MARQUETTE, Mich.—All seven Northern Michigan University Women's Cross Country runners that competed at the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional and NCAA Division II National Championships were honored Friday for their athletic and academic successes during the 2017 season.
The Wildcats were one of five programs to have all seven postseason runners honored with the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic Award. Queens University of Charlotte, Stonehill College, the University of Mary, and Walsh University also had seven runners honored with a total of 393 earning all-academic awards.
Senior Kameron Burmeister (Menominee, Michigan) was the top-finisher for NMU at the Midwest Region Championships and the NCAA II Championships, earning All-America status for the second time in cross country. Her 3.71 cumulative GPA in Nursing helped earn the USTFCCCA honor.
Fellow senior Vivian Hett (Burnsville, Minnesota) also earned the academic award with a cumulative GPA 3.95 in Sport Science. Hett was the third-fastest Wildcat finisher at the National Championships, finishing 88th.
A trio of NMU juniors were honored with the award including Kieren Becker (Fowler, Michigan), Abby Fifarek (Buckley, Michigan), and Sophie McDonald (Park City, Utah). Becker owns a 3.9 GPA in Communications, while Fifarek has a 3.63 in marketing and McDonald has a 3.74 in Cell & Molecular Neuroscience.
Sophomores Katelyn Smith (Gaylord, Michigan) and Hanna Torvi (St. Paul, Minnesota) round out the seven NMU runners honored. Smith was the second fastest Wildcat at the NCAA Championships placing 56th. Studying Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, her GPA sits at 3.82. Torvi is. Pre-Nursing student with a cumulative GPA of 3.67.
As a team, the Wildcats were one of 157 women's programs honored by the USTFCCCA for their marks in the class room and athletic accomplishments. Overall the NMU Women's Cross Country earned a cumulative GPA of 3.44 to finish in the top half of qualifying teams.
The individual All-Academic honor was awarded to student athletes who have compiled a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.25 and finished among the top 30 percent of eligible runners at his or her regional championships and/or the top half of the field at the NCAA Championships. Teams must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 and must have scored at an NCAA Division II regional meet to qualify for All-Academic awards.