MSHS GIRLS WIN STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
The MSHS Nordic girls team took home top honors winning the Michigan High School Girls State Championship at the VASA Trails, Saturday in Traverse City. Freshman Ericka Asmus led Marquette, with a 2nd place overall finish for the weekend. Senior Bethany Wright finished her High School Racing career at 5th place overall, with Junior Isabel Carr only seconds behind in 7th place overall. Sophomore Grace Argeropoulos rounded out the scoring for Marquette in 15th place. Sophomore Emma Stahl finished 18th, and Senior Brianna Argeroupolos was 21st.
Leading after the 5K classic portion in day one of the two day pursuit, the girls added to their lead putting Asmus, Wright, and Carr all in the top five at 3rd, 4th, and 5th in Saturdayâs 5K freestyle. In the afternoon freestyle sprints, the trio raced their way through the rounds to all finish in the top 7 to lock up the championship.
âThis is a great team win for these girlsâ said head coach Joey Graci, âespecially for Bethany. She has raced her tail off for many years on this team, and itâs awesome she is going out on top.â
On the boys side, Marquette couldnât catch a strong showing from the Copper Country team, placing 3rd in the Championship. Sophomore Nate Garwood paced MSHS finishing 7th overall. Sophomores Aleut Hatfield, Julien Malherbe, and Mathurin Gagnon finished 11, 12, and 13, with Senior Ethan Hall at 17th to round out the scoring for the boys. Freshmen Eli Wiitala, and Moses Waite finished 18th and 19th, with Freshman Evan Ampe breaking the top 30 at 29th.
âThe boys battled hard and had some great finishes. We are a really young team this year, so we are looking for some great results in the next few years. Having four Sophomores and three Freshman in the top 30 is really promising for the future.â Added Graci.
In the overall girls and boys team division Marquette tied for second with Traverse City.