January 28, 2008

'Cats Turn In Impressive Times In First Meet

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University women’s indoor track and field team competed for the first time as a complete team at the Lake Superior State University Classic on Saturday (Jan. 26). The meet was a non-scoring affair.
 
Leslie Luehmann tied a school record in the high jump with a leap of 5-4 to capture the event. Teammate Natalie Bertucci tied for second place (5-2). Krista Squiers won the weight throw with an effort of 43-7.25. Callie Boik had a throw of 33-0 in the shot put to finish in third place. Luehmann was fourth in the event with a heave of 32-2.
 
In the mile run the Wildcats had three runners in the top seven. Kristen Schultz was the top ‘Cat in second place with a time of 5:30.74. Jennifer Wiedmeyer was fifth (5:38.90) as she was followed by Michaela Harris in seventh (5:41.19). 
 
Bertucci (8.59) and Luehmann (8.66) went one-two in the 55-meter hurdles. Both runners were under the old NMU record time in the event.   
 
NMU had the top five finishers in the 800 run. Erin VanEnkevort won the event with a clocking of 2:28.53. Next in the order were Maegan Hendershot (2:28.65), Bibiane Mahy (2:28.85), Kaylee Laakso (2:31.46) and Nicole Bougher (2:32.09). 
 
Stephanie Boyer led the charge for the ‘Cats in the 200 with a first-place showing (26.42). NMU had the next five runners. Brittnee Balbiertz was the second runner to cross the finish line (26.72). Others were Luehmann (27.00), Jessica Trotochaud (27.18), Bertucci (27.38) and Danielle St. Onge (27.57).
 
Michele Bisig placed third in the 3,000 with a time of 11:11.52. Danielle Stein was the next ‘Cat to cross the finish line in fifth (11:15.83) as Brittney Coehoorn was sixth (11:17.29). 
 
The NMU relay of Balbierz, Laakso, Trotochaud and Boyer won the 4x400 event with a time of 4:06.40. NMU had the top four finishers in the 55 sprint. St. Onge was first with a clocking of 7.56 as she was followed by Balbierz (7.61) and Boyer (7.62) and Trotochaud (7.71).
 
The ‘Cats are back on the track this weekend (Feb. 1-2) at the NCAA II Challenge which will be held at Saginaw Valley State University.
 
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Prepared By
David Faiella
Sports Information Director
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