Wildcats Finish Second at GLIAC Championships

Wildcats Finish Second at GLIAC Championships

MARQUETTE, Mich.—Five No. 17 Northern Michigan University Women's Cross Country runners earned All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference honors Saturday morning en route to a second-place team finish at the GLIAC Cross Country Championships, hosted by NMU.  

Senior Kameron Burmeister (Menominee, Michigan) led the Wildcats with a fifth-place finish. Burmeister climbed to as high as third at the five-kilometer mark of the six-kilometer race, but eventually crossed the finish line in fifth with a time of 21 minutes, 54.20 seconds. Earning All-GLIAC First Team honors with the finish, Burmeister finished with first team accolades for the fourth-consecutive season.

Earning her first career All-GLIAC honor, sophomore Katelyn Smith (Gaylord, Michigan) crossed the finish line just behind Burmeister in sixth. Smith earned first team honors after finishing in 21:56.90, a career-best.

Senior Vivian Hett (Burnsville, Minnesota) and junior Sophie McDonald (Park City, Utah) who placed 16th and 18th, respectively. Hett is now a three-time second team member with her time of 22:56.80. McDonald has also made the All-GLIAC Second Team for three consecutive seasons with her finish of 22:58.20.

Rounding out the scorers for NMU was junior Abby Fifarek (Buckly, Michigan) who finished 22nd with a time of 23:30.20. The finish marks the second-consecutive season that Fifarek has earned All-GLIAC honors. 

Junior Kieren Becker (Fowler, Michigan) and sophomore Hanna Torvi (St. Paul, Minnesota) finished back-to-back n 24th and 25th. Becker crossed the finish line in 23:42, while Torvi finished in 23:43.20.

The final three runners for the Wildcats were junior Maddy Walters (Madison, Wisconsin) junior Kalina Pfannenstiel (Traverse City, Michigan) and freshman Ellise Longley (Bloomington, Minnesota) The trio finished 36th, 49th, and 59th, respectively.

As a team, NMU finished second with 62 points. No. 2 Grand Valley State University took the team crown with 17 points after placing seven runners in the top ten, including a sweep of the top-four spots. Michigan Technological University finished third, 39 points behind the Wildcats.

The Wildcats now get two weeks to prepare for a competitive field at the NCAA II Midwest Region Championships. Cedarville University will be this years' host in Cedarville, Ohio, with the Wildcats looking to clinch a berth to the NCAA II Cross Country Championships for the third-consecutive season.