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Braves' girls soar to second

September 6, 2012
By John Vrancic - Staff Writer , Daily Press

WILSON - The Menominee girls' cross country team didn't let anything stand in its way Wednesday, dominating the North Central All-Class Invitational with 17 points.

Gladstone earned the runner-up trophy by edging Munising 70-72.

Menominee grabbed the top three and six of the first seven spots on this sunny and seasonably warm day.

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Sadie Strasser of Gladstone runs in the North Central All-Class Invite at Wilson Wednesday. Strasser was the area pacesetter, finishing eighth with a time of 23:37.

"What a day," said Menominee coach Suzi Merrill. "We told the girls to run as if their Division 1 competitors were on their shoulders. This is a tough course which makes for good training. We like this course and meet. Jerry (North Central coach Root) does such a great job putting the meet on and recognizing all runners."

Menominee junior Kameron Burmeister won the 3.1-mile event in 21 minutes, six seconds. She was followed by teammates Lily Johnson (21:48) and Autumn McClure (22:12) in a race which temperatures soared well into the 70s.

"I think the heat is always little bit of a factor," said Burmeister. "It was hot out there. I also didn't have anyone to pace myself with today. Although, I felt good coming into the last stretch. I knew then we were nearly done."

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The results:


Menominee 42, Kingsford 52, Munising 87, Norway 106, Stephenson 145, Carney-Nadeau 164, Florence 194, Gladstone 207, North Central 232, Big Bay de Noc 235, Goodman-Pembine 236.

Top 10 - 1, Dan Kulas, Kingsford, 17:34; 2, Connor Cappaert, Stephenson, 17:48; 3, Brett Hannah, Munising, 17:58; 4, Davey Luplow, Menominee, 18:00; 5, Gunther DeDamos, Menominee, 18:12; 6, Aaron Maas, Menominee, 18:53; 7, Nate Carey, Kingsford, 18:54; 8, Izaak Mahoski, Munising, 18:55; 9, Dan Jones, Florence, 19:34; 10, Steve Raboin, Norway, 19:48.


Menominee 17, Gladstone 70, Munising 72, Kingsford 135, Norway 152, Carney-Nadeau 161, Florence 163, Stephenson 192, North Central 202, Big Bay de Noc 229.

Top 10 - 1, Kameron Burmeister, Menominee, 21:06; 2, Lily Johnson, Menominee, 21:48; 3, Autumn McClure, Menominee, 22:12; 4, Jenny Goeman, Florence, 22:30; 5, Anna Schloegel, Menominee, 22:52; 6, Rebekah Wickman, Menominee, 23:15; 7, Kennedy McDonnell, Menominee, 23:19; 8, Sadie Strasser, Gladstone, 23:37; 9, Josie Gardner, Gladstone, 23:40; 10, Sam Sailer, Menominee, 23:46.

Menominee's No. 7 runner, junior Olivia Isaacson, rolled an ankle in practice 1 1/2 weeks ago, and received clearance to run a few hours before the meet. She finished 21st.

Breaking up Menominee's pack was Florence senior Jenny Goeman, who placed fourth (22:30).

"I think I got dehydrated at Norway," said Goeman, who had a sideache midway through that race on Aug. 27. "Today, I felt good the whole time. I think getting a meet in before this and having people in front of me helped me push a lot harder."

Gladstone's Sadie Strasser was the area pacesetter in eighth (23:37). She was followed by teammates Josie Gardner (23:40) and Sam Sailer (23:46).

"The girls were quick at the two-mile mark," said Gladstone coach Gary Whitmer. "I was happy with our top three. They did better than expected. They kind of ran as a pack and helped each other, which is nice to see."

The Menominee boys also won with 42 points, followed by Kingsford 52 and Munising 87.

"Our guys ran some good times and the girls ran very well," said Munising coach Fran DesArmo. "Our No. 1 girls' runner (Anna Baij) wasn't here today and we had a freshman run a 17:58 (in the boys' race) on this course. We're heading in the right direction."

Kingsford senior Dan Kulas was individual winner at 17:34, followed by Stephenson's Connor Cappaert (17:48) and Munising's Brett Hannah (17:58).

"I started getting some separation at Mile 2, which I think was little bit of a confidence boost," said Kulas. "I got off to a good start and attacked the hills. The weather was a lot nicer than at Norway (where temperatures were in the 80s). It was cloudy and we had a nice wind, which helped cool us off."

The boys ran in a brief sunshower and slightly cooler conditions than the girls.

Carney-Nadeau's Dionte Blahnik was the top area finisher in 11th (19:50).

In the jayvee races, Carney's Caine Knaus was overall winner (21:46) and Menominee's Sophie Sartorelli topped the girls (25:54).



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