Cross Country season underway
Holly Blowers hit the cross country scene making a name for herself in her first race. The Emerald freshman finished sixth place at the Munising Invitational Tuesday.
In addition to Blowers, senior runner Darby Demers finished 10th out of a field of 55 runners.
Tyler Pomeroy paced the boy’s finishing fifth out of a field of 50.
Now in its third season, Coach Laurie Lindstrom said success and hard work of her runners has brought the MHS program the respect it deserves.
“This is the first season that the team has a foundation of support from the district,” Lindstrom said.
“The first two years support of our efforts was tentative and dependent on athlete participation. Their success has finally brought our program the respect that it deserves.”
Still shy on members, Lindstrom said she has a talented core of returning athletes as well as some new faces which will bring depth to both the boys and girls squads this season.
Anchoring the boy’s squad are seniors Bryson Lawrence and Tyler Pomeroy. Pomeroy was named to the All U.P. State team and was last year’s Mid-Peninsula Conference Champion. Joining the seniors are juniors Ryan Ramey and Robert Ayotte.
“Tyler is a great runner and has his sights on breaking his own school record this season; Bryson will be pacing Tyler this fall leading our team to much success. Ryan and Robert worked hard during the off season and are in shape and ready to set some records of their own,” Lindstrom added.
Making up in talent what they lack in numbers, Lindstrom said Demers has set high goals for herself this season. ‘Her leadership is blossoming; her talent and natural stride will be a good example for her teammates to follow.”
She also said the team is excited about the addition of Blowers. “Holly will join Darby pacing the boy’s. She had a great run Tuesday finishing behind three strong runners from Menominee and Escanaba. It will be exciting to watch her as the season goes on.”
Both the boys and the girls both finished in seventh place as a team.
Their next race will be in Marquette for the Marquette Relay’s on Friday. They will run at home on Sept. 20 on the Intake Park route.