Runners back on the course

by Tom Coombe
A top-10 individual finish was the highlight as Ely’s cross country team faced high-level competition at its second outing of the fall.
Junior Zoe Devine placed ninth in a field of more than 70 girls at the Sept. 9 Titan Invitational in Coleraine.
It was Ely’s best individual outing on a day in which the boys finished seventh among 11 teams, and the girls were ninth out of 11.
Devine completed the five-kilometer course in 20:56.2, just over a minute behind winner Hannah Drietz of Brainerd.
The Ely boys’ top overall finisher was senior Gabriel Pointer, who took 19th among 75 athletes in 18:29.1.
The rest of the Ely girls’ lineup included:
23. Phoebe Helms, 21:49.0;
47. Gracie Pointer, 24:42.6;
53. Anna Dunn, 25:29.6;
60. Sydney Durkin, 25:47.4
73. Kiarstin Eaton, 31:32.2;
74. Juliet Stouffer, 31:41.1;
Among the boys, Ely’s Jake Cochran, a junior, wound up 27th in 18:52.3, while Otto Devine finished 37th (19:31.9) and Jon Hakala was 43rd (19.44.1).
Following were Caid Chittum (46th, 19:50.8), Leo Stalmer (51st, 20:04.2), and Jace Huntbatch (58th, 20:35.1).
Adam Nelson of Rock Ridge set a torrid pace and won the event in 16:38.1, although Brainerd won the team title with Rock Ridge in second. The Wolves placed ahead of Hibbing, Mt. Iron-Buhl, Mesabi East and Chisholm.
The Ely girls were a point away from eighth-place Mt. Iron-Buhl but ahead of Mesabi East and Hill City.
In junior high action Ely seventh grader Molly Brophy won the girls junior high race with a time of 9:47.2.
Brophy’s finish spurred the Wolves to a second-place showing among junior high girls teams, with Addison Forsman in 15th place overall (11;30.5) and Elsa Ellerbroek (11:34.2) in 18th.
Nathan Hoffmeister of Ely was sixth (9:11.5) in the junior high boys event and teammate Oliver Hohenstein (9:53.5) wound up 18th.
The Wolves are at a meet in Grand Rapids on Tuesday and looming on the horizon is the only home event of the year - the Oct. 5 Ely Invitational at the Ely Golf Course.