MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University women’s track and field team had a busy week in preparation for the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Outdoor Track and Field Championships which will be held on Thursday and Friday (May 1-2) at Saginaw Valley State University in University Center, Mich.
Leslie Luehmann competed at the GLIAC heptathlon (April 23-24) which was held at Hillsdale College as part of the Gina Relays. On Saturday (April 26) the NMU team competed at the UW-Oshkosh Invitational. The Wildcats finished in second place with 110 points as the host school won the event with 201 points.
Luehmann won the heptathlon with 4,716 points which is a new GLIAC and NMU record. In the seven events she set two new school records (100-meter hurdles and in the high jump) and had a personal best in the other events. The first day of the event, Luehmann was fifth in the 100 hurdles (15.29), second in the high jump (1.64-meters), second in the shot put (10.98) and second in the 200 (26.22). Luehmann’s point total after the first day was 2,959 points.
The second day started with the long jump as Luehmann tied for second (5.40). She then placed fourth in the javelin (30.04) and fifth in the 800 (2:36.91). Her score at Hillsdale currently ranks her fifth in the nation in NCAA II.
At Oshkosh the ‘Cats had two of the top three finishers in the 100 as Danielle St. Onge (12.69) won the event with teammate Stephanie Boyer third (12.93). Boyer then was second in the 200 (25.95) with Kaylee Laakso third (26.06). Laakso turned around and won the 400 with a time of 60.19. Maegan Hendershot also won an event as she took the 800 (2:24.15). Natalie Bertucci with a time of 15.76 won the 100 hurdles.
In the 3,000 steeplechase, Kyle Richards was third with a time of 13:34.20. Bertucci, St. Onge, Boyer and Callie Boik were members of the winning 4x100 relay (50.47). Bertucci in the high jump was fourth with a leap of 1.56. St. Onge in the long jump had an effort of 5.17 which was good for second place. Angie Leckson with a heave of 11.60 was a sixth-place finisher in the shot put.
NMU had three score points in the javelin as Boik (32.73) was second, Krista Squiers (30.50) fourth and Leckson fifth (30.15).
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