CHARLOTTE, N.C. – A pair of Northern Michigan University Women Track & Field student-athletes competed during the opening day of the NCAA Division II Outdoor Championships Thursday at the Irwin Belk Complex in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Wildcats' day was highlight by senior Kameron Burmeister (Menominee, Michigan) earning All-America honors to end the night.
Burmeister began the 10,000-meter run near the back of the field, finishing the first of 25 laps in 20th-place. From there she began a steady climb to the front, reaching as high as fifth near the 9,000-meter mark. At the end Burmeister crossed the finish line in ninth-place with a time of 35 minutes, 13.42 seconds to secure second-team All-America honors. The finish also improved Burmeister's own school record in the event by more than a second.
The honor for Burmeister was her first outdoor All-America award and the fifth combined award of her career. She has earned a pair of All-America nods during the indoor 5,000-meters to go along with a pair of cross country accolades.
Senior Vivian Hett (Burnsville, Minnesota) was the first Wildcat to compete at the national meet when she took the field in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Hett finished 20th overall with a time of 11:02.29.
The event made Hett the first NMU student-athlete to compete at the cross country national championships, skiing national championships, and track & field national championships in the same here. Hett ends her collegiate career as a two-time Nordic skiing All-American and also made four combined NCAA Championships appearances between cross country and track & field.
Senior Ine Mylle (Zonnebeke, Belgium) will be the lone Wildcat to compete on Friday when she takes part in the triple jump beginning at 4:45 p.m. Burmeister will run again Saturday evening in the 5,000-meters beginning at 6:35 p.m.