Wildcats’ Smith Earns top NCAA Division II Finish

Wildcats’ Smith Earns top NCAA Division II Finish

EAST LANSING, Mich.—No. 13 Northern Michigan University Cross Country competed Friday afternoon at the Spartan Invite hosted by Michigan State University.

In a field of over 300 runners, sophomore Katelyn Smith (Gaylord, Michigan) finished as the top NCAA Division II runner earning a top-10 finish in the process. Smith's time of 22 minutes, two seconds in the meet was over a minute and a half better than finish in the same event a year ago.

Senior Kieren Becker (Fowler, Michigan) was the second fastest Wildcat runner placing 41st in 23:02.8. Becker pulled in a top-50 performance finishing in 41st.

Junior Abby Fifarek (Buckley, Michigan) and sophomore Hannah Torvi (St. Paul, Minnesota) placed 58th and 67, respectively. Fifarek finished in 23:37.6, while Torvi crossed the finish line in 24:02.7. Senior Kelly Pietrzak (Bay City, Michigan) rounded out the top-five scorers for NMU placing 81st in 24:18.3.

Junior Maddy Walters (Madison, Wisconsin) and freshman Elise Longley (Bloomington, Minnesota) were the sixth and seventh fastest runners for the Wildcats. Walters finished 104th in 24:53.2 with Longley placing 119th in 25:06.8.

The Wildcats compete again Saturday, September 23 in St. Paul, Minnesota at the Roy Griak Invitation.