Team-mates competition: James Dank of Negaunee Miners and Judge Anderson in a duel to the finish for the boys’ cross country title | News, Sports, Jobs
âThis is their first competitive team victory this season. – Vickie Paupore,
Negaunee cross country head coach, on miners boys
NEGAUNEE – It was an abundance of riches for the Negaunee boys’ cross country team when James Dank and Judge Anderson faced off for the individual WIN Meet title on Thursday.
“James and Judge ran neck and neck the whole race”, Minors coach Vickie Paupore said: âand James won it by four tenths of a second at the finish line.
âWe actually swept 1-2-3 in that race with John Plaxco in third. This is their first team victory this season.
Dank clocked 18: 50.4 to 18: 50.8 for Anderson as they finished about 30 seconds ahead of Plaxco, who clocked a time of 19:20 on the trails in the Township of Negaunee.
And Plaxco was exactly 30 seconds ahead of fourth Ted Hair from Westwood, which arrived at 7:50 pm, narrowly edging Levi Nicholls of Ishpeming in 19:51.
Negaunee totaled 24 points to 40 for Westwood as Ishpeming was unable to field a full squad for either boys ‘or girls’ competitions.
On the girls ‘side, Hematites’ Lola Korpi easily won her race in 20:15, with the Miners taking the next three spots – Marlee Plaxco was second in 20:57, Endla Harris third in 21:18 and Lauren Ossenheimer fourth in 21:22.
This allowed these miners to also win their tag team title with 25 points to 55 for the Patriots.
Just behind Ossenheimer was Retta Boburka of Westwood in 21:26, while Seere Helms-Gleason of Negaunee was sixth in 22:46 and Taylor Longtine of Ishpeming seventh in 22:54.
The top eight placers in each race were considered medalists, according to Paupore.
The “TO WIN” the nickname represents the three schools involved – Westwood, Ishpeming and Negaunee – and this encounter takes place in many of the sports offered by the schools.
Information compiled by Sports Journal Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is [email protected]