WILSON - The school year just began Tuesday at Menominee High School, but the cross country teams have already added a lot of glitter to the trophy case.

The Maroons' boys raced to the first-place trophy at the 10-team North Central Invitational Wednesday, while the girls lost a first-place tiebreaker to Gladstone.

The top five runners for the boys' team finished in the top 17 as the Maroons finished with 46 points. Kingsford was a distant second (73).

"What a knockout day for the boys," coach Suzi Merrill said.

The Maroon girls, with Kameron Burmeister racing to another individual title, put on a surge of five girls in the top 14 to total just 40 points, but Gladstone took home the title trophy based on its sixth runner.

The course measured longer than the usual 3.1-mile course, so the times were higher.

Davey Luplow, Gunther DeDamos and Adam Nolde each turned in top-10 showings for the boys. Luplow took second in 19:30. He made a passing move on the lead runner before being knocked into the weeds. He recovered to claim the silver medal.

DeDamos was fifth in 20:16 and Nolde claimed ninth in 21:53.

Cody Porath earned a 13th-place medal in 22:35 and Erik Pohlmann clinched the title with his 17-place time of 22:52. Michael Melchoir was 27th (24:13) and Josh DeGayner 38th (25:01).

"Cody Porath made all the difference today," said Merrill. "I was really impressed with Eric Pohlmann's run today. He worked hard to close the gap between himself and the top runners."

Burmeister clocked in with a time of 22:07 while running free of the pack for top individual honors in the girls' race.

"Kameron looked strong and focused," said Merrill. "She felt good about her accomplishment."

After a talk from former Maroon U.P. champion Steve Campbell Tuesday, the Maroon girls took his message of "never quit" to heart.

Varsity rookie Paige Reiswitz continued her strong early-season run with a fifth-place medal (25:55) despite fighting through knee pain. Anah Schloegel added a third top-10 showing with her ninth-place run (26:22) and

Paiton Plutchak paced herself off Schloegel and added another medal run with her 11th-place time of 26:37.

Lilly Johnson struggled with a side muscle pull and claimed a 14th-place medal in 26:40.

"She thought to quit but knew she should finish for her team," stated Merrill.

Paige Tickler claimed a 22nd-place medal (28:08) and Kristina Tetzlaff was 27th (29:51).

Jake Hendricks led the Maroon JV boys with a time of 25:30 and Rebekah Wickman topped the Maroon junior varsity girls (27:47). Wickman's time would have earned her a varsity medal.

The Stephenson boys placed fifth and the Eagle girls finished sixth. Connor Cappaert finished fourth in 20:03 to lead the Eagle boys.

Dionte Blahnik's seventh-place run in 21:15 paced Carney-Nadeau's sixth-place finish.

Boys' Team Scores: Menominee 46, Kingsford 73, North Central 95, Gladstone 101, Carney-Nadeau 131, Stephenson 147, Goodman-Pembine 166, Munising 171, Norway 187, Big Bay de Noc 235

MENOMINEE - 2. Davey Luplow, 19:30; 5. Gunther DeDamos, 20:16; 9. Adam Nolde, 21:53; 13. Cody Porath, 22:35; 17. Eric Pohlman, 22:51; 27. Michael Melchoir, 24:13; 38. Josh DeGayner, 25:01

Girls' Team Scores: Gladstone 40, Menominee 40, Munising 83, Kingsford 89, Norway 190, Goodman-Pembine 191, Carney-Nadeau 202, Big Bay de Noc 220, North Central 235

MENOMINEE - 1. Kameron Burmeister, 22:07; 5. Paige Reiswitz, 25:55; 9. Anah Schloegel, 26:22; 11. Paiton Plutchak, 26:37; 14. Lilly Johnson, 26:40; 22. Paige Tickler, 28:08; 27. Kristina Tetzlaff, 29:51