Kingsford strong at North Central

WILSON – Nate Carey was in record-setting form Wednesday as he led the Kingsford boys to victory in the North Central All-Class Invitational cross country meet.

The Iron Mountain junior harrier covered the hilly 3.1-mile course in 17 minutes, seven seconds, topping the previous record (17:13) set by Tyler Crossman of Rapid River in 2005.

“That’s an amazing feat by this young man,” said North Central coach Jerry Root. “When Nate went by me, he was really moving. He’s the real deal.”

Carey was followed by Munising junior Brett Hannah (17:16) and sophomore teammate Grady Kerst (17:25).

“Brett did a real good job,” said Carey. “He pushed me a lot and kept me going. Our team did real good, too.

“The course has been different each I’ve run here, and I really like this way. It has a nice mix of flat and hills. It was warm at the start, but it cooled off quite a bit in the middle of the race.”

The Flivvers scored 45 points, followed by Munising 76 and Stephenson 91.

“This is a good feeling,” said Kingsford coach Dan Carey. “We’re still working on a lot of things. The younger kids are learning to be more aggressive and the practices are upbeat and positive, which is nice.”

Florence senior Dan Jones placed sixth (18:49), with Kingsford’s Jorge Sanchez eighth (18:57) and Mikhal Roell ninth (19:12).

Florence, coached by Karen Harrison, graduated Shawn Paulson and Brooke Soderberg but brings back All-North Lakes Conference experience with Jones. Senior Tyler Beck and sophomore Jay Walstrom complete the squad.

“We are a very small squad but a very hard working group with a great attitude,” Harrison said. “We look to be competitive individually and to improve all individual performances.”

The Menominee girls squeezed past Kingsford 54-56 for the title. Norway placed third at 75.

Norway junior Kyra Johnson was the individual winner in 21:34, followed by Munising freshman Alyssa Webber (21:45) and Manistique senior Olivia Holmberg (22:12).

“This is my best time this year, but had faster times last year,” said Johnson. “With a little more conditioning, I think I can bring my time down more. I had been running with my coach (assistant Chris Hebert) all summer. He always encourages me to do different types of terrain. He just loves to run, which makes it fun. I feel stronger this year which enables me to focus on technique.”

Kingsford’s Hannah Allen took sixth (23:28), with Norway’s Brenda Casanova eighth (23:54) and Kingsford’s Ingrid Martonen ninth (23:58).

Norway and North Central compete at Superior Central Saturday. Kingsford hosts a meet Tuesday at City Park.

North Central

All-Class Invitational

At Wilson

BOYS:?Kingsford 45, Munising 76, Stephenson 91, Menominee 111, North Central 128, Florence, Wis. 157, Carney-Nadeau 173, Goodman-Pembine, Wis. 175, Big Bay de Noc 187.

Top 10 – Nate Carey, Kingsford, 17:07 (course record); 2, Brett Hannah, Munising, 17:16; 3, Grady Kerst, Munising, 17:25; 4, Gunther DeDamos, Menominee, 17:49; 5, Conner Cappaert, Stephenson, 18:21; 6, Dan Jones, Florence, 18:49; 7, Mike Melchoir, Menominee, 18:52; 8, Jorge Sanchez, Kingsford, 18:57; 9, Mikhal Roell, Kingsford, 19:12; 10, Lucas Sundling, Big Bay de Noc, 19:13.

GIRLS:?Menominee 54, Kingsford 56, Norway 75, Stephenson 116, Munising 118, Manistique 132, Big Bay de Noc 157, Carney-Nadeau 173, North Central 197, Goodman-Pembine 214.

Top 10 – 1, Kyra Johnson, Norway, 21:34; 2, Alyssa Webber, Munising, 21:45; 3, Olivia Holmberg, Manistique, 22:12; 4, Caitlyn Havelka, Stephenson, 23:13; 5, Lilly Johnson, Menominee, 23:27; 6, Hannah Allen, Kingsford, 23:28; 7, Rebekah Wickman, Menominee, 23:29; 8, Brenda Casanova, Norway, 23:54; 9, Ingrid Martonen, Kingsford, 23:58; 10, Sara Charboneau, Munising, 24:07.