run. Photo: Jackie Anderson THE LELAND boys and girls cross country team gathers Saturday after the Charlevoix Mud Run. Photo: Jackie Anderson County boys and girls cross country teams competed in two different races this week. Glen Lake, Leland and the Suttons Bay club team traveled to Charlevoix Saturday to compete in the Mud Run. The race was divided by grades and genders. Junior and senior boys, junior and senior girls, sophomore and freshmen girls and freshmen and sophomore boys competed against each other.

St. Mary ran Saturday in the Bear County Invitational at Buckley high school.

Glen Lake and Leland also went to Buckley Tuesday for the Northwest Conference Jamboree. Following are each schools results from the previous races.

St. Mary places fourth at Bear County

One of the county schools chose not to compete in the Mud Run and take part in another meet over the weekend.


MAKENNA SCOTT continues through the mud Saturday at Charlevoix. Photo: Ryan Schut MAKENNA SCOTT continues through the mud Saturday at Charlevoix. Photo: Ryan Schut St. Mary competed Saturday in the Bear County Invitational at Buckley high school. Both the boys and girls teams placed fourth. They boys competed against six other teams and the girls competed against eight other teams.

Max Gorcyca placed third place overall, as he finished with a time of 18:16. Cameron Tarsa finished in 11th, as he crossed the line with a time of 19:28. James Hearne placed 15th, as he finished with a time of 19:35.

Nathan Smith placed 23rd, running a time of 19:55. Micah Thoreson finished the race 33rd, with a time of 20:34 and Jack Bardenhagen finished with a time of 23:15 in 51st.

“New comer James Hearne posted a terrific first race with a time of 19:35,” St. Mary coach Nick Papes said. “He stayed stride for stride with veterans Cam Tarsa and Nathan Smith.”

The St. Mary girls team had a top 15 finisher in Ciara Glynn. Glynn finished the race with a time of 22:53, placing 11th. Mary MacDonald placed 19th, as she finished with a time of 23:35. Isabella Schaub placed 25th, finishing with a time of 24:26.

Breanna Weber was 41st, finishing with a time of 27:17, and Alexandria Kirt finished 43rd. Kirt finished with a time of 27:29. Emma Bardenhagen and Grace Hearne finished in 57th and 58th respectively. Bardenhagen finished with a time of 31:36 and Hearne finished with a time of 31:44.

“Ciara and Mary delivered as the onetwo punch,” Papes said. “Ciara always shines brightest when the stakes are high, and Isabella Schaub continues to grow rapidly in her inaugural season.”

Laker freshman places third at Jamboree

In between four Petoskey runners and another from Charlevoix, Makenna Scott finished third Saturday at the Charlevoix Mud Run.

Scott finished with a final time of 20:15, 18 seconds behind the lead runner.

“She ran with one shoe after she lost the other in the first mile,” Glen Lake coach Ryan Schut said. “She has the mentality, and she is on a mission. It takes a certain amount of guts to do that, and I think a lot of runners would’ve stopped.”

Karrigan LaCross placed 74th, finishing with a time of 25:07 for Glen Lake. Emma Korson finished 85th, crossing the line with a time of 25:36. Sara Baarstad placed 98th, finishing with a time of 26:23.

Zoe Korson finished 101st with a time of 26:38, and Grace Fosmore placed 103rd with a time of 26:42. Sam Garvin finished behind Fosmore in 104th with a time of 26:46.

The girls team placed fourth out of the five teams competing at the Buckley Jamboree.

Scott finished in third place for the Lakers, as she finished with a time of 21:03.

“She had another strong and amazing race,” Schut said. “I heard the Benzie runners talking during the race, telling each other to shake Makenna, but they couldn’t.”

Karrigan LaCross placed 34th, finishing with a time of 24:47 for the Lakers. Emma Korson and Zoe Korson placed 37th and 38th respectively. Emma finished with a time of 25:27, and Zoe finished with a time of 25:29.

“Karrigan is struggling a little bit, but she is my leader,” Schut said. “Emma Korson stepped up with Grace Fosmore out with an ankle injury.”

Sam Garvin finished with a time of 26:08, placing 40th. Sara Baarstad placed 42nd with a time of 26:39, and Mayzie Dingman finished with a time of 27:35. Dingman placed 44th.

Caleb Henderson led the way for the Laker’s boy team, as he placed 20th with a time of 18:32. Mason Staggs finished 41st, running a time of 19:27. Wyatt Pugh placed 54th, finishing with a time of 19:50.

Lucas Guevel finished 87th, as he ran a time of 21:03. Christian Barber took time off from soccer to compete in the meet. Barber ran a time of 21:36, placing 105th. Spencer Kaastra placed 127th, running a time of 22:38.

The boys team placed second in the Buckley Jamboree. Mason Staggs finished seventh, running a time of 18:28. Caleb Henderson placed ninth, finishing with a time of 18:50. Wyatt Pugh placed 15th, finishing with a time of 20:10.

Spencer Kaastra and Bastian Sanborn placed 22nd and 23rd respectively. Kaastra finished with a time of 21:05 and Sanborn with a time of 21:17. Lucas Guevel and Carter Kinnee finished 27th and 28th respectively. Guevel finished with a time of 21:55 and Kinnee with a time of 23:05.

“Mason has set goals for himself, and he is out getting them,” Schut said. “It was more of a weather challenge tonight in the heat. Wyatt is very coachable, and wants to continue to get better for us as well.”

Leland runs hard at

Mud Run, Jamboree

The Leland girls team placed eighth out of the 18 teams competing in the Mud Run, right behind Glen Lake who finished seventh.

“This is the first time we fielded a team for both men and women,” Leland coach Karen Kirt said. “The men’s team finished fifth our of seven small school teams and the women finished fourth out of 10 teams.”

Zach Fortuna and Max Jordan improved their times from last year, according to Kirt.

“Max was three and a half minutes faster,” Kirt said. “As a sophomore, he continues to get stronger and shows much improvement. The dual athletes contributed greatly to the team this weekend too.”

The women were led by Emma Waskiewicz, who earned a medal for 15th place in her age group. Twyla Walters and Melia Couturier followed Waskiewicz, and Justina Schaub ran her first 5k race of the season and high school career.

The Leland boys team was led by Fortuna in the Buckley Jamboree. Fortuna’s shoe split mid race, but was still able to finish 19th.

“Max Jordan continues to improve his time from his races last year for a second place team finish,” Kirt said. “Jackson and Julian Arens finished third and fourth on the team to round out the team.”

Walters finished 12th overall, and the first Comet runner to finish. Waskiewicz was the second Comet to finish, followed by Weist, Couturier, Sydney Richardson, Arielle MacDonald and Schaub.

“The women are working on running closer together as a team,” Kirt said. “It is still early season, and they are getting in shape.”

Konopka represents Norse

Suttons Bay had a lone runner at the Mud Run.

Jayce Konopka placed 112th, 61st in the division, with a time of 21:54.

“He’s been the only runner we had,” Suttons Bay club team coach Jim Harrelson said. “This is the only true 5k we have had.”

Konopka finished 26th in the Buckley Jamboree, finishing with a final time of 21:43. The Suttons Bay club team will compete next at the Ellsworth: House on Hill run.

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