April 29, 2007

Wildcats Have Final Tune-up

OSHKOSH, Wis. – The Northern Michigan University women’s track and field team had a final tune-up before the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Outdoor Track and Field Championships later this week. The event is being held at Northwood University in Midland, Mich. on Thursday and Friday (May 3-4).
 
This past weekend three student-athletes competed in the heptathlon at the Gina Relays which were held at Hillsdale College. The remaining team members competed at the UW-Oshkosh Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Open in a non-team scoring meet. 
 
At Hillsdale, Leslie Luehmann was sixth in the heptathlon with 3,757 points which is new NMU record. Stephanie Mishica was next with 3,453 points in seventh. Paris Malin finished in ninth place with 3,071 points. By placing sixth and seventh the Wildcats garnered five points for the GLIAC meet.
 
Natalie Bertucci got things rolling for the ‘Cats at Oshkosh with a second-place showing in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 15.36. The time was a new school record. 
 
The 4x100 relay of Callie Boik, Vanessa Anderson, Bertucci and Danielle St. Onge won the event with a time of 51.43. Brittney Coehoorn (12:05.78) was second in the 3,000 steeplechase.
 
Erin VanEnkevort (4:59.70) led the ‘Cats in the 1,500 with a second-place finish. Two other runners were in the top nine as Jennifer Wiedmeyer (5:02.74) was fourth and Kyle Richards (5:06.59) ninth. 
 
Stephanie Ostrenga (60.36) in the 400 was third and teammate Maegan Hendershot (63.09) seventh. The 800 saw the ‘Cats place third and fourth respectively. Bibiane Mahy (2:23.82) was third while Heather Bassett (2:25.40) placed fourth.
 
VanEnkevort (69.72) was the lone ‘Cat to place in the 400 hurdles as she was fifth. NMU had three runners in the top 10 in the 200. St. Onge (26.50) was third, teammate Ostrenga (26.61) was next in fourth place and Boik (27.42) was 10th.
 
Hendershot, Bassett, Mahy and Ostrenga ran a 4:11.09 in the 4x400 relay which was good for third place.
 
Kristin Carnel (35-00.25) and St. Onge (33-11.50) were fourth and fifth respectively in the triple jump. Krista Squiers won the javelin with a throw of 128-04. Carnel (92-01) was 10th in the event. Squiers (133-07) came back to place 10th in the hammer throw.
 
St. Onge with a leap of 17-09.75 set a new school record in the long jump and finished in second place. Karin Diebold in the pole vault set a school record with a measurement of 10-00.50, which was good for eighth place. The high jump saw another new school record as Bertucci placed third with a 5-04.25. Carnel had a 5-02.25 in the high jump as she was fourth.
                                                                            
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