Ready to heat up the track
Good mix of veteran talent and youth on Maroon girls' team
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 7:00 PM
MENOMINEE - When winter finally releases its grip on spring sports, the Menominee girls' track and field team will be ready to make a medal run when the Great Northern Conference meet is held at the Fran Mellinger Track May 22.
The Maroons are scheduled to open their outdoor season in a triangular meet at Escanaba Tuesday.
The Maroons bolted out of the blocks for runner-up honors at the Superior Dome Division 1 meet Tuesday night.
Five seniors lead the 27-member team.
Senior Kameron Burmeister will lead the points parade for the Maroon girls. The U.P. cross country champion placed second in the 1,600 and 3,200 and third in the 800 at the U.P. Finals last year and also ran on the 1,600 relay team.
Burmeister, who will run for Northern Michigan University, set the meet record in the 3,200 (11:39.82) at the Superior Dome Tuesday night.
Seniors Allia Stewart and Jane Enderby and freshman Ali LaLonde give the Maroons a strong one-two-three punch in the sprints.
Stewart, who was held out of the sprints last year due to an injury, was third in the 100 at the U.P. Finals in her freshman year and took fourth in her sophomore season. She also is a Finals medal winner in the 200.
"Allia really looks solid again," coach Scott Melchoir said.
Enderby took sixth in the 100 at the Finals last year.
LaLonde made her varsity debut with a fifth-place sprint in the 55 dash at the Superior Dome.
"I continue to see good things from her," said Melchoir. "She's fast and strong and she has a very good work ethic."
Sophomore Paiton Plutchak is primed for another big season in theMENOMINEE - Menominee boys' track and field coach Greg Langlois noted before preseason drills began that the Maroons may have to field a speedskating team if the weather didn't warm up.
The weather is still more conducive to speedskating but Menominee jump-started its season with a second-place showing at the Division 1 Superior Dome meet Tuesday.
Speed powered the Menominee boys' track and field team to a second-place trophy at the Division 1 U.P. Finals last season.
The Maroons still have speed to burn and are hoping to add more points in the field events this season.
Menominee got off to a strong start with its second-place finish to Kingsford in the Division 1 Superior Dome meet Tuesday.
There are just four seniors on the 29-member team, but young athletes made a big contribution last year.
Senior Shaun Sullivan is the defending U.P. champion in the 200 and he earned bronze medal laurels in the 100 last year.
Freshman Ian Brown is showing a lot of potential in the 400.
Sullivan and junior Aeron Forsberg return from the gold medal 800 relay team, but Chase LaCombe is sidelined for the season with a shoulder injury.
Forsberg won the 200 at the Superior Dome meet and he was second in the 55.
Sullivan and Forsberg were also members of the gold medal 400 relay team last year.
Senior Devon Harris, who is out for track for the first time, made an instant impact Tuesday with his fourth-place finish in the 55 and he posted the top mark in the long jump.
"Harris is a big addition to the team," said Langlois.