NMU - Wildcat Cross Country Qualifies for Second-Straight NCAA National Championship
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EVANSVILLE, Ind. — The Northern Michigan cross country team qualified for its second-straight NCAA National Championship by running to a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Midwestern Regional Saturday morning.
"I'm so proud of this team and how tough they ran today," head coach Jenny Ryan said. "We're very excited to return to the national stage."
The Wildcats, who entered the meet ranked No. 10 in the nation and No. 4 in their region, totaled 181 points to place fourth. They were led by all-region performers Kameron Burmeister (7th, 20:58.01) and Sophie McDonald (23rd, 21:31.45).
"Kam led the team with an amazing performance," Ryan said. "It was a very competitive field, and it took a full team effort to qualify for the NCAA Championships."
Abby Fifarek (42nd, 21:58.62), Caroline Brisbois (51st, 22:11.15), Vivian Hett (58th, 22:16.10), Alexis Smith (63rd, 22:18.49) and Katelyn Smith (81st, 22:46.84) also cracked the top 100.
The field included 220 participants and 32 teams. The top five teams advanced to the NCAA National Championship, which is set for Nov. 19 in St. Leo, Fla.
Grand Valley State (43), Cedarville (103) and Southern Indiana (123) rounded out the NCAA Midwestern Regional's top three. Hillsdale (185) grabbed the regional's final NCAA Championship spot.
Last year, Northern Michigan returned to the NCAA National Championship for the first time since 2005 after taking fourth at the NCAA Midwestern Regional. Burmeister (14th, 21:28.776) and McDonald (20th, 21:38.536) captured all-region accolades.