MANISTIQUE – What a difference a full team makes. With three Emeralds medaling, and a full team competing, the cross country boy’s team placed third overall at the Newberry Kiwanis Invitational meet on Saturday.
Petoskey finished first in the event with 23 points, followed by Sault Ste. Marie with 40 and Manistique posting 90.
Senior Tyler Pomeroy place third, with a time of 17.50. He finished just .20 seconds behind Logan Hensley of Petoskey, who placed first at 17.30 and Mark Smith, also of Petoskey, who ended with 17.48.
Head coach Laurie Lindstrom indicated the runners are all dropping their times.
“All the runners posted a season’s best time,” she said. “We are well on our way to having a record breaking U.P. Finals performance.”
Other Emeralds competing were: Bryson Lawrence at 14th with 19.55, Ryan Ramey 16th with 20.224, Roger Lustila with 24.003 and Dalton Carll with 24.005.
Competing runners from Big Bay de Noc included Brett LaLonde, who finished the 3.1 terrain in 20th place with a time of 20.41. Also competing were: Brandon Rochefort 22.20; Colton Richard 23.36; and Nathan Dalgord 23.39.
Additional team scores: Big Bay de Noc 131, Westwood 136, Superior Central 143 and Newberry 148.
In the girls’ completion, Darby Demers finished in 13th place with a time of 22.34. Sydney Hopp of Petoskey placed first with 21.00.
“Darby has increased her conquest of other schools, single handedly beating Big Bay and Superior Central,” said Lindstrom.
Competing for the girls at Big Bay de Noc were: Patience Harris 24.42 and Kelsi Stapleton 27.24.
Girls team results: Sault Ste. Marie 24; Petoskey 44; Newberry 69; Westwood 113; Manistique 147; Superior Central 152; and Big Bay de Noc 153.
Manistique will host their only home event on Thursday, Sept. 20 (today) at the Manistique Township Environmental Education Laboratory at 4 p.m.
Both Manistique and Big Bay de Noc will travel to Stephenson on Saturday.