April 2, 2007

NMU Track Team Takes Invitational

Krista Squiers
Krista Squiers
RIPON, Wis. – The Northern Michigan University women’s track and field team competed at the Sherman-Lukoski Invitational which was held at Ripon College on Saturday. The event was the Wildcats first competition of the spring. In the team race the ‘Cats tallied 238 points to take the team title over Carroll (138). A total of eight teams were at the event.
 
Danielle St. Onge ran a 13.03 in the 100-meter dash which was good for a second-place finish in the event. Callie Boik (13.39) and Vanessa Anderson (13.68) were fourth and eighth respectively in the event. NMU had three of the top five spots in the 200 as Stephanie Boyer won the event with a clocking of 26.20. St. Onge (27.01) was third and Boik (27.59) fifth. Boyer then came back to take the 400 with a time of 59.81.
 
In the 800 the ‘Cats had four runners in the top 10. Stephanie Ostrenga led the way with a third-place showing in the event with a time of 2:22.96 with teammate Heather Bassett next with a 2:23.17. Melissa Schultz (2:30.91) in sixth and Maegan Hendershot (2:35.92) ninth were the final two ‘Cats in the top 10.
 
The 1,500 saw the ‘Cats score some big team points. NMU had three of the top six places in the event. Brooke Rediger was the top ‘Cat in the event with a time of 5:02.45, which was good for second. Erin VanEnkevort (5:08.23) and Jennifer Wiedmeyer (5:11.63) were fourth and sixth respectively.
 
Danielle Stein was the only ‘Cat runner in the top eight in the 5,000. She placed third with a time of 19:18.92. Tasha Kettula was the only NMU runner in the 10,000 as she was third (47:24.41).
 
In the 100 hurdles the ‘Cats had the top two finishers. Leslie Luehmann (16.77) won the event with teammate Natalie Bertucci (16.98) next. Three ‘Cats then scored points in the 400 hurdles. VanEnkevort (70.62) won the event as she was followed by Luehmann (74.19) in third and Bertucci (75.03) fifth.   Brittney Coehoorn ran a 12:44.77 in the 3,000 steeplechase which was good for second place.     
 
Both relays won their events. The 4x100 relay of Bertucci, Boyer, Boik and St. Onge ran a 50.46. In the 4x400 event the relay of Hendershot, Rediger, Ostrenga and Schultz ran a 4:18.72.
 
The field events saw Kristin Carnel (5-02.25) capture the high jump with fellow ‘Cats, Bertucci (5-00.25) fourth and Stephanie Mishica (4-06.25) seventh. Paris Malin was the top placing ‘Cat in the pole vault as she had a height of 9-06.25 which was good for a tie for third place. Karin Diebold (8-06.25) was fifth in the event. Luehmann with a leap of 15-04.25 was third in the long jump. In Carnel’s next event which was the triple jump she placed second (33-04.75). Krista Squiers was the lone ‘Cat scoring points for the team in the shot put as she was fifth (36-00.75). Squiers won the discus with a throw of 122-11.  She also competed in the hammer throw and placed fifth (114-09).
 
NMU had five athletes in the top eight in the javelin. Malin (95-06) won the event. She was followed by Carnel (80-10) in third place, Boik (76-06) fourth, Amber Miller (76-00) fifth and Michica (62-03) seventh.
 
The ‘Cats will have the Easter Weekend off and compete next at the Saginaw Valley State University Invitational on April 14.
 
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