Wildcats Nearly Sweep Top-Five in Escanaba

Wildcats Nearly Sweep Top-Five in Escanaba

ESCANABA, Mich.—Northern Michigan University Women's Cross Country took the top spot at the five-kilometer Bay College Invitational Saturday morning, nearly sweeping the top-five spots, individually.

NMU took five of the top six individual spots to defeat the four other teams at the event. The Wildcats finished with 19 points to defeat four other Upper Peninsula programs.

Senior Kameron Burmeister (Menominee, Michigan) returned from her two-week absence to take the top spot with a time of 18 minutes, 22 seconds. Her time was nearly two minutes faster than the runner-up at the event. It was the first event for Burmeister since her fourth-place performance at the season-opening Wisconsin-Parkside Godfrey Open.

Junior Kalina Pfannenstiel (Traverse City, Michigan) was the second-fastest Wildcat finishing third with a time of 20:16. Finishing fourth and fifth were freshman Ellise Longley (Bloomington, Minnesota) and sophomore Victoria Harris (Iron River, Michigan) to round out the top-five. Longley crossed the finish line in 20:21, while Harris finished in 20:31.

The final NMU point scorer was junior Hannah Lonergan (Novi, Michigan) who finished sixth in 21:05. Jaylin Fisher also competed, placing 19th-overall with a time of 23:26. 

With one final tune-up before the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championships, the Wildcats will head to Romeoville, Illinois, next Saturday for the Conference Crossover hosted by Lewis University.