Maroons off & running
Menominee boys take second at the Superior dome
Tuesday, April 16, 2013 7:00 PM
MARQUETTE, Mich. - After being cooped up indoors all spring, the Menominee track and field teams were ready to bolt out of the blocks against some competition.
The Maroon boys turned in a strong second-place finish at the Superior Dome Classic while the girls finished seventh in the 12-team meet.
Bryan Hines, Leonard Briggs, Shaun Sullivan and Aeron Forsberg race to a gold medal in the 800 relay with their time of 1:37.87, almost a full second ahead of Gladstone.
Hines pocketed more gold with his winning time of 8.32 in the 55 hurdles, nipping teammate Tyler Harmon in a photo-finish.
"It was basically a dead heat," said coach Greg Langlois.
Forsberg, a sophomore, had a big night under the dome as he added a fourth-place run in the 55 dash (7.02) and third-pace showing in the 24.87.
"Aeron had a big night for us," said Langlois. "His hard work and determination paid off."
Sullivan backed up his strong relay work with a third-place finish in the 55 dash (6.87) edging Forsberg by .25 of a second.
Harmon complemented his hurdles work with a third-place leap of 5-8 in the high jump and Justin Brilinski was third in the long jump (19-1).
Gladstone used its strength in the field events to win the boys' title with 101 points. The Maroons finished with 69 points.
The mile relay team of Hines, Bryce Ranta, Cody Porath and Austin Vorachek earned a third-place medal with a time of 3:55.65 and Davey Luplow and Gunther DeDamos placed fifth and sixth, respectively, in the 3,200.
"I'll take it," Langlois said of the second-place finish. "Placing second out of 12 teams is not a bad way to start the year."
The meet was a coming out party for Menominee freshman Paiton Plutchak. She claimed the only first for the Maroon girls with a gold-medal sprint of 9.79 in the 55 hurdles after winning the preliminary in 9.80.
"That's fantastic for a freshman," coach Scott Melchoir said. "She's an incredible freshman talent."
Plutchak added to her big opening night with a second-place leap of 15 feet, 1 inch in the long jump. It was Plutchak's first competition in the long jump in two years. Carlee Benzie of Kingsford won the long jump with her 16-foot effort.
Kameron Burmeister claimed sliver medal honors in the 800 with her 2:34.32 clocking.
Marquette won the girls title with 124 points. Menominee placed seventh with 30 points.
Breanna Martin of Stephenson took second in the pole vault with her vault 7 feet.