NMU Cross Country Runners earn academic honors

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MARQUETTE, Mi. Northern Michigan University Cross Country earned the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic Award while three student-athletes earned 2018 NCAA Division II Cross Country All-Academic Individual honors.

The 2018 Cross Country team notched an overall grade point average of 3.53 to finish among the top 50 of 231 women's teams to achieve the recognition. Teams to earn All-Academic team awards were programs who had a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 and scored at an NCAA Division II regional meet during the season. The Wildcats scored 332 points and finished 11th of 29 teams at the NCAA II Midwest Region Championships in the fall.

Individually, Seniors Sophie McDonald (Park City, Utah) and Nicole Schneider (Plymouth, Minn.) and junior Hanna Torvi (St. Paul, Minn.) each received Individual honors.

McDonald, majoring in Neuroscience/Cell and Molecular, posted a time of 22:59.60 to finish 36th at the Regional and took 19th place to earn Second Team All-GLIAC honors by posting a time of 22:54.90.

Schneider is a Management major who took 48th place with a time of 23:19.70 at the Regionals while her time of 22:57.20 at the GLIAC Championships placed her 21st.

A Nursing major, Torvi came in at 23:22.50 to capture 51st place in the Regional. She took 22nd at the GLIAC Championships by recording a time of 22:58.60.

In order to qualify for this honor, student-athletes must have compiled a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 and finished among the top 30 percent of eligible runners at his or her regional championships and/or the top half of the field at the NCAA Championship meet.