ALLENDALE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University women’s indoor track and field team competed at Grand Valley State over the weekend. The Wildcats ranked 17th in the latest U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Division II Dual Meet Rankings participated in the GVSU Open Friday (Feb. 6) and the Division II Challenge Saturday (Feb. 7). Friday’s event was a non-scoring affair while the ‘Cats placed fifth at the challenge with 30.50 points. GVSU won the event with 192.50 points with Ashland second (129).
Friday at the GVSU Open Catherine Angeli run an 8.12 in the 60-meter dash which was good for fourth place in the event. She also placed fifth in the 200 (26.21). Brittnee Balbierz ran an 8.13 for a fifth-place showing in the 60 dash.
NMU had two runners in the top seven in the 800 as Rebecca Holmquist was sixth with a time of 2:24.31 and teammate Erin VanEnkevort was next (2:24.39). Natalie Bertucci with a time of 9.32 in the 60 hurdles placed second in the event.
The distance medley relay of Kristen Schultz, Rachel Williams, Maegan Hendershot and Bibiane Mahy ran a 12:45.41 for a sixth-place showing.
The field events saw Bailey Franklin leap 5-01.75 in the high jump for fourth. Paris Malin (10-02.00) and Karin Diebold (10-02.00) tied for sixth in the pole vault. Renee Hays with a throw of 37-08.50 placed fourth in the shot put. Krista Squiers (53-09.75) placed second in the weight throw.
The Division II Challenge saw Balbierz run an 8.23 in the finals of the 60 dash as she tied for eighth place. Angeli ran a little bit faster (26.15) than she did Friday night in the 200 to place fourth. Angeli in the 400 ran a 58.89 for a fourth-place showing in the finals while teammate Williams (1:00.51) was eighth.
Hendershot in the 800 ran a 2:18.84 for sixth. Bertucci with a 9.41 in the 60 hurdles was fifth. The 4x400 relay of Williams, VanEnkevort, Schultz and Hendershot placed seventh with a clocking of 4:17.98.
Malin improved her performance in the pole vault from Friday with a vault of 10-03.25 which garnered her seventh place. Squiers in the weight throw was fifth with a heave of 54-05.25.
NMU had two participants in the indoor pentathlon as Franklin was fourth with 2,009 points and Melissa Christensen seventh with 2,791. The 800 run saw Franklin (2:47.01) seventh and Christensen (2:48.08) eighth. Christensen (9.53) was fourth in the 60 hurdles while Franklin (9.84) was sixth. Franklin captured the high jump portion of the pentathlon with a measure of 5-1.25. Christensen (4-7.50) tied for sixth. Franklin (16-7.50) was second in the long jump with Christensen (16-6.50) tied for third. The shot put saw Franklin with a throw of 31-7.25 which was good for third and Christensen (26-10.50) seventh.
The team will be back in action Saturday (Feb. 14) at the St. Scholastica Invitational.
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