September 24, 2011

Wildcat Runners Finish Fourth at Roy Griak

Nora Kiilunen
Nora Kiilunen

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Northern Michigan cross country team traveled to St. Paul, Minnesota to race at the nation’s largest cross country meet, the 26th annual Roy Griak Invitational. The Wildcats finished fourth out of 22 teams in the women’s Division II race.

“We had a great race with very good results,” NMU head coach Jenny Ryan said. “I feel that we are in a good position for our team at this time of the season.”

Freshman Larissa Halonen once again led the ‘Cats, finishing 22nd with a time of 23:17.4. Mandy Dye was second for the team in 30th (23:30.4). Katie Granquist was third (51st) while Rita Woitas (60th), Alicia Romano (62nd) and Nora Kiilunen (63rd) finished in a pack. Olivia Juntila rounded out the scoring for the ‘Cats in 65th place.

Olivia Howard (80th), Marie Helen Soderman (85th), Chelsea Farquhar (91st), Emily Allen (104th), Kelsey Noah (107th), Jordyn Ross (112th) Monica Markvardsen (155th), Felicia Gesior (155th) and Alea Juntti (204th) also raced for the ‘Cats.

The University of Mary, Augustana and UW-Parkside finished as the top three schools. Mary is ranked No. 11 in the nation and UW-Parkside is ranked eighth in the Midwest Region.

NMU has a weekend off before hosting the U.P. Championships on Oct. 7.

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