Luplow runs down a race title
Maroons have two winners
Tuesday, September 24, 2013 7:00 PM
MARINETTE - Menominee's Davey Luplow hung right behind Luxemburg-Casco's Shane Peronto, waiting to make his move at the M&M Border Battle Tuesday.
They both ran across the foot bridge on the north side of Marinette High School. Then, Luplow blew past Peronto on his way around the soccer fields and to the finish line.
"He passed me around the two-mile mark," said Luplow, who led early in the race. "I knew if I could keep up with him I might stand a chance of passing him at the end."
Luplow's time was 17:06 for his second win of the season. Peronto finished seven seconds back, but L-C won the team title with 42 points.
"He looked really good - calm and collected," Menominee coach Suzi Merrill said. "He's a great finisher, so I just knew he could catch that guy."
The Maroons took third with 73 team points - 11 behind second-place West De Pere.
Gunther DeDamos set a goal of 18 minutes, and beat it by 25 seconds in taking third for Menominee. Adam Nolde was 17th, Michael Melchoir 27th and Erik Pohlmann 30th for the Maroons.
Marinette entered two boys in the varsity race. Erik Breuer placed 14th (19:08), and Jacob Button was 21st.
"I thought I did pretty well," Breuer said. "Maybe I could've pushed it a little harder at the end."
Lena/St. Thomas Aquinas Academy took fourth with 98 points. Evan Beranek led the Wildcats with a ninth-place time of 18:42.
"I give the glory to my Lord and savior, Jesus Christ," Beranek said.
Beranek felt stiff-legged near the start but came on strong.
"About a mile in is when I really feel my best," he said. "The finish, I felt really good. I'm trying to get to the point where I give it all but still have the energy to sprint at the end."
Mike Schmidt placed 20th, Brandon Heimke was 22nd, Mitchell Harvey 23rd and Casey Boyle 24th for Lena/STAA.
Jensyn Schaal led fifth-place Coleman with a fifth-place time of 18:03.
"I felt really good during the whole race today," Schaal said. "My goal coming in was to get in the 17s. I fell a little bit short."
Jake Schell took 26th for the Cougars. Brandon Champagne was 29th, Jordan Blanchard 41st and Brandon Lake 42nd.
Dionte Blahnik placed sixth for Carney-Nadeau, which finished one point behind Coleman.
"I got about my average time," said Blahnik, who finished in 18:13. "I'm trying to get under 18 this year."
Lucas Forgette took 30th for the Wolves. Mason Linder finished 33rd, Logan Forgette 37th and Austin Johnson 38th.
The course wound around the high school and to the south into the woods near the Marinette water tower. Although it was mostly flat, there were some sand hills in the woods - reminiscent of Water Tower Park, where the Maroons train.
"I really like this course," Luplow said. "I don't know why we haven't run here in the past."
What goes up must come down, but to Schaal, the course seemed to go mostly downhill.
Breuer enjoyed running at his school for a change. It was Marinette's first home meet since 2010, when the Marines held home meets at City Park.
"It was a pretty level course," he said. "It was pretty fast because I took off a good amount of time from my last race."By JODY KORCH
EagleHerald sports editor
MARINETTE - Kameron Burmeister won Tuesday's M&M Border Battle cross country race by 15 seconds.
Pretty good for a slowed down fun run.
Between last Saturday's Stephenson meet and this Saturday's Escanaba meet, Burmeister didn't run as hard as usual.
"She held back and tried to focus on slowing down," Maroon coach Suzi Merrill said. "She wanted to save herself for the big meet this weekend. I told her today, "second or third is just fine.' She is a true champion. Even relaxing she can win."
Led by second-place Jacie Legois, Luxemburg-Casco won the team title with 32 points. West De Pere (37) took second and Menominee was third with 76.
Burmeister was coming off her fastest 5,000-meter time, and the Marinette meet measured 4,000 for the girls' race.
"I just kind of went out and had a fun race today," Burmeister said. "I felt really good the entire time."
Rebekah Wickman placed 14th (17:57) for the Maroons. Anah Schloegel (18:06) and Lilly Johnson (18:27) placed 17th and 18th, and Paige Reiswitz took 26th.
Numbers have been down for Marinette cross country in recent years, but this year's girls' team is heading in the right direction with nine team members. Tuesday, the Marines took fourth with 107 points.
Slowed by shin splints in the first couple of meets, Jayden Schreiner is getting healthy. She led the Marines with a 15th-place time of 17:57.
"I feel better," Schreiner said. "I just felt really good today. We're getting a lot better."
Kathy Smith was 21st for the Marines. Kaitlyn Thill took 22nd, Margaret Michaels was 24th and Courtney Hoffmann 25th.
"Each race the girls are gaining more experience and more knowledge on how to stay focused mentally," Marinette coach Jenni Campbell said.
"She (Schreiner) ran a great race today."
Kimberly Carlson led fifth-place Coleman with a 10th-place time of 17:45.
"I felt like I was running a lot faster than I did," Carlson said.
In its second year of cross country, Coleman has increased its ranks from five girls and boys last year to 17 runners this season.
It was Campbell's first chance to run a home meet.
"I think for our first one it went well," she said. "Everybody pulled together - administratively, volunteers and the other coaches."
The middle school girls' race was won by Marinette's Chloe Lambie with a time of 9:50.5. Jaida Lesperance of Menominee was second and Marinette's Makennah Jasper, Kim Carviou and Mariah Boye placed 3-4-5.
The middle school boys' winner was Carson Polomis with a time of 9:00.6. Jordan Wendt of Marinette was second, Kasey Casper of Coleman took third and Marinette's Draven Sadler took fourth.