Prep cross country: Marquette boys, girls win Great Northern Conference championships

BANAT – The girls’ varsity race in Thursday’s Great Northern Conference cross country meet lived up to expectations and then some as Menominee senior Kameron Burmeister prevailed to remain undefeated this season.

Burmeister covered the 3.1-mile course in a personal-best 19 minutes, 4 seconds, followed by Marquette freshman Amber Huebner (19:09) and previously unbeaten Marquette sophomore Lindsey Rudden (19:12) on this sunny and mild day.

Marquette, as anticipated, captured its 14th consecutive title with 22 points at the Dale Fountain Memorial Cross Country Course.

The Redettes, who placed seven among the top 10, were followed by Escanaba 64, Menominee 78 and Gladstone 82.

“That’s how we’ve been running,” said Marquette coach Dale Phillips. “The key is we have the three girls up front and the other four like to run together. The girls run as a pack and push each other. Our JVs are also strong. We get a lot of help from them.”

Marquette’s boys also won with 36, followed by two-time defending champ Esky 46 and Menominee 78.

Rudden had taken the lead in the last mile, but Burmeister and Huebner passed her on the final straightaway.

Marquette’s Calla Martysz, also very much in the hunt at the midway point, placed fourth (19:54).

Marquette senior Cole Rieboldt won the boys’ race in a personal-best 16:22, followed by sophomore teammate Lance Rambo (16:45) and Esky junior Eric Cousineau (16:50).

“We had a hard workout on Monday and had two days to recover,” said Rieboldt. “My legs were fresh and I felt pretty good. I especially felt good in the last mile. I had a lot of energy left. This was a great effort by our whole team.”

Phillips was equally as pleased with the performance by the Marquette boys as he was with the girls.

“This is the first time we’ve had a full team,” he said. “This was a very solid performance by our boys. We have the 1-2 punch. If we can get our normal performance from the other five, we’ll be all right (at the Upper Peninsula Division 1 Finals).”