Wildcats rule Bay meet

NMU women score perfect 15 points to win U.P. meet

Northern Michigan University’s Kameron Burmeister of Menominee sprints toward the finish line as the fastest runner in the Bay College Invitational women's cross country race on Saturday in Flat Rock. Burmeister won on the five-kilometer course by nearly two minutes in 18 minutes, 22 seconds. (Escanaba Daily Press photo by Avery Bundgaard)

FLAT ROCK — It was a great day for a college cross country meet Saturday at Beauchamp’s Grove near Gladstone as the Northern Michigan University women and Michigan Tech men took home titles.

The Wildcats won the women’s race with a perfect score of 15 points, followed by Lake Superior State with 44 and host Bay de Noc Community College of Escanaba with 66. Michigan Tech competed with two runners and didn’t post a team score. The NMU club team also participated in the meet with non-collegiate status.

Northern senior Kameron Burmeister of Menominee blew away the competition, taking first by nearly two minutes as she finished the five-kilometer course in 18 minutes, 22.1 seconds.

She was followed by Lucille Nunneley of the non-scoring MTU team in 20:08.9. Then came four more NMU runners, junior Kalina Pfannenstiel in 20:16.6, freshman Ellise Longley in 20:21.6, sophomore Victoria Harris of Iron River in 20:31.5 and junior Hannah Lonergan of Novi, who also grew up in the Marquette area, in 21:05.6. Jaylin Fisher, another NMU student competing with the Wildcats, finished 19th in 23:26.5.

From the NMU Club team, Brittney Smith was eighth in 21:22.6, Mychala Spoelman ninth in 21:40.1, Elizabeth Parker 16th in 22:48.7, Kirsten Twork 21st in 24:20.6, Sydney Broberg 22nd in 24:20.6, Carrie Duerksen 23rd in 25:00.1, Kristine McKenzie 25th in 29:49.8 and Erin Anderson 27th in 29:50.6.

“(Saturday) was a perfect day for both the boys and the girls of the Bay College Norse,” Bay College coach Jim Murtha said. “The type of competition we saw today I would call the perfect day. The kids ran their best times and they feel so much better for themselves. They got to see where they rank against the other area college runners.”

Tops from LSSU was Rebecca Lathrop in seventh in 21:19.6, while rounding out the top 10 was the Lakers’ Lydia Heimonen in 10th in 21:50.

Heading up Bay College’s contingent was Zoie Berg in 13th overall in 22:18.3.

In the men’s meet, Michigan Tech won with 24 points, while LSSU had 37 and Bay College 85.

Individually, David Mitter of LSSU crossed the finish line first in 27:15, followed by MTU’s Tom Bye in 27:32.

NMU club team member Lucas Cavalieri was 42nd in 32:56.5.

Among the finishers was a pair of brothers from Gwinn who run for Bay College. Freshman Dominic Mancini was 46th in 41:53 while sophomore Giovanni Mancini came in 47th in 41:57.