ST. PAUL, Minn.—Northern Michigan University Women's Cross Country finished fifth as a team at the 2018 Roy Griak Invitational hosted by the University of Minnesota. Three Wildcats finished in the top-50 in a field of nearly 200 NCAA Division II participants at the Les Bolstad Golf Course.
For the first time this season, the Wildcats fielded their complete squad en route to their top team performance of 2018. Senior Sophie McDonald (Park City, Utah) led the team in her season debut. She finished the six-kilometer race in 19th overall with a time of 22 minutes, 56.60 seconds.
Not far behind, senior Abby Fifarek (Buckley, Michigan) was the 23rd-fastest runner in the field, while junior Katelyn Smith (Gaylord, Michigan) rounded out the team's top-50 finishers placing 34th. Fifarek crossed the finish line in 23:04.00 and Smith finished with a time of 23:32.80.
Rounding out the team scorers were junior Hanna Torvi (St. Paul, Minnesota) and junior Paige Du Bois (Green Bay, Wisconsin) who finished back-to-back. Torvi finished 54th in her hometown with a time of 24:09.20. DuBois made her Wildcat debut placing 55th in 24:09.50.
Sophomore Ellise Longley (Bloomington, Minnesota) was the sixth-fastest Wildcat on the afternoon with a time of 24:32.50. Freshman Anna Kelley (Minneapolis, Minnesota) finished in 24:58.10 as the 90th-fastest individual.
NMU finished fifth as a team with 177 points among 22 NCAA Division II teams. The University of Mary took the top spot with 60 points, while Augustana University and the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs rounded out the top three. Michigan Technological University finished just ahead of the Wildcats in fourth with 117 points.
Shayla Manitowabi-Huebner – 25:07.20 (96th)
Hannah Lonergan – 25:30.00 (105th)
Aubrey Friedrich – 25:42.90 (114th)
Grace Bilse – 25:46.30 (116th)
Katrina Salmen – 26:00.70 (123rd)
Chrysanthe Patselas – 27:16.60 (156th)
Hannah Jones – 28:01.50 (166th)
The Wildcats will be back in action next weekend when they travel to Lewis University to compete in the Conference Crossover on Saturday. A year ago, NMU finished sixth as a team with three runners finishing in the top-20 in the field of more than 350 runners.