WIC cross country opens season Sept. 4

IRON RIVER—When the West Iron County cross country team opens its season at North Central on Sept. 4, it will do so with a mix of veterans and newcomers and several dual fall sport athletes.
    Heading up the roster are five returning letter winners – senior Kali Dennis, juniors Avery Bociek and Zoe Kolenda and sophomores Hailee Bradshaw and Madison Berutti.
    Bociek and Kolenda were the top performers most of the season last year. Bociek finished 15th in the U.P. Division 2 Finals and 18th in the West Pac Conference meet, while Kolenda took 21st in both the U.P.s and the West Pac events.
    As a team, the Wykons finished fifth in the season-ending events.
    Coach Kristi Berutti has seven new runners in 2019 – senior Emily Nelson, sophomores Kali Applin and Aurora Dahl and freshmen Kenzee Benson, Haleigh Matthews and Lexi Razo and one male runner, Mason Starkey.
    For Nelson, this will be her fourth sport. She has been a mainstay on the basketball and tennis teams and last year was a thrower on the track team.
     “The seven new athletes all have been working hard,” Berutti said. “Emily joined as a senior, she’s doing everything she can to make herself a better athlete.”
    Six of Berutti’s runners are also on the tennis team. Joining Nelson on that list are Dennis, Applin, Dahl, Madison Berutti and Razo.
    All in all, Berutti thinks her squad can be competitive this season.
    “I think we will be pretty decent as long as everyone continues to work hard.”
    West Iron’s lone home meet is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 7 at Young’s. The Wykons are slated to compete in nine events prior to the U.P. Finals on Oct. 19 at Gentz Farm in Marquette.