NMU - Wildcats Qualify for National Championships with Fourth Place Regional Finish
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EVANSVILLE, Ind. — The Northern Michigan cross country team qualified for its first NCAA National Championship since 2005 after placing fourth at the NCAA Midwestern Regional Saturday morning.
"I'm so proud of this team and each of these student-athletes," head coach Jenny Ryan said. "They have run consistently well all season, and it's very exciting for their focus and hard work to pay off. They proved that they are a team that deserves to compete at the NCAA National Championship."
Each of the top five Wildcat runners cracked the top 50 in a field of 224, led by Kameron Burmeister, who clocked in at 21:28.776 to finish 14th.
Sophie McDonald claimed 20th with a time of 21:38.536 while Vivian Hett was not far behind, timing in at 21:50.596 to finish 27th.
Megan Edic (40th, 22:12.126) and Caroline Brisbois (50th, 22:23.166) rounded out the Wildcat top five. Hannah Lonergan (84th, 23:03.810) and Sarah Goble (130th, 23:56.430) also competed for Northern Michigan.
No. 1 Grand Valley State (45), No. 3 Hillsdale (63) and No. 14 Lewis (150) were the top three teams. Hillsdale's Emily Oren won the individual crown with a time of 20:19.476.
The Wildcats' fourth-place finish at the regional meet is their highest since 2005, when they also finished fourth. Their best finish at the regional meet came in 2000, when they scored the victory.
The Wildcats will run at the NCAA National Championship Nov. 21 in Joplin, Mo.