Cross country team places high in home championship

Julie Goldberg

The Northern Michigan University’s women’s cross country team competed in the U.P. Championships against Michigan Tech and Lake Superior State last week to begin their season.

“We had a great start to the season at the home meet on campus,” NMU head coach Jenny Ryan said. “We had seven of the top 10 finishers in the race, which showed the strength and depth of this team. It was a great first meet of the year to do so well as a team and also to have many local supporters come out and watch the team race.”

The Wildcats claimed the first six positions of the race with sophomore Kameron Burmeister placing first with a time of 14:22.8.

“It was a very fun race and a good course,” Burmeister said. “I am very happy with how I performed on Friday.”

Sophomore Vivian Hett finished in second with a time of 14:30.5.

“The race was really fun,” Hett said. “It was really exciting to see how strong our team is. We can’t wait for the upcoming races and the rest of the season together.”

The Wildcats travel to Sault Ste. Marie for the Chris Yanni Memorial Invitational at 10 a.m. on Saturday Sept. 12.

NMU will be competing against Lake Superior State University, Northwood University and Ferris State University. The meet is in honor of former LSSU all-region runner Chris Yanni, who was killed in a cycling accident in 1992.

The meet is a 6,000-meter course at The Oaks Golf Club in Kincheloe, MI.

Lake Superior State competed in the U.P. Championships on Friday, Sept. 4 to begin their season. There was a 30-second difference between the top six Lakers of the race.

Northwood started their season by competing in the Eastern Michigan University Celebration 5k on Saturday, Sept. 5 against Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Western Michigan and Wayne State.

The Timberwolves were led by senior Jenny Frantz, who finished 49th out of 116 runners with a time of 19:53.0.

Ferris State competed in the Ray Helsing Bulldog Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 5 to start their season with the Bulldogs taking the top eight positions at the meet.

Ryan and the entire team are excited for the upcoming meet and season.

“We are looking forward to the bigger meets ahead,” Ryan said. “We will be up against some of the top teams in the country.”