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Northern Michigan University Wildcats women’s cross country team displays depth at Northwood Invitational

Katelyn Smith

MIDLAND — Four runners from the Northern Michigan University women’s cross country team placed in the top 10 to help the Wildcats finish as a close runner-up at the Northwood Invitational on Saturday.

NMU tied Saginaw Valley State for first place with 32 points, but the Wildcats lost on a tiebreaker that compares the two teams’ runners head to head.

Ashland was third with 82, as the host Timberwolves had 113 and Lake Superior State 122.

Senior Katelyn Smith led Northern in the five-kilometer race in 18 minutes, 22.9 seconds to finish second, less than five seconds behind winner Morgan Fuerst of SVSU, who clocked 18:17.6.

Also from NMU, freshman Madison Malon was fourth in 18:40.8, with junior Ellise Longley sixth in 18:49.0 and senior Hanna Torvi eighth in 19:04.5. SVSU had runners in third, fifth and seventh.

Ellise Longley

The second 10 was dominated by Northern runners. Senior Paige Du Bois was 12th in 19:24.5; sophomore Anna Kelley, 13th in 19:24.7; freshman Meghan Langworthy, 14th in 19:31.1; freshman Paige Saiz, 15th in 19:37.6; sophomore Katrina Salmen, 17th in 19:45.0; and freshman Kimberly Carvious, 18th in 19:50.1.

Nine more runners also competed and finished the race for NMU — freshman Caroline Vegeberg in 21st, freshman Emily Sterling 23rd, sophomore Aubrey Friedrich 36th, senior Victoria Harris of Iron River, 37th, freshman Morgan Lyon 38th, sophomore Chrysanthe Patselas 41st, freshman Katie Cleven 43rd, freshman Delaney Pickett 46th and sophomore Sydney Ormsbee 51st.

The Wildcats run again Friday at the Spartan Invitational at Michigan State University in East Lansing.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is sbrownlee@miningjournal.net.

Hanna Torvi