WILSON - Kingsford's Daniel Kulas, a student at Iron Mountain, topped the field at the North Central All-Class Invitational here Wednesday.
Kulas clocked a time of 17:34 and was followed by Stephenson's Connor Cappaert (17:48) and Munising's Brett Hannah (17:58).
"I started getting some separation at Mile 2, which I think was little bit of a confidence boost," said Kulas. "I got off to a good start and attacked the hills. The weather was a lot nicer than at Norway (where temperatures were in the 80s). It was cloudy and we had a nice wind, which helped cool us off."
Iron Mountain SENIOR Daniel Kulas leads the way at Wednesday’s North Central Invitational cross country meet. Kulas finished first and helped the Kingsford boys team to second overall. Daily Press Photo
Kulas' finish lifted the Flivvers to second overall with 52 points. Menominee was first (42) and Munising third (87). Nate Carey added a seventh for Kingsford. Florence's Dan Jones took ninth.
Norway, with a 10th-place effort from Steve Raboin, finished fourth.
Florence's Jenny Goeman broke up a pack of Menominee runners among the top five in the girls race, finishing fourth with a time of 22:30.
"I think I got dehydrated at Norway," said Goeman, who had a sideache midway through that race on Aug. 27. "Today, I felt good the whole time. I think getting a meet in before this and having people in front of me helped me push a lot harder."
Kingsford finished the girls race in fourth behind Menominee, Gladstone and Munising. Norway was fifth, and Florence seventh.
(John Vrancic of the Daily Press contributed to this report)
North Central Invitational
Menominee 42, Kingsford 52, Munising 87, Norway 106, Stephenson 145, Carney-Nadeau 164, Florence 194, Gladstone 207, North Central 232, Big Bay de Noc 235, Goodman-Pembine 236.
Top 10 - 1, Dan Kulas, Kingsford, 17:34; 2, Connor Cappaert, Stephenson, 17:48; 3, Brett Hannah, Munising, 17:58; 4, Davey Luplow, Menominee, 18:00; 5, Gunther DeDamos, Menominee, 18:12; 6, Aaron Maas, Menominee, 18:53; 7, Nate Carey, Kingsford, 18:54; 8, Izaak Mahoski, Munising, 18:55; 9, Dan Jones, Florence, 19:34; 10, Steve Raboin, Norway, 19:48.
Menominee 17, Gladstone 70, Munising 72, Kingsford 135, Norway 152, Carney-Nadeau 161, Florence 163, Stephenson 192, North Central 202, Big Bay de Noc 229.
Top 10 - 1, Kameron Burmeister, Menominee, 21:06; 2, Lily Johnson, Menominee, 21:48; 3, Autumn McClure, Menominee, 22:12; 4, Jenny Goeman, Florence, 22:30; 5, Anna Schloegel, Menominee, 22:52; 6, Rebekah Wickman, Menominee, 23:15; 7, Kennedy McDonnell, Menominee, 23:19; 8, Sadie Strasser, Gladstone, 23:37; 9, Josie Gardner, Gladstone, 23:40; 10, Sam Sailer, Menominee, 23:46.