May 5, 2008

Wildcats End Outdoor Season At GLIAC Championships

UNIVERSITY CENTER, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University women’s track and field team concluded the outdoor portion of its schedule at the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Outdoor Track and Field Championships which were held at Saginaw Valley State University. NMU finished in seventh place with 47 points. Grand Valley State took home the women’s GLIAC title with 251 points.
 
Leslie Luehmann who set a GLIAC and NMU record (4716 points) by winning the heptathlon at the Gina Relays at Hillsdale College will participate at the NCAA II Outdoor Track and Field National Championships which will be held in Pomona, Calif. from May 22-24. The event counted for the GLIAC Championships. 
 
Danielle St. Onge took eighth place in the 100-meter dash. She set a new NMU record in the prelims with a 12.52 and then went a 12.70 in the finals. She then took sixth in the 200 with a 26.30 after running a 25.95 in the prelims. Kaylee Laakso set a new NMU record with a 57.51 in the finals of the 400 for a third-place finish.
 
Danielle Stein turned in a time of 40:36.58 in the 10,000 run for a fifth-place finish. Natalie Bertucci ran a 15.08 in the finals of the 100 hurdles for a new NMU record. She placed seventh in the event. Jessica Trotochaud broke her own school record in the 400 hurdles in the prelims by running to a 1:05.28. In the finals, Trotochaud, placed eighth with a time of 1:06.55. 
 
Kyle Richards in the 3,000 steeplechase covered the course in a time of 12:06.93 which placed her eighth in the event. Luehmann jumped to a new NMU record in the triple jump with a leap of 35-06.75 for a fourth-place showing. St. Onge was sixth in the triple jump (34-11.00). Angie Leckson threw 117-10 in the javelin for seventh while teammate Callie Boik was eighth (117-01). Leckson with a throw of 41-0.50 in the shot put was eighth. 
 
The NMU 4x100 relay of St. Onge, Laakso, Brittnee Balbierz and Stephanie Boyer ran a 48.90 which was a new school record for a sixth-place showing. Laakso, Balbierz, Maegan Hendershot and Trotochaud placed fifth with a clocking of 4:03.67 in the 4x400.
 
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