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Kiilunen, Calumet girls back on top

Senior crowned D-1 champion for unprecedented fourth straight time

October 22, 2012
By John Vrancic - For the Gazette , The Daily Mining Gazette

MUNISING - Calumet senior Tara Kiilunen became part of Upper Peninsula cross country history Saturday, becoming the first girl to be crowned champion for the fourth straight time.

She covered the 3.1-mile course at Pictured Rocks Golf & Country Club in 19 minutes, 44 seconds on this sunny and seasonably cool day.

"This is an amazing feeling for me," said Killunen, who was nearly overcome with emotion shortly after the race. "Each year you win it, there's more pressure the next time. This was probably the most nervous I was for a race. I just appreciate the efforts of our coaches and my family. They've always been supporting me. I'm grateful for everything."

Her sister, freshman Leah Kiilunen, was runner-up at 19:50. She was followed by Menominee junior Kameron Burmeister (19:53).

"The Menominee girl was pushing me the whole way," said Leah. "Her coaches were giving her advice and I was listening to them. I knew what she was going to do."

Calumet captured the team title for the third time in four years with 41 points, followed by Escanaba 62, Sault Ste. Marie 84 and defending champion Marquette 96.

Fact Box

Upper Peninsula Finals

At Munising

Boys

Division 1

Sault Ste. Marie 65, Escanaba 72, Kingsford 101, Menominee 102, Houghton 105, Marquette 131, Negaunee 158, Calumet 189, Gwinn 190, Gladstone 276.

Top 15 - 1, Parker Scott, Sault Ste. Marie, 16:50; 2, Dan Kulas, Kingsford, 16:58; 3, Jacob Colling, Houghton, 16:59; 4, Lance Rambo, Marquette, 17:18; 5, Davey Luplow, Menominee, 17:19; 6, Andrew Stenberg, Escanaba, 17:26; 7, Devin Berg, Calumet, 17:31; 8, Nate Carey, Kingsford, 17:38; 9, Keenan Gantz, Negaunee, 17:41; 10, Sam Burtt, Sault Ste. Marie, 17:43; 11, Henry Lopez, Sault Ste. Marie, 17:47; 12, Matt Moilanen, Gwinn, 17:48; 13, Gunther DeDamos, Menominee, 17:49; 14, Jordan Ogren, Escanaba, 17:50; 15, Brad Derouin, Escanaba, 17:53.

Division 2

Stephenson 52, Norway 67, Hancock 76, Ironwood and Manistique 84, Newberry 174, Ishpeming 180, Westwood 190. West Iron County and L'Anse NTS.

Top 15 - 1, Connor Cappaert, Stephenson, 17:25; 2, Jared Joki, Ironwood, 17:43; 3, Tyler Pomeroy, Manistique, 18:13; 4, Bryson Lawrence, Manistique, 18:37; 5, Ken Truitt, Stephenson, 18:42; 6, Steve Raboin, Norway, 18:46; 7, Jacob Wetsel, Norway, 18:54; 8, Mike Zygiel, Norway, 18:58; 9, Jacob Jarvis, Hancock, 19:01; 10, Colin Clausen, Ironwood, 19:06; 11, Hayden Heikkinen, Hancock, 19:09; 12, Ryan Ramey, Manistique, 19:11; 13, Justin Anderson, Norway, 19:14; 14, Gabe Granskog, Stephenson, 19:22; 15, Ryan Raboin, Stephenson, 19:36.

Division 3

Munising 55, Cedarville 72, St. Ignace 90, Pickford 103, Dollar Bay 106, Jeffers 151, Carney-Nadeau 164, North Central 173, Rudyard 229, Big Bay de Noc 244. Bessemer and Superior Central NTS.

Top 15 - 1, Brett Hannah, Munising, 17:55; 2, Josh Hester, Cedarville, 18:00.3; 3, Izaak Mahoski, Munising, 18:00.8; 4, Zack Mazurek, Bessemer, 18:09; 5, Brett Houle, Dollar Bay, 18:22.5; 6, Dionte Blahnik, Carney-Nadeau, 18:22.8; 7, Jacob Anderzjak, Pickford, 18:33; 8, Teddy Bowlby, Cedarville, 18:40; 9, Alec Firack, Pickford, 18:41; 10, Sam MacArthur, Munising, 18:44.2; 11, Andrew Sjogren, St. Ignace, 18:44.8; 12, Anthony Harris, Jeffers, 18:48.1; 13, Ben Damron, St. Ignace, 18:48.8; 14, Adam Graber, Rudyard, 19:13; 15, Tucker Haske, Cedarville, 19:19.

Girls

Division 1

Calumet 41, Escanaba 62, Sault Ste. Marie 84, Marquette 96, Menominee 101, Houghton 127, Negaunee 203, Gladstone 210, Kingsford 252, Gwinn 267.

Top 15 - 1, Tara Kiilunen, Calumet, 19:44; 2, Leah Kiilunen, Calumet, 19:50; 3, Kameron Burmeister, Menominee, 19:53; 4, Aimee Giese, Escanaba, 20:07; 5, Calla Martysz, Marquette, 20:20; 6, Abbey Helppi, Calumet, 20:31; 7, Wyleen Kniola, Negaunee, 20:33; 8, Rachel Poyhonen, 20:41; 9, Savanna Pinkowski, Sault Ste. Marie, 20:51; 10, Ashley Laux, Houghton, 20:53; 11, Callie Heller, Escanaba, 20:59; 12, Rebekah Wickman, Menominee, 21:03; 13, Aubree Peterson, Escanaba, 21:07; 14, Missy Zenker, Sault Ste. Marie, 21:08; 15, Nichole Mackey, Marquette, 21:10.

Division 2

Newberry 50, Ironwood 52, Hancock 79, L'Anse 112, Norway 118, Westwood 122, Stephenson 129. West Iron County, Ishpeming and Manistique NTS.

Top 15 - 1, Jessica Gering, Ironwood, 20:40; 2, Hannah Palmeter, Ironwood, 21:27; 3, Rebekah Serbinski, West Iron County, 21:31; 4, Natalie Beaulieu, Newberry, 21:40; 5, Bridgette Stoetzer, Newberry, 21:41; 6, Tori Harris-Hoogenboom, West Iron County, 21:47; 7, Erin McKenzie, Hancock, 21:49; 8, Anna Meese, Hancock, 21:56; 9, Gabrielle Young, Newberry, 22:02; 10, Holly Blowers, Manistique, 22:04; 11, Caitlyn Havelka, Stephenson, 22:06; 12, Gabrielle French, Westwood, 22:11; 13, Alexis Kallenbach, Norway, 22:14; 14, Katie Piispanen, Ironwood, 22:21; 15, Allison Koskinen, L'Anse, 22:59.

Division 3

St. Ignace 40, Dollar Bay 74, Rudyard 81, Munising 89, Cedarville 101, Jeffers 104, North Central 208. Bessemer, Brimley, Carney-Nadeau, Big Bay de Noc, Superior Central and Pickford NTS.

Top 15 - 1, Sarah Cullip, St. Ignace, 19:36; 2, Lily Calcaterra, St. Ignce, 20:47; 3, Leah Jarvie, Rudyard, 20:53; 4, Kaylee Hoolsema, Rudyard, 21:26, 5, Emily Chartrand, Brimley, 21:32; 6, Heidi Hugen, Pickford, 21:47; 7, Brooklyn Chambers, St. Ignace, 21:54.2; 8, Carli Daavettila, Dollar Bay, 21:54.3; 9, Cami Daavettila, Dollar Bay, 22:07; 10, Emily DesJardins, Munising, 22:16; 11, Meeghan Randell, Jeffers, 22:18; 12, Taylor Perkins, Cedarville, 22:19; 13, Tara Smith, Cedarville, 22:21; 14, Maria Halonen, Jeffers, 22:27; 15, Katie O'Rourke, St. Ignace, 22:29.

For more than 2 1/2 miles, it appeared Kiilunen would be forced to settle for the runner-up spot as she trailed Marquette freshman and pre-meet favorite Lindsey Rudden by as much as 30 seconds during the race.

Rudden, however, then passed out and needed to be helped off the course. The Great Northern Conference champion was undefeated coming into the Finals.

"People kept telling me you're gaining on her, then I passed her in the last 800 meters," said Tara. "That's very unfortunate for the Marquette girl. She's a tough runner. There will be so many more races for her to win and break records. She has a real bright future."

Kiilunen, also a four-time WestPAC champion, won 44 of 46 races through her prep career.

"Tara is just an incredible runner," said Calumet coach Arnie Kiilunen. "This just goes to show it's never over. Everything happens for a reason. Although, what happened to Lindsey is unfortunate. Yet, how often does anybody win the U.P. Finals four years in a row."

Calumet freshman Abbey Helppi placed sixth (20:31) and senior Rachel Poyhonen took eighth (20:41).

"Our girls have a very strong team," said Kinnunen. "We had some some obstacles, with injuries and illness. But we ran very well all year. We had the senior leadership and our kids did what they had to do."

Houghton's leader was senior Ashley Laux, who was 10th (20:53).

The Sault boys won for the first time in 11 years with 65 points, followed by Escanaba (72), Kingsford (101), Menominee (102) and defending champ Houghton (105).

Sault freshman Parker Scott, who set several school records during the season, capped a perfect season by winning in 16:50.

Kingsford senior Dan Kulas was runner-up (16:58), edging Houghton sophomore Jacob Colling by a step.

"Dan and I were going at it the last quarter-mile," said Colling. "It was close. I was kind of shooting for the top three or top five, somewhere in that range. I'm very excited about what I did here today. This is a great way to end the season. All the potholes (created by recent rainfall) made it a little interesting, but we had beautiful weather. I think running in the first race today may have been a good thing because the course probably got more chewed up as the day went on."

Calumet junior Devin Berg, who was runner-up a year ago, placed seventh this time (17:31).

Dollar Bay's girls were D-3 runners-up with 74 points. The Bays were led by Carli Daavettila in eighth (21:54) and Cami Daavettila ninth (22:03).

The St. Ignace girls were crowned U.P. champion for the first time at 40. Third-place Rudyard had 81.

St. Ignace senior Sarah Cullip, a two-time D-2 champion, added a D-3 title in 19:39. She was followed by teammate Lily Calcaterra (20:47) and Rudyard senior Leah Jarvie (20:53).

The Munising boys retained their title with 55 points, followed by Cedarville (72) and St. Ignace (90).

Munising freshman Brett Hannah won in 17:55, followed by Cedarville's Josh Hester (18:00.3) and teammate Izaak Mahoski (18:00.8).

In D-2, the Newberry girls were crowned champions for the first time by edging Ironwood 50-52. Hancock placed third at 79.

Hancock's leaders were Erin McKenzie seventh (21:49) and Anna Meese eighth (21:56).

The Stephenson boys gained their third consecutive title with 52 points, followed by Norway (67) and Hancock (76).

Stephenson sophomore Connor Cappaert won at 17:25, followed by Ironwood sophomore Jared Joki (17:43) and Manistique senior Tyler Pomeroy (18:13).

Hancock's Jacob Jarvis placed ninth (19:01).

 
 

 

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