Prep cross country: Munising’s Hannah, Immel win SC race

EBEN – A pair of North Central High School underclassmen continued to show promise Saturday as they placed among the top three boys’ cross country runners in the Superior Central Invitational.

Freshman Seth Polfus took second, covering the 3.2-mile course in 19 minutes, 29 seconds, with sophomore teammate Bryce Holle third at 19:39.

Munising sophomore Brett Hannah retained his title at 18:28.

“He (Hannah) is a good runner,” said Polfus, who placed sixth in Wednesday’s North Central All-Class Invitational. “Brett sets a good pace, but he was in my sights for a while. Then, he started pulling away in the second lap.”

Hancock captured the team title Saturday with 34 points. Munising edged North Central 68-77 for runner-up honors.

Hannah, who had been battling a sternum injury, said he enjoyed the mild conditions.

“It felt pretty good out there,” he added. “We had real nice weather here today. There wasn’t much breeze on the trails, although there was enough to help a little in the open areas. My chest also felt pretty good. It still gets sore every once in a while, but it’s getting better.”

North Central junior Dillon Robinson rolled an ankle halfway through the race and was unable to finish.

Hancock, led by Hayden Heikkinen’s fourth-place finish (19:52), took four of the top eight spots.

Superior Central senior Nick Maki didn’t run Saturday after playing football at Bellaire Friday night. The team didn’t return to the school until 4 a.m. Saturday.

The Hancock girls also won with 27 points, followed by Munising 39 and Norway 83.

Munising freshman Marissa Immel won in 22:13, followed by Hancock’s Abbey Tembrell (22:32) and Erin McKenzie (23:19) and Norway’s Kyra Johnson (23:30).

Immel led by 10 yards at the midway point prior to extending her lead during the second lap.

“I used the hills to my advantage,” said Immel, who also plays on the school’s volleyball and tennis teams. “I can’t make it to too many cross country practices, but I stay in shape with the other sports.

“This is a pretty big confidence builder for me. I’m pretty excited about it. I think our team did well, too.”

Superior Central Central senior Selena Walters was the area’s pacesetter in 13th (26:49).