MARQUETTE, Mi. No. 17 Northern Michigan University Women's Cross Country earned an at-large bid to compete in the 2017 NCAA Division II National Championships the NCAA announced in a release Monday afternoon. The bid marks the third consecutive year that the Wildcats will advance to the national meet.
The NCAA II National Championships are set to be held November 18 in Evansville, Indiana. Three teams from each of the eight regions earned automatic bids over the weekend. On Monday, eight more at-large teams from around the country were chosen to complete the 32-team National Championships field.
NMU just missed on earning an automatic bid to the national meet as the top-three finishing programs earned a bid to the NCAA II National Championships in two weeks. The Wildcats were tied for the smallest margin in the country from an automatic qualifying position at 21 points with a fourth-place finish at Saturday's NCAA II Midwest Region Championships.
Individually at the meet, three Wildcats earned all-region honors by placing in the top-25. For the fourth-consecutive year, senior Kameron Burmeister (Menominee, Michigan) was all-region, placing fifth. Senior Vivian Hett (Burnsville, Minnesota) and sophomore Katelyn Smith (Gaylord, Michigan)
A year ago, the Wildcats placed 14th at the national meet, and finished ninth in 2015. The 2002 team turned in a program best fourth-place finish at the NCAA II National Championships.