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Sten Fjeldheim
Sten Fjeldheim

Coach’s Corner

Sten Fjeldheim, NMU Cross Country 

Seven is what the Northern Michigan University cross country team considers to be its lucky number.  Seven is our goal.  Seven what, you ask?  Seven consecutive years of advancing to the NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships if we qualify for the national meet again this year in November!


It’s definitely an attainable goal if we keep up the hard work we’ve already demonstrated this year. I also believe we have a chance to contend for the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championship title.  Last year, we were second of the 13 GLIAC teams at the league meet.  We finished 13th at the NCAAs, but illness during the meet slowed us down a bit. Still, since 2000 we’ve finished 8th, 6th, 4th, 7th, 7th, and 16th.  I’m quite pleased that we’ve put our mark on the Division II national cross country scene.


U.S. Olympic cross country skiers and NMU skiers Lindsey Weier and Lindsay Williams are back this year after missing the 2005 cross country season to focus on their Olympic preparation.  Both are consistent contributors.  We are also happy to have back juniors Kelly Ahern, Brittney Coehoorn, Laura DeWitt, Bibiane Mahy, Brooke Rediger, Kyle Richards and Danielle Stein as well as senior Stephanie Mishica,.  They all have come out pretty strong this year as well. 


Kelly Ahern was the first Wildcat across the finish line at 14th at last week’s Roy Griak Invitational. She was the overall winner of the Michigan Tech Opener on Sept. 1.  Three weeks ago, Bibiane Mahy was our top runner at the Midwest Collegiate Open.


I’m also very excited about the freshmen who have joined our program. Anna Berglund, Catie Cogger, Christina Gillis, Maria Grossi, Ingrid Fjelheim and Megan Hendershot, have all looked good in the first half of the season.  Their strong performances down the stretch can be the impetus in helping us accomplish our goals.


This Friday (Oct. 6), the team is the host of the NMU Invitational, our only home event of the year. We hope you’ll come and be our metaphoric 8th runner.  This is a super fun event in that we have the course go right through the heart of the campus, with the start and finish lines down near the Quad II residence halls and the loop going around the library and the academic mall. 


When we did this a few years ago, the team was thrilled to have hundreds of Wildcat fans lining the course and cheering them on!  This year’s meet begins at 3 p.m., so take a study break and join in the fun.  You won’t have any trouble finding us as we’re taking over the campus for the afternoon.


Remember, Friday, 3 p.m., ‘Cats on the Prowl!  We’ll see you there.

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