Wildcats Compete Against Top Teams at Spartan Invite

Wildcats Compete Against Top Teams at Spartan Invite

EAST LANSING, Mich.—No. 16 Northern Michigan University Women's Cross Country turned in 13th-place finish as a team at the Spartan Invite six-kilometer race Friday afternoon in East Lansing, Michigan. The Wildcats competed against some of the top teams and runners across all three NCAA divisions at the meet hosted by Michigan State University. 


Leading the way for the Wildcats was senior Abby Fifarek (Buckley, Michigan) who finished 42nd overall. Her time of 23 minutes, 16.10 seconds was the 13th-fastest NCAA Division II time in the field of 230 total runners.

Rounding out the top-three for the Wildcats were junior Hanna Torvi (St. Paul, Minnesota) and sophomore Elise Longley (Bloomington, Minnesota) finishing 98th and 117th, respectively. Torvi finished the race in 24:32.30 to crack the top-100 overall runners. Longley crossed the finish line in 25:00.90 to finish with the team's third-fastest time.


A pair of freshmen rounded out the Wildcat scorers. Freshman Anna Kelley (Minneapolis, Minnesota) is in NMU's top-five for the second consecutive week after finishing in 25:16.90. Her time was good enough for 126th overall. Not far behind, freshman Aubrey Friendrich (Homer Glen, Illinois) placed 144th after finishing the race in 25:45.80.

The next four Wildcats to cross the finish line were also freshman. Chrysanthe Patselas (Ann Arbor, Michigan)  and Katrina Salmen (Peshtigo, Wisconsin) followed Friendrich in 145th and 146th, respectively. Patselas recorded a time of 2:46.80, while Salmen finished in 25:47.80.


Ithiaca Bergholtz – 26:32.50 (164th)
Hannah Jones – 27:08.00 (181st)
Shayla Manitowabi-Huebner – 27:08.40 (182nd)
Hannah Lonergan – 27:16.30 (187th)
Grace Bilse – 27:58.70 (200th)


The Wildcats will get nearly two weeks of rest before toeing the line at the Roy Griak Invitational September 29. The meet will be hosted by the University of Minnesota at the Les Bolstead Golf Course at 10:50 a.m.  A season ago, NMU finished fifth at the meet with a pair of runners turning in top-10 performances.