Prep girls cross country: Rudden makes wrong turn, forced to hold off Marquette teammate in county meet

MARQUETTE – She made a wrong turn during the race, but it didn’t matter.

Cross country runner Lindsey Rudden of Marquette Senior High School still won Thursday’s Marquette County Meet anyway.

The sophomore covered the 3.1-mile Kaufman Sports Complex course in 18 minutes and 51 seconds, beating freshman teammate Amber Huebner by three seconds.

“I lost 5-10 seconds,” Rudden said of her gaffe. “At the time, Amber was 10 yards behind me. But when I got back on the trail, she was even with me.

“But I just pushed at the end and I’m happy I won. Amber ran an amazing race. I just love running with her.”

MSHS head coach Dale Phillips said it’s nice to have both Rudden and Huebner on the Redettes’ roster.

“They’re a great 1-2 punch, and (junior Calla) Martysz broke 20 minutes, which is great,” he said. “We showed some depth today and had some tremendous times.”

Martysz placed third in 19:48 as the Redettes finished with the top seven runners en route to 15 team points.

Negaunee placed second with 54, followed by Westwood (84), Ishpeming (92) and Gwinn (152).

Top runners for other teams were Wyleen Kniola, Negaunee, 21:49; Gabrielle French, Westwood, 24:15; Khora Swanson, Ishpeming, 25:36; and Autumn Hedlund, Gwinn, 29.41.