It’s not often when a sports hero in the M&M area gets to try out for a berth on the U.S. Olympic Team. But the opportunity was afforded to former Menominee High School and Northern Michigan University standout Kameron Burmeister when she competed in the U.S. Olympic Team trials marathon event held recently in Athens, Georgia.

Burmeister, a registered nurse at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire, ran in a crowded field of 390 women, and 175 men. Only the top three runners in the men’s competition and the top three in the women’s event qualified for the U.S. Olympic Team.

Burmeister finished her run in 2 hours, 47 minutes and 22 seconds, which was strong enough for 165th place in the 390-female field.

It was only the third marathon for the young woman. After her sterling career at NMU, she won the 2018 Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon in 2 hours, 45 minutes and 21 seconds and narrowly missed the Olympic standard. In June 2019, Burmeister competed in Grandma’s Marathon at Duluth, Minnesota, finishing 2:42:33, which was good enough for 128th place in a field of 3,000 women runners. At Duluth, she bettered the Olympic standard, which was 2:45:00.

Burmeister was a two-time all-state runner during her career at Menominee High School. She went on to become one of the most decorated athletes in Northern Michigan University sports history with five All-America selections in cross-country and track. She captured the honor two times in cross-country; two times in the indoor 5,000m and once in the indoor 10,000m. She holds seven school records at NMU.

Burmeister’s accomplishment are a tribute to her hard work and dedication to the sport. She has been an inspiration to the younger athletes who followed her at Menominee High School and Northern Michigan University.

The Twin Cities are proud of her achievements in the academic and sports world and wish her well in her chosen profession and may she continue to have success as a runner.