NMU - Wildcat Cross Country Finishes 14th at NCAA National Championship

NMU - Wildcat Cross Country Finishes 14th at NCAA National Championship

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ST. LEO, Fla. — The Northern Michigan cross country team raced at its second-straight NCAA National Championship Saturday morning, placing 14th with 369 points.

Kameron Burmeister became the first Wildcat in 11 years to capture All-American accolades, finishing 30th with a time of 21:16.7.

"The team ran a strong race against the top teams in the nation today," said head coach Jenny Ryan. "I'm so proud of how everyone handled the pressure and ran solid races. It was an exciting day for the Wildcats."

Caroline Brisbois (66th, 21:57.2) and Vivian Hett (83rd, 22:10.1) joined Burmeister in the top 100.

Abby Fifarek (132nd, 22:40.2) and Sophie McDonald (135th, 22:42.8) rounded out Northern Michigan's top five.

The national meet's field included 240 runners and 32 teams. The Wildcats placed second among the GLIAC schools in attendance, finishing behind only NCAA champion Grand Valley State.

"Everyone should be very proud of this team and how well they represented Northern Michigan and Marquette," Ryan said.

The last Wildcat to earn All-American honors was Stephanie Howe in 2005. Howe also raced to an All-American finish in 2004.

At last year's national meet, Northern Michigan placed ninth with 319 points, securing its seventh top-10 finish since 2000. Hett (57th, 21:42.7), Burmeister (60th, 21:45.8), Brisbois (85th, 22:06.7) and McDonald (93rd, 22:10.6) cracked the top 100.