2013-10-17 / Sports

Blowers earns MPC cross country title


Courtesy photos Representing the Manistique Emeralds at the Mid-Pen Conference cross country meet were, from left, Coach Laurie Lindstrom, Kelsey DeHanke, Brittany Zellar, Allison Halpin, Holly Blowers, Ryan Ramey, Robert Ayotte, Olivia Holmberg and Coach Mary Lou Lund. At right, Blowers breezes through the finish line at MPC’s with her personal best time of 20:39. Courtesy photos Representing the Manistique Emeralds at the Mid-Pen Conference cross country meet were, from left, Coach Laurie Lindstrom, Kelsey DeHanke, Brittany Zellar, Allison Halpin, Holly Blowers, Ryan Ramey, Robert Ayotte, Olivia Holmberg and Coach Mary Lou Lund. At right, Blowers breezes through the finish line at MPC’s with her personal best time of 20:39. NEGAUNEE – The Manistique cross country team recently ended another roller coaster season.

According to Coach Lori Lindstrom, the caliber of runners was first rate, but they were once again lacking in numbers.

Competing at the Mid-Peninsula Conference cross country meet last Thursday at Strawberry Lake Park in Negaunee, sophomore Holly Blowers blew past the competition to medal in first for the girls.

Blowers completed the 3.1 mile course, setting a personal record of 20 minutes, 39 seconds.

Also finishing in the top 15 was Olivia Holmberg, who medaled in eighth with a time of 23:03.

Rounding out the Emeralds girls team were Kelsey DeHanke, Brittany Zellar and Allison Halpin.

Final team standings for the girls were: Negaunee 39, Westwood 70, Norway 75, Ishpeming 76, Manistique 91.

Unable to field a team of five, the Emerald boys had two runners participate as individuals.

Senior Robert Ayotte medaled in the top 15 with a time of 19:20.

Also competing was Ryan Ramey.

Team standings for the boys were: Negaunee 19, Ishpeming 70, Gwinn 78, Norway 108, Westwood 115.

According to Lindstrom, her steadfast runners this season were Holmberg and Ayotte.

Both Blowers and Ramey were dual sporting with Blowers in volleyball and Ramey football.

“I am very proud of Holly’s accomplishments,” stated Lindstrom. “She has promised that next year she will focus on cross country.”

Lindstrom is hopeful numbers will increase for next year.

“I would love to promote the sport for all, as it only requires a pair of shoes and a section of road to practice on,” Lindstrom added. “It is one sport that students can take with them no matter where their life’s journey takes them. Students from all athletic backgrounds and abilities are welcome to participate.”

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