October 22, 2011

Runners Finish Eighth at GLIAC Championship

Freshman runner Larissa Halonen.
Freshman runner Larissa Halonen.

ASHLAND, Ohio – The Northern Michigan women’s cross country team came home in eighth-place on Saturday (Oct. 22) at the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championship in Ashland, Ohio.

“We were one point out of seventh-place,” coach Jenny Ryan said. “The muddy conditions affected a couple of our runners but they were able to tough it out and continue running until the end.”

Grand Valley State won the event with a score of 21 points.  The ‘Cats finished with 180 points, just one point shy of tying Tiffin for seventh place.  NMU runners had a combined time of 2:00:34.82 and averaged the race at a pace of 24:06.97.

“The girls ran great today,” Ryan added. “We had 76 fewer points than last year and we beat Michigan Tech.”

Freshman Larissa Halonen was the first Northern Michigan runner to cross the finish line, placing 25th with a time of 23:40.26.  Next for the ‘Cats was sophomore Mandy Dye in 40th place with a time of 24:07.71.

Following Dye were Katie Granquist (42nd), Chelsea Farquhar (45th), Rita Woitas (47th), Nora Kiilunen (54th), Olivia Juntila (63rd), Alicia Romano (83rd), Emily Allen (90th) and Olivia Howard (92nd).

NMU will be off for the next two weeks before traveling to the NCAA Regional in Big Rapids, Mich. on Nov. 5.

“I feel like we can beat a couple of the teams that were ahead of us today at the upcoming regional,” Ryan said.

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