Wildcats Jump in Rankings After National Championships Invite

Wildcats Jump in Rankings After National Championships Invite

MARQUETTE, Mich.—No. 15 Northern Michigan University Women's cross country rose in the latest U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Top-25 after earning an at-large bid to the NCAA Division II National Championships. The Wildcats jumped two spots after being ranked in 17th in back-to-back editions of the poll.

NMU just missed on earning an automatic bid to the national meet as the top-three finishing programs earned a bid to the NCAA II National Championships in two weeks. The Wildcats were tied for the smallest margin in the country from an automatic qualifying position at 21 points with a fourth-place finish at Saturday's NCAA II Midwest Region Championships.

Individually at the meet, three Wildcats earned all-region honors by placing in the top-25. For the fourth-consecutive year, senior Kameron Burmeister (Menominee, Michigan) was all-region, placing fifth. Senior Vivian Hett (Burnsville, Minnesota) and sophomore Katelyn Smith (Gaylord, Michigan) earned their first career all-region honors placing 14th and 19th, respectively.

The NCAA II National Championships are set to be held November 18 in Evansville, Indiana. Three teams from each of the eight regions earned automatic bids over the weekend. On Monday, eight more at-large teams from around the country, including NMU, were chosen to complete the 32-team National Championships field.

A year ago, the Wildcats placed 14th at the national meet, and finished ninth in 2015. The 2002 team turned in a program best fourth-place finish at the NCAA II National Championships.