Wildcats Prepping for NCAA II National Championships

Wildcats Prepping for NCAA II National Championships

MARQUETTE, Mich.—No. 15 Northern Michigan University Women's Cross Country will wrap up their season this weekend with their third-consecutive appearance in the NCAA Division II National Championships in Evansville, Indiana. The women's 6-kilometer race will take place Saturday morning at 10:15 a.m.

Coverage of the race can be found at nmuwildcats.com and on social media using the handle @NMU_Wildcats.

Weekly Notes:

All-Conference. Five NMU runners earned all-conference honors with their performance at the 2017 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championships two weekends ago. Senior Kameron Burmeister (Menominee, Michigan) and sophomore Katelyn Smith (Gaylord, Michigan) fifth and sixth to garner first-team honors. Senior Vivian Hett (Burnsville, Minnesota) and juniors Sophie McDonald (Park City, Utah) and Abby Fifarek (Buckley, Michigan) were named to the second team. As a team, the Wildcats finished second behind Grand Valley State University.

All-Region. Individually at the 2017 NCAA II Midwest Region Championships, three Wildcats earned all-region honors by placing in the top-25. For the fourth-consecutive year, senior Burmeister was all-region, placing fifth. Hett and Smith earned their first career all-region honors placing 14th and 19th, respectively. As a team, NMU finished second behind Grand Valley State University. NMU just missed out on an automatic bid to the National Championships finishing fourth

2017 NCAA II National Championships Field. The field will consist of 24 of the top-25 teams in the latest U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Top-25 Poll. Additionally, three more programs received votes in last week's rankings. Just five teams earned a bid into the national meet that did not receive any votes in the final poll before the season's final meet.

Repeat History.  There have been six All-American in the program's history, with a total of 10 All-America honors earned. A season ago, Burmeister became the sixth Wildcats runner to earn the honor and will have an opportunity this season to become the fourth NMU runner with multiple All-America honors. Stephanie Howe accomplished the feat in the 2004 and 2005 season, while Aubrey Smith did so in 2001 and 2002. Caitlin Compton was an All-America for three-consecutive seasons between 2000 and 2002.

NMU at the National Championships. With their at-large bid, NMU earned a third consecutive trip to the NCAA II National Championships in 2017. It will be the team's ninth trip to the national meet in program history. The Wildcats finished 14th a year ago and ninth in 2015. The highest finish in program history came in 2002 when NMU finished fourth.

Angel Mounds. Located in Evansville, Indiana, the address for the race site is listed below, while a link to the course map can be found HERE

Angel Mounds Cross Country Course

8215 Pollack Ave.

Evansville, IN 47715