Abby Fifarek
Abby Fifarek
Year: Sr.
Hometown: Buckley, Mich.
High School: Grand Traverse Academy
Position: Distance

2017-18

Cross Country - Placed 22nd in the GLIAC with a 6k of 23:30 and 40th in the Midwest Region with a time of 22:45.6. Fifarek’s best 6k of the year was a 22:41.7 at the NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships.  Finishing 16th overall, Fifarek ran an 18:48.2 (5k) at the UW-Parkside Vic Godfrey Open. Named to the GLIAC All-Academic Excellence Team.

Indoor – Competed four times in the 3,000-meter run including a top performance of 10:29.94 at the GVSU Big Meet. Also competed twice in the mile and 5,000-meter run with top times of 5:22.00 and 18:20.41.  Named to GLIAC All-Academic Excellence Team.

Outdoor – Ran three times in the 5,000-meters with a top performance of 18:09.82 at the GVSU Al Owens Classic. The mark moved Fifarek into seventh all-time in program history. Finished third in the 5,000-meters at the Spartan Invite and eighth at the GLIAC Championships. Named to GLIAC All-Academic Team.

2016-17

Cross Country - Was the top Wildcat finisher at the Chris Yanni Memorial Invitational on Sept. 10, taking fourth with a 5K time of 18:38.70. Placed 31st (24:05.0) at the Roy Griak Invitational. Earned all-GLIAC second team accolades by finishing 19th (22:42.3) at the GLIAC Championship on Oct. 22. Represented Northern Michigan at the NCAA Midwestern Regional (42nd, 21:58.62) on Nov. 5 and the NCAA National Championship (132nd, 22:40.2) on Nov. 19. Named to the GLIAC All-Academic Excellence Team.

Indoor - Earned a victory in the 3,000-meters at the Lake Superior Challange. Finished ninth and 10th at the GLIAC Championships in the 5,000 and 3,000-meters. 

Outdoor - Appeared four times in the 5,000-meters and once in the 3,000-meters. Competed at the GLIAC Championships, placing 13th in the 5,000-meters. 

2015-16

Cross Country - Opened season with an eighth-place finish in the 4K at the U.P. Championships, posting a time of 15:06.6. Placed second in the 5K at the Chris Yanni Memorial Invitational with a time of 19:01.31. Clocked fastest 6K time (23:20.08) at the Conference Crossover Invitational. Represented Northern Michigan at the GLIAC Championship, finishing 58th with a time of 24:03.4.

Indoor - Ran fastest mile (5:24.34) at the Doug Hansen Open and fastest 3,000-meter run (10:36.65) at The Big Meet. Won the 3,000-meter run at the Northern Challenge with a time of 10:55.75. Placed 19th in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 18:45.48 at the GLIAC Championship.

Indoor - Did not compete.

Before NMU: In cross country, qualified for state championship meet all four years of high school. Earned all-state and academic all-state honors twice. Also broke her school's 5K record. In track and field, set school records in the 800-meter run, 1,600-meter run, 3,200-meter run and the 4x800 relay. Also ran for Traverse City Bay Runners, earning All-American honors twice for her performance at the USA Track & Field Junior Olympics.

Personal: Daughter of Tony and Kelley Fifarek. Majoring in marketing. Born on February 6, 1997.