Wildcats Surge Back into National Rankings

Wildcats Surge Back into National Rankings

MARQUETTE, Mich. – No. 17 Northern Michigan University Women's Cross Country propelled into the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Top-25 after defeating four ranked opponents over the weekend at the Conference Crossover hosted by Lewis University.

At the event, the Wildcats sixth in the team standings behind four ranked programs. No. 1 California Baptist University took the team title with 51 points, just ahead of GLIAC foe No. 2 Grand Valley State University who had 66 points. No. 8 the University of Alaska Anchorage finished third. A pair of ranked opponents finished fourth and fifth with No. 9 Walsh University finishing fourth and No. 10 Hillsdale College rounding out the top five.

Senior Kameron Burmeister (Menominee, Michigan) lead the surge after placing 10th in the loaded field of over 350 runners. Sophomore Katelyn Smith (Gaylord, Michigan) and senior Vivian Hett (Burnsville, Minnesota) earned top-20 performances, placing 19th and 20th, respectively. Smith's time of 22:21.8 was her second best of the season, while Hett finished in 22:22.8 for her best time of 2017

Rounding out the scorers for the Wildcats were juniors Sophie McDonald (Park City, Utah) and Kieren Becker (Fowler, Michigan) who crossed the finish line in 77th and 82nd.

The USTFCCCA regional poll has NMU sitting fourth behind GVSU, Walsh, and Hillsdale. The Wildcats jumped a number of Midwest Region opponents after outrunning them over the weekend, including Malone University, Cedarville University, and the University of Southern Indiana.

The postseason begins next weekend for the Wildcats when they host the 2017 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championships at Gentz's Homestead Golf Course.