March 1, 2008
FINDLAY, Ohio – The Northern Michigan University women’s track and field team finished in seventh place at the 2008 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Indoor Track and Field Championships which were held at the University of Findlay. NMU tallied 37.50 points in the two-day event. The Wildcats were six points out of sixth place as Saginaw Valley State had 43.50 points. Grand Valley State won the women’s side of the championships with 188.50 points.
NMU had 10 points going into Saturday’s events. The ‘Cats were tied with SVSU for sixth place after the first day. “I am very proud of the team,” said head coach Tom Barnes. “They worked hard and we competed each day.”
Kaylee Laakso placed fifth in the 400-meter dash in a new NMU record time of 58.84. Natalie Bertucci was fifth in the 55 hurdles (8.52).
The NMU 4x400 relay of Brittnee Balbierz, Laakso, Jessica Trotochaud and Erin VanEnkevort ran a 4:11.25 which was good for seventh place.
The triple jump saw the ‘Cats pick up 14 points as Danielle St. Onge was second with a jump of 35-07.75 and teammate Leslie Luehmann third (35-06.75). Karin Diebold set a new NMU record in the pole vault (10-01.50) as she just missed scoring points for the ‘Cats. Angie Leckson made the quick change from the NMU women’s basketball team to the track team as she placed seventh in the shot put with a new NMU record throw of 41-01.75.
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