Rudyard boys capture D-2 U.P. cross country title – Sault Ste. Marie, MI – Sault Ste. Marie Evening News
Rudyard boys capture D-2 U.P. cross country titleEscanaba, Mich. –

By JOHN VRANCIC/FOR THE EVENING NEWS
ESCANABA — Richard Nixon was president and gasoline was selling for much less than a dollar per gallon when the Rudyard boys had last won an Upper Peninsula cross country championship.
The year was 1969, when the Bulldogs were entered in Class C-D and coached by Roy Hamilton. The Bulldogs ended their U.P. title drought Saturday by taking their first Division 2 championship with 37 points. They were followed by defending champ Munising 50 and L’Anse 81.
“Beating Munising has been our goal for two seasons,” said Rudyard coach Al Jarvie. “Fran (coach DesArmo) is a good recruiter and a great trainer. He always gets the most out of his kids. We told the kids they didn’t have to do anything superhuman. We just wanted them to do what they’re capable of doing.”
Ironwood senior Alan Peterson captured his third straight crown by covering the 3.1-mile course in 16 minutes, 19 seconds on this chilly day at Ludington Park. He was followed by Munising junior Jake Mahoski (16:34) and Rudyard senior Drew Otten (16:59).
“It’s hard to express in words how this feels,” Otten said of the Bulldogs winning as a team. “When we lost to them by a point in the Sault (Elks) meet two weeks ago, we felt we could probably take these guys. One of our main keys is we have grown closer as a team. For the seniors, this is a real good way to end our careers.”

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