Wildcats Remain at No. 17 in National Rankings

Wildcats Remain at No. 17 in National Rankings

MARQUETTE, Mich.—No. 17 Northern Michigan University Women's cross country stayed pat in the latest U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Top-25 after their runner-up performance at the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic conference Championships over the weekend.

The Wildcats were led over the weekend by senior Kameron Burmeister (Menominee, Michigan) at the conference meet who earned her fourth career All-GLIAC First Team honors with a fifth-place finish. Not for behind, sophomore Katelyn Smith (Gaylord, Michigan) was sixth to earn her first All-GLIAC First Team award.

Earning second team honors for the Wildcats were senior Vivian Hett (Burnsville, Minnesota), junior Sophie McDonald (Park City, Utah), and junior Abby Fifarek (Buckley, Michigan). The trio finished 16th, 18th, and 22nd at the meet, respectively.

The top three in the national poll remain unchanged with California Baptist University, GVSU, and Adams State University taking the top spots. The Lakers were the top team in the first five polls of the season before Cal Baptist defeated GVSU at the Conference Crossover.

In the Midwest Region rankings, the top four teams remain unchanged despite some shifting. GVSU remains the top seed in the region, while Hillsdale College jumped a spot to second and Walsh University fell to third. The Wildcats remain in fourth as the second-highest GLIAC team in the poll.

Next for NMU will be the NCAA Division II Midwest Region Championships set to take place Saturday, November 4 in Cedarville, Ohio. The Wildcats will look to advance to the NCAA II National Championships for the third consecutive season as the top-five finishing teams will advance to the National Championships in Evansville, Indiana.