UNIVERSITY CENTER, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University women’s track and field team opened up its indoor portion of its schedule Friday at the Saginaw Valley State University Holiday Classic. NMU took seven freshmen on the trip of the 14 student-athletes who were competing. According to head coach Tom Barnes the meet was very competitive.
Two of the freshmen on the trip, Melissa Christensen placed third in the long jump with a leap of 16-7 ¾ while fellow newcomer Bailey Franklin was fourth (16-4 ½). Krista Squiers took the weight throw with a heave of 53-1/2 which is a new NMU record and a NCAA II provisional cut.
Paris Malin set another NMU record in the pole vault with a jump of 10-6 which was good for second place. Karin Diebold placed fourth in the pole vault (10-1/4). Renee Hays in the shot put was third with a throw of 39-3 ½. Natalie Bertucci and Franklin tied for the top spot in the high jump as both had leaps of 5-1 ¾.
In the running events Bertucci (9.28) and Christensen (9.61) were second and fifth respectively in the 60-meter hurdles. Brittnee Balbierz placed second in the 60 dash with a time of 8.23. Erin VanEnkevort was the lone NMU runner in the mile as she placed fourth with a time of 5:56.34.
In the 400 run, the Wildcats had two runners in the top five. Catherine Angeli won the event with a clocking of 59.39 while teammate Rachel Williams was fifth (1:01.61). Rachel Kurkowski placed fifth in the 800 with a time of 2:34.49. Angeli won her second event of the night by taking the 200 with a time of 26.43 with teammate Balbierz third (27.00).
The ‘Cats are not in action again until second semester. The team will compete at the Lake Superior State University Classic on Jan. 17.
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