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Calumet girls lead tune-up for U.P. Finals in Munising

September 26, 2012
By John Vrancic - For the Gazette , The Daily Mining Gazette

MUNISING - The Calumet girls weren't running at full strength Tuesday, which is a scary thought for opposing cross country teams.

Despite running without one of their top harriers, Julia Lean, the Copper Kings had enough depth to win the Munising Invitational with 64 points.

The Copper Kings, placing four in the top 12, were followed by defending champion Marquette, 79, and Menominee, 99.

"We've been doing very well," said Calumet coach Arnie Kinnunen. "We're very pleased with how our season is going. We have some depth on this team. We have a few kinks to work out, but we're running real strong as a team."

Marquette freshman Lindsey Rudden won the 3.1-mile race at Pictured Rocks Golf & Country Club in a personal best 18 minutes, 21 seconds on this partly sunny and mild day.

"I felt I needed to work a lot harder this time," said Rudden. "I knew Tara was going to come after me and she did. She stayed with me for two miles, then I gradually pulled away. With this being such a large field, I really didn't know what to expect. I really like this course and today's weather conditions. It's so much more comfortable running in this than in the heat and humidity. It was nice and shady on the course."

Fact Box

Munising Invitational


Escanaba 56, Houghton 121, Sault Ste. Marie 124, Kingsford 153, Menominee 156, Negaunee 158, Marquette 201, Calumet 235, Norway 277, Stephenson 295, Munising 306, St. Ignace 354, Ironwood 374, Hancock 376, Gladstone 384, Gwinn 391, Carney-Nadeau 470, Manistique 563, Ishpeming 579, North Central 605, Westwood 622, Rudyard 646, Newberry 650, Bessemer 673, Big Bay de Noc 676, Marquette North Star Academy 678, Superior Central 702, L'Anse 732.

Top 10 - 1, Parker Scott, Sault Ste. Marie, 16:15; 2, Andrew Stenberg, Escanaba, 16:32; 3, Dan Kulas, Kingsford, 16:36; 4, Jacob Colling, Houghton, 16:36; 5, Connor Cappaert, Stephenson, 16:40; 6, David Jazsczak, Houghton, 16:52; 7, Devin Berg, Calumet, 16:53; 8, Davey Luplow, Menominee, 16:55; 9, Jordan Ogren, Escanaba, 16:56; 10, Eric Cousineau, Escanaba, 17:03.


Calumet 64, Marquette 79, Menominee 99, Escanaba 109, Sault Ste. Marie 139, Houghton 163, Ironwood 243, Newberry 251, Rudyard 261, St. Ignace 275, Munising 294, Gladstone 334, Hancock 380, Kingsford 415, Westwood 454, Gwinn 472, Negaunee 480, Norway 507, Manistique 517, L'Anse 543, Carney-Nadeau 546, Bessemer 605, Superior Central 607, North Central 638, Big Bay de Noc 647, Marquette North Star Academy 667.

Top 10 - 1, Lindsey Rudden, Marquette, 18:21; 2, Sarah Cullip, St. Ignace, 18:54; 3, Tara Kiilunen, Calumet, 19:03; 4, Kameron Burmeister, Menominee, 19:32; 5, Leah Kiilunen, Calumet, 19:36; 6, Aimee Giese, Escanaba, 19:48; 7, Calla Martysz, Marquette, 19:56; 8, Rachel Poyhonen, Calumet, 20:00; 9, Leah Jarvie, Rudyard, 20:05; 10, Hannah Palmeter, Ironwood, 20:08.

St. Ignace senior Sarah Cullip was runner-up (18:54) and Calumet senior Tara Kiilunen took third (19:03).

Kiilunen, who came in as defending champion, appeared to have second place locked up. But she stopped and then dropped to her knees about 10 feet short of the finish line before scrambling through the chute.

"This is the first race this year that I was out of my comfortable zone," said Kiilunen. "I felt I was pushing it the whole time. This is also the only time I've run against Sarah and we were neck and neck the whole race. It came down to the final kick. I outkicked her, then I blew it in the end. I thought I had crossed the finish line.

"The girl from Marquette was quick right off the gun. I tried to stay with her, but she was too fast."

Calumet's Leah Kiilunen placed fifth (19:36), followed by Rachel Poyhonen eighth (20:00) and Abby Helppi 12th (20:13).

Lean, who had been nursing a stress fracture in her tibia, hopes to be ready in time for Calumet's next trip to Munising for the Upper Peninsula Division 1 Finals on Oct. 20.

Houghton's Ashley Laux took 16th (20:38), with Martha Abbott 25th (20:58).

The Escanaba boys were crowned champions with 56 points, followed by Houghton 121 and Sault Ste. Marie 124.

Sault freshman Parker Scott was the individual winner at 16:15, five seconds better than his third-place finish in Saturday's Jackson Invitational.

"I just go out fast and hope that I feel good at the mile mark," he said. "Then, I try to maintain that pace and have a kick in the end. I trained a lot during the summer. I run seven miles a day, six days a week and take Sundays off. I think the rest day helps keep my energy level high."

Esky senior Andrew Stenberg took second (16:32), followed by Kingsford senior Dan Kulas and Houghton sophomore Jacob Colling (16:36).

"I'm excited about my time," said Colling. "I had no idea I was going to run this fast, and I'm sure having Parker here contributed to that. I think he can only help cross country in the U.P. The fact that he's just a freshman and running those kinds of times is impressive."

Houghton's David Jazsczak took sixth (16:52), a second ahead of Calumet's Devin Berg.

The Hancock girls placed 13th with 380 points and the boys were 14th at 376.

Hancock's boys ran without freshman Travis Besner, who's battling leg problems.

"We have some underclassmen who are showing promise at this point of the season," said Hancock coach Matt Dennis. "The boys are looking to put it together for the Finals."

Most area teams will resume at the L'Anse Invitational Oct. 4.



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