OSHKOSH, Wis. – The Northern Michigan University women’s track and field team competed at the UW-Oshkosh Women’s Indoor Track & Field Invitational on Saturday. The Wildcats were second in the team competition with 154 points as the host school won the event with 255.66 points.
Danielle St. Onge won the 55-meter dash in a clocking of 7.54. Stephanie Boyer (26.44) and Kaylee Laakso (26.86) ran in the 200 dash and placed second and third respectively.
In the mile run, NMU had five of the top eight finishers. Brooke Rediger (5:12.89) placed second as the top placing ‘Cats. She was followed by Bibiane Mahy (5:24.72) in fifth, Stephanie Mishica (5:25.44) sixth, Kyle Richards (5:32.92) seventh and Jenny Wiedmeyer (5:34.93) eighth.
Boyer then came back a couple of events later to take the 400 in a time of 59.58. Teammate Melissa Shultz (1:02.91) was third in the 400.
Once again in the 800 the ‘Cats had five runners score points. Stephanie Ostrenga led the way with a third-place finish with a time of 2:20.47. Erin VanEnkevort (2:23.33) was fifth, Rediger (2:24.78) sixth, Maegan Hendershot (2:25.37) seventh and Michaela Harris (2:28.10) eighth.
Brittney Coehoorn turned in a time of 19:12.80 in the 5,000 which was good for third place. Danielle deJong (22:53.93) in the same event was sixth. Natalie Bertucci (8.99) and Leslie Luehmann (9.07) running in the 55 hurdles placed second and third respectively.
The 4x200 relay of Vanessa Anderson, Bertucci, Shultz and Callie Boik placed fifth with a clocking of 1:53.24. In the other relay of the day, the 4x400, the ‘Cats placed second (4:09.45). Running on the relay were Hendershot, Mahy, Ostrenga and VanEnkevort.
In the field events the ‘Cats took the top two palaces in the high jump. Kristin Carnel set a new school record with a leap of 5-02.50. Bertucci (5-00.50) was second in the event. Karin Diebold placed fifth in the pole vault and set a new NMU standard as she cleared the bar with a 10-00.00. Paris Malin (9-06.25) placed eighth in the pole vault. The ‘Cats had two athletes scoring points in the long jump as St. Onge (16-07.75) was second
and Luehmann (15-07.75) seventh.
St. Onge (33-07.25), Luehmann (33-07.25) and Carnel (32-06.25) were fourth, fifth and seventh respectively in the triple jump. Krista Squires with a throw of 36-10.50 was seventh in the shot put. The throw was a new NMU record. Squires also placed eighth in the weight throw (42-10.25).
NMU will host the Northern Challenge on Saturday, Feb. 10. Action gets underway at 11 a.m.
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