Prep cross country: Marquette sweeps Manistique Invitational

MANISTIQUE – It was simply a dominating performance by the Marquette girls’ cross country team Wednesday as it posted a perfect score in the Manistique Invitational.

The Redettes, who grabbed the top eight places, had 15 points, followed by Munising 57, Manistique 78 and Gwinn 103.

“Their balance and depth are very impressive,” Manistique coach Laurie Lindstrom said of the Redettes. “They have quite a legacy. Their JVs are good, too.”

Marquette sophomore Lindsey Rudden won in 17 minutes, 31 seconds on a course which was flat, but shorter than 3.1 miles. Freshman Amber Huebner was runner-up (17:39), with Calla Martysz third (18:10).

“It was fun to see Lindsey and Amber pushing each other,” said Lindstrom.

Manistique sophomore Holly Blowers placed ninth (19:15).

“Holly ran a pretty even pace today,” said Lindstrom. “She looked strong.”

The Marquette boys, placing five in the top six, also won with 18 points. Runner-up Munising had 56 and Gwinn finished with 63. Manistique had just one available runner.

Marquette senior Cole Riebolt won at 15:09, followed by sophomore teammate Lance Rambo (15:43) and Munising sophomore Brett Hannah (16:05).

Manistique senior Robert Ayotte placed ninth (17:55) and classmate Ryan Ramey was at football practice.

“All our kids ran strong races,” said Lindstrom. “The kids are getting the miles in and they’re dropping times.

Also, St. Francis Junior High is giving us hope for the future. They have some good runners coming up. The seventh grade is a real strong athletic class.”

The Emeralds travel to Banat Saturday for the Stephenson Invitational.