HILLSDALE, Mich. (WLUC) — Northern Michigan University Women's Cross Country finished the 2018 campaign Saturday afternoon at the NCAA Division II Midwest Region Championships hosted by Hillsdale College. The Wildcats turned in an 11th-place finish as a team, falling less than 20 points shy of a top-10 finish in the six-kilometer race.
MCDONALD LEADS THE WAY
Senior Sophie McDonald (Park City, Utah) continued to lead the Wildcats as she has done on three other occasions this season. She crossed the finish line in 22 minutes, 59.90 seconds for a 36th-place finish. McDonald's performance was less than two seconds shy of her season best six-kilometer time.
SCHNEIDER AND TORVI
A pair of Wildcats finished less than three seconds apart with senior Nicole Schneider (Plymouth, Minnesota) crossing the finish line in 48th and junior Hanna Torvi (St. Paul, Minnesota) following in 51st. Schneider was the second-fastest Wildcat runner with a time of 23:19.70. Torvi capped her strong season by finished the Midwest Regional in 23:22.50
The final two scorers for NMU were seniors Abby Fifarek (Buckley, Michigan) and Shayla Manitowabi-Huebner (Marquette, Michigan). Fifarek dropped nearly 40 seconds from her time at the Great Lakes Intercollegaite Athletic Conference Championships to finish in 87th with a time of 24:06.00. Manitowabi-Huebner finished in 110th after recording a time of 24:39.90.
Ellise Longley – 24:40.20 (111st)
Paige Du Bois – 24 :51.60 (120th)
With the cross country season coming to an end, many of the cross country student-athletes will turn their attention to the indoor track & field season. The first meet of the season is set for December 8 when the team will travel to the College of St. Scholastica for the Opener. Mcdonald and Schneider will compete for NMU.