MARQUETTE, Mich.—A pair of Northern Michigan University student-athletes were named Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Commissioner's Award recipients for the fall athletic season. Senior cross country runner Kameron Burmeister (Menominee, Michigan) and senior volleyball player Madison Whitehead (Altoona, Wisconsin) were two of six females recognized with the award for their academic and athletic success during the fall 2017 semester.
The duo become the fourth and fifth Wildcats to be recognized with the GLIAC Commissioner's award and the first since former women's basketball player Alyssa Colla earned the award for the winter season of 2014-15.
Burmeister ended her cross country career in the fall capturing her second-consecutive All-America award with a 26th-place finish. Her performance guided the Wildcats to a 13th-place team finish, finishing one place better than the 2016 team.
Burmeister's impressive cross country career comes to an end as a two-time All-American, four-time All-Region honoree, four-time All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference honoree, and the all-time six-kilometer record holder for the NMU cross country program. Her 6K record was set at the 2016 NCAA Division II Midwest Region Championships and is 33 seconds better than the next closest time.
In the classroom, the senior nursing major owns a 3.71 cumulative grade-point average after the fall semester. She was named to the GLIAC Women's Cross Country All-Academic Excellence Team her final three seasons with GPA's above 3.50.
A biology and physiology double-major, Whitehead has achieved a 3.82 grade point average during her time at Northern Michigan University and was named to the GLIAC All-Academic Excellence Team this past fall.
A first-team All-GLIAC honoree, she led the Wildcats with 326 kills, averaging 3.05 kills per set. she helped guide NMU to a 20-win season and their first GLIAC tournament win since the 2013 season. She was also named D2CCA First Team All-Region.
Whitehead finished her Wildcat career with 1,323 kills, moving to third all-time in school history. She also moved into fifth place at NMU with 354 total blocks and fourth with 314 block assists.
NMU was one of two schools to have multiple female student-athletes selected joining Grand Valley State University. Including the men's winners, three schools received multiple winners of the award.