NMU - Wildcat Cross Country Races to Second-Place Finish at GLIAC Championships

NMU - Wildcat Cross Country Races to Second-Place Finish at GLIAC Championships

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BIG RAPIDS, Mich. — The Northern Michigan cross country team ran to a second-place finish at the 2016 GLIAC Championships, held Saturday morning.

Five all-GLIAC performances lifted the Wildcats to their best finish at the GLIAC championship meet since 2005.

"Today was an exciting day for our Wildcat runners," head coach Jenny Ryan said. "I'm so proud of this team and how strong they ran. It was definitely a team effort to finish how we did."

For the third-straight year, Kameron Burmeister earned a spot on the all-GLIAC first team, taking sixth with a time of 21:57.6. She was joined on the first team by Caroline Brisbois, who took ninth after crossing the line in 22:15.0.

Northern Michigan's next three finishers, Sophie McDonald (17th, 22:38.1), Abby Fifarek (19th, 22:42.3) and Vivian Hett (20th, 22:44.1), all made the all-GLIAC second team.

Alexis Smith (35th, 23:30.8) also placed in the top half of the 100-athlete field.

With 69 points, the Wildcats finished behind Grand Valley State (35) and edged Hillsdale (76). No other team finished with fewer than 150 points.

Burmeister placed 10th at the past two GLIAC Championships. Brisbois, McDonald and Hett made the 2015 all-GLIAC second team.

Northern Michigan last raced to a runner-up at the GLIAC Championship meet in 2005. That year, Stephanie Howard and Maria Stuber earned all-GLIAC accolades. Since that race, then their fifth-straight second-place finish, the Wildcats finished in the top five six times.

Northern Michigan returns to the course Nov. 5 at the NCAA Midwestern Regional in Evansville, Ind.