MIDLAND, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University cross country team finished fourth out of 16 teams at the 2012 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championship from Maple Leaf Golf Course in Linwood, Mich. on Saturday (Oct. 20). The Wildcats had a team score of 139. Grand Valley State won the conference title with 25 points. Also finishing ahead of the ‘Cats were Ferris State (84) and Wayne state (124).
“We had a great day today,” NMU coach Jenny Ryan said. “The women ran smart and strong with great finishes. Everyone had personal bests on the day.”
Junior Mandy Dye was the top finisher for NMU on the 6-kilometer course. She finished 19th in 22:14.2. Three spots and three seconds back was junior Mallory Celaya.
Sophomore Larissa Halonen (22:28.9) was third for the ‘Cats in 31st place. Freshman Megan Edic was two second behind Halonen in 32nd.
Sophomore Katie Granquist (22:31.4) and freshman Mary Kate Cirelli (22:31.8) finished 35th and 36th. Senior Rita Woitas (58th) also ran for NMU.
“The team ran in a pack and pushed each other all the way,” Ryan added. “The team results were tight between third and seventh and we just finished strong. It sets us up well for the regional championship two weeks.”
Northern now has two weeks to prepare for the NCAA Midwest Regional in Kenosha, Wis. The top five teams from the regional qualify for the NCAA Championship on Nov. 18.
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