Kameron Burmeister of Menominee, left, and Emily Ellman of Lena/St. Thomas Aquinas run stride-for-stride in the 1,600 at the Maroons’ quadrangular meet Thursday. Burmeister won the race on her way to four firsts at the meet. EagleHerald/Tom Kaeser
Kameron Burmeister of Menominee, left, and Emily Ellman of Lena/St. Thomas Aquinas run stride-for-stride in the 1,600 at the Maroons’ quadrangular meet Thursday. Burmeister won the race on her way to four firsts at the meet. EagleHerald/Tom Kaeser
MENOMINEE - The bright light shining at the Fran Mellinger Track & Field was the sun instead of the lights of the Menominee gym and even with the always present wind, it was a day at the beach for athletes eager to get outside and run.

The Menominee boys turned their fresh-air debut into a first-place finish at the quadrangular meet Thursday, while the girls' team finished two points behind Kingsford.

Ten first-place finishes carried the boys to a 124.5 to 85.5 win over Kingsford. Westwood placed third with 31 points and Lena/St. Thomas Aquinas Academy had 16 points.

"We had a lot of good performances," coach Greg Langlois said. "Our young guys showed me something today."

The Flivvers edged the Maroons 72-70 in the girls' meet. Kingsford rolled up six top finishes, one more than the Maroons. Lena/STAA placed a strong third (63) with four top finishes and Westwood trailed with 41 points.

Bryan Hines, Shaun Sullivan and Davey Luplow paced the Maroon boys.

Hines swept the hurdles, winning the 110's in 16.3 and taking the 300's in 43.75.

"It felt good to get out of the gym," said Hines. "I'm trying to get the wind in me. You can't really train for the 300 hurdles inside."

Sullivan sped to a win in the very competitive 100-meter dash with his time of 11.55 and led a top three-finish for the Maroons in the 200 with his 23.52 clocking. Sophomore Aeron Forsberg was second and sophomore Chase LaCombe took third.

"Sullivan had a great day. That was a nice time in the 200. Aeron Forsberg and Chase LaCombe ran hard," said Langlois.

Sullivan also teamed with Leonard Briggs, Justin Brilinski and Forsberg to win the 800 relay (1:35.40) and Hines, Sullivan, Forsberg and Briggs clicked off the top time of 45.65 in the 400 relay.

"Our sprint relays ran well today," Langlois said. "Those are good times for this time of year."

Luplow turned in a sharp track debut in the distances winning the 1,600 in 4:54.50, four seconds ahead of the runnerup finisher, and running away from the pack in the 3,200 with a winning time of 11:06.95. Gunther DeDamos took third in the 1,600 and Jason Kaster shook of injuries to place fourth.

Brilinski, a sophomore, popped off a strong early-season leap of 19 feet, 6 inches to win the long jump, with Austin Vorachek taking second (18-4). Harmon followed up strong showings in the hurdles with a top high jump of 5-7. Freshman Mitchell Boucher was second (5-6).

The youth movement was also prevalent in the throwing events. Cody Peterson placed second in the shot and junior Travis Pursley and freshman Darek Powell placed third and fourth, respectively in the discus.

Kameron Burmeister followed up her stellar cross country season with a brilliant outdoor opener in the distance events to lead the Maroon girls.

The junior standout hung on the shoulder of Lena/St. Thomas Aquinas Academy state cross country medalist Emily Ellman in the 1,600 before making her move on the final lap and kicking it in the final 400 meters to take first in 5:40.

It was the first time Burmeister has run the 1,600.

"I've never run it before so I didn't know how to pace myself," said Burmeister. "I knew that if I stayed close to (Ellman), I would have a good time. I did better than I thought I would."

"I haven't seen the 1,600 run like that for long time," said coach Scott Melchoir. "She ran such a smart, tactical race."

After her breakthrough effort in the mile, Burmeister made her debut in the 800 and showed the poise of a veteran half-miler with her winning time of 2:34.78. Teammate Rebekah Wickman was second.

Maroon distance coach Scott Carhoun had high marks and high expectations for Burmeister.

"On a scale of 1 to 10, she was a 12 today," said Carhoun. "She's right where she needs to be, but she still has a lot of room for improvement."

Wickman, Lilly Johnson, Anah Schloegel and Burmeister opened the meet with a winning time of 11:01.76 in the 3,200-relay. McDonnell, freshmen Paige Barrette and Anah Schloegel and Burmeiser turned in a stirring comeback effort to win the mile relay in 4:32. Schloegel set up Burmeister finishing kick with a torrid third leg.

"That was a great effort to come back like that in the mile relay," said Melchoir.

Freshman Tasa Walcher turned in a pleasant surprise with top throw of 30-10 in the shot put and her third-place effort in the discus (73-11).

McDonnell added a second-place dash in the 400 (1:07.30) and Autumn McClure was second in the 3,200.

Megan Roer clicked off a top time of 28.15 in the 200 for Lena/STAA, Holly Blazek won the discus (76-6) and Marlena Wagner, the silver medal winner in the pole vault at state last year, cleared 9-6 to take top honors.

Wagner was not pleased with her winning height, after missing three times at 10 feet.

"I can easily do 10 feet and 10-6," she said. "It's frustrating. I'm just not getting outside enough."

Christina Jagiello and Roer tied for first in the high jump (4-9) and Jagiello was second in the pole vault.

"I want to win state this year. I've been second the last three years. I've worked hard and I want to secure first this year."

Lena/STAA's strong sprint relay teams struggled with their handoffs and finished third in both the 800 and 400 relays.

"I was disappointed in the relays," coach John Holman said. "We've worked a lot on handoffs and speed indoors."

Menominee Quadangular

Boys' team scores
: Menominee 124.5, Kingsford 8.5, Westwood 31, Lena/St. Thomas 16
3,200 relay - Kingsford, 9:07.08; Menominee, Westwood; 110 Hurdles - Bryan Hines (M), 11.55; 2. Carlson (WW), Sexton (K); 100 - Shaun Sullivan (M), 11.5, Tengesdahl (K), Larson (K); 800 relay - Menominee, 1:35.40, Westwood, Lena/STAA; 1,600 - Davey Luplow (M), 4:54.50, Jennings (K), DeDamos (M); 400 relay - Menominee, 45.65, Westwood, Lena/STAA; 400 - Roberts (K), 54.32, Conery (WW), Gladowski (K); 300 hurdles - Bryan Hines (M), 43.75, Cripe (K), Harmon (M); 800 - Jennings (K), 2:15.07, Wickman (K), Kaster (M); 200 - Shaun Sullivan (M), 23.52, Forsberg (M), LaCombe (M); 3,200 - Davey Luplow (M), 11:06.95, Sanchez (K), Lawton (K); 1,600 relay - Kingsford, Menominee, Lena/STAA; Discus - Beaudoin (K), 149-8, Carlson (K), Pursley (M); Pole Vault - Camp (K), Fleming (K), Imig (L/ST); High Jump - Tyler Harmon (M), 5-7, Boucher (M), Fisher (K) & Brilinski (M); Long Jump - Justin Brilinski (M), 19-6, Vorachek (M), Anttila (WW); Shot Put - Beaudoin (K), Peterson (M), O'Hara (L/ST)

Girls' team scores: Kingsford 72, Menominee 70, Lena/STAA 63, Westwood 41
3,200 relay - Menominee, 11.53.50; 100 hurdles - Hewitt (WW), 17.61, Jennings (K), Wanen (K); 100 - Benzie (K), 13.27, Wagner (L/ST), Enderby (M); 800 relay - Kingsford, 1:56.8, Lena/ST), Westwood; 1,600 - Kameron Burmeister (M), 5:40, Ellman (L/ST), Wickman (M); 400 relay - Kingsford, 56.10, Lena/STAA, Westwood; 400 - Tressedder (K), 1:06.38, McDonnell (M), Hewitt (WW); 300 hurdles - Jennings (K), 56.04, Wanen (WW); 800 - Kameron Burmeister (M), 2:34.78, Wickman (M), Frenen (WW); 200 - Megan Roer (L/ST), 28.15, Benzie (K), Williams (K); 3,200 - Etamaki (WW), McClure (M), Johnson (M); 1,600 - Menominee, 4:32, Kingsford, Westwood; Discus - Blazek (L/ST), 76-6, Duffrin (L/ST), Walcher (M); Long Jump - Benzie (K), 16 1/2, Camp (K), Barrette (M); Shot Put - Tasa Walcher (M), 30-10, Svejda (L/ST), Duffrin (L/ST); High Jump - Jagiello (L/ST) & Roer (L/ST), 4-9, Pedersen (M); Pole Vault - Marlena Wagner (L/ST), 9-6, Jagiello (LST), Carlson (WW)