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Senior Katelyn Smith leads Northern Michigan University cross country at NCAA Midwest Regional

EVANSVILLE, Ind. — Senior Katelyn Smith earned all-region cross country honors as the Northern Michigan University women finished 11th among 32 teams at the NCAA Midwest Regional on Saturday.

Hosted by Southern Indiana University, the Wildcats scored 286 points, finishing ahead of seven other GLIAC schools.

GLIAC member Grand Valley State won the meet with 40 points, with Michigan Tech second with 146. Former GLIAC teams Walsh and Hillsdale were third and fourth, respectively, with 155 and 156. Also from the GLIAC, Wayne State was seventh with 215 and Saginaw Valley State eighth with 225.

Following the Wildcats from the GLIAC, Ferris State was 13th with 356 and Wisconsin-Parkside 14th with 377. Ashland was 24th, Northwood 25th, Purdue Northwest 26th, Davenport 28th and Lake Superior State 29th.

Smith finished 19th on the six-kilometer course in 21 minutes, 38.0 seconds, her best time of the season and her second all-region honor in her collegiate career.

Westwood graduate and Ferris senior Kathryn Etelamaki was 11th in 21:18.8, missing the top 10 by less than a second. GVSU’s Allie Ludge won in 20:34.7.

In the field of 222 runners, three other Wildcats also cracked the top 75 with season bests — senior Hanna Torvi was 47th in 22:17.3, freshman Madison Malon 62nd in 22:35.5 and freshman Paige Saiz 75th in 22:35.5.

Two more season bests were turned in by NMU freshman Meghan Langworthy, 23:04.1 for 90th, and sophomore Anna Kelley, 23:11.4 for 98th.

In addition, senior Paige Du Bois was 124th in 23:46.5, missing her season best by a tenth of a second.