NMU adds two runners for Women's Cross Country and Track and Field

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MARQUETTE, Mi. Northern Michigan University Women's Cross Country and Women's Track & Field Head Coach Jenny Ryan announced the addition of two student athletes for the 2018-19 athletic season.

The additions to next year's squads will include Morgan Lyon (Traverse City, Michigan) and Paige Saiz (Highland, Michigan).

"We are very excited to add Morgan and Paige to our programs for next year," Ryan said of the two additions. "They are both talented and hard-working student-athletes that have the potential to make an impact on both programs."

Lyon has earned seven combined varsity letters in cross country and track & field at Traverse City West High School. She owns the school record in the 4x800-meter relay and was named all-state in the event for the 2018 season. Lyon is also in the top-10 of the cross country record book. She owns four Big North All-Conference nods and advanced to the state track & field meet in each of her first three seasons.

"Morgan is a talented mid-distance runner that will have plenty of success in mid-distance events and relays," Ryan said of Lyon. "She has also become a great distance athlete that will add depth to our cross country program and help continue our strong tradition of success."

Saiz competes for Milford High School where she has earned eight combined letters in cross country and track & field. She has been named all-conference each of her four seasons for both cross country and track & field. She also owns four all-conference and four more all-region track & field honors. On the cross country course, Saiz helped Milford to a team state title in 2016 and four straight conference championships.

"Paige is an all-around talented distance runner that will make a difference right away for our cross country group," Ryan noted of Saiz. "She will be strong in the distance events on the track, but also has the speed to succeed in mid-distance events."

NMU finished their cross country campaign earlier this month after a fifth-place finish in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship meet and an 11th-place finish at the NCAA Division II Midwest Region Championships. The track & field season will get underway December 8 when the Wildcats travel to the College of St. Scholastica for the Opener.