Wildcats’ depth a winning formula at Northwood

Northern Michigan University’s women’s cross country team dominated at the Northwood Invitational this past weekend. Back row from the left: Elizabeth Williams, Madison Malon, Chrysanthe Patselas, Morgan Lyon, Aubrey Friedrich, Elise Longley, Anna Kelley, and Taylor Conner. Front row: Meghan Langworthy, Ithaca Bergholtz, Skylar Grubb and Talon Prusi. (NMU photo)

By Journal Sports Staff

MIDLAND — Despite not winning the individual title, the Northern Michigan University women’s cross country team dominated at the Northwood Invitational held Saturday in Midland.

The Wildcats scored 21 points, far ahead of runner-up Ashland’s 58 and the third-place host Timberwolves’ 59. Alma was fourth with 104, while Mott Community College had 133 and Oakland Community College 169.

Ashland’s Abby Moser won the individual five-kilometer (3.1-mile) race in 18 minutes, 50.5 seconds, just over two seconds ahead of NMU junior Madison Malon, who clocked 18:52.9.

Northern also filled in the next three positions along with two more spots in the top 10.

In third place was Wildcats senior Elise Longley in 19:01.4, in fourth was senior teammate Chrysanthe Patselas in 19:13.8 and in fifth was sophomore and Negaunee High School graduate Talon Prusi in 19:15.6.

The Wildcats had eight other runners at the meet, and all of them finished in the top 21 among 52 finishers. In seventh was junior Meghan Langworthy in 19:23.6 and in 10th was senior Anna Kelley in 19:56.3.

Junior Ithaca Bergholtz was 11th in 20:09.3, senior Aubrey Friedrich 13th in 20:18.0, freshman Skylar Grubb 18th in 20:55.7, freshman and Westwood High School graduate Elizabeth Williams 19th in 21:03.7, junior Morgan Lyon 20th in 21:03.7 and sophomore Taylor Conner 21st in 21:07.0.

The Wildcats are back on the course Saturday at the Lucien Rosa Invitational in Kenosha, Wisconsin, which is hosted by Wisconsin-Parkside.

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


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