February 17, 2009

Natalie Bertucci Leads Wildcats

Natalie Bertucci
Natalie Bertucci

 

DULUTH, Minn. – The Northern Michigan University women’s indoor track and field team, ranked 11th in this week’s U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Division II Dual Meet Rankings, competed at the non-scoring Lake Superior Challenge Saturday (Feb. 14) at the College of Saint Scholastica. 
Catherine Angeli took the 55-meter dash with a time of 7.50 and then captured the 200 with a clocking of 26.27. Rachael Williams in the 400 dash ran a 1:02.56 which was good for fourth. Three Wildcats were top 10 finishers in the 800 as Bibiane Mahy (2:22.21) was seventh, Maegan Hendershot (2:24.80) ninth and Erin VanEnkenvort (2:26.85) 10th
The mile run saw Jenny Wiedmeyer (5:24.43) in the runner-up spot, while teammates Rebecca Holmquist (5:25.89 third, Kristin Schultz (5:27.82) fifth, Mikala Harris (5:37.71) seventh and Michele Bisig (5:41.86) eighth. Jess Krob ran an 11:38.73 in the 3,000 which was good for 10th.
Erin McCulloch (19:39.72), Kristin Hoklas (20:20.77) and Amanda DeConno (20:53.76) were fourth, sixth and seventh respectively in the 5,000. 
NMU runners went one-two in the 55 hurdles as Natalie Bertucci broke the tape first with a time of 8.61 while teammate Melissa Christensen (8.88) was next. Bailey Franklin also running in the hurdles placed fourth with a time of 8.93. 
The NMU 4x400 relay of Williams, VanEnkevort, Hendershot and Angeli won the event with a time of 4:05.89. 
The high jump saw Franklin finish second with a leap of 5-00.50 as Bertucci was fifth (4-10.50). Paris Malin won the pole vault with a 10-02.00 with teammate Karin Diebold (9-08.00) second. Ashley Felicelli (8-02.50) in the pole vault placed seventh.   The ‘Cats also went one-two in the long jump with Christensen (16-10.75) talking the event with Franklin (16-09.25) second. Franklin came back to win the triple jump with a measure of 34-10.50. Renee Hays in the shot put with a heave of 39-03.25 placed fourth. Krista Squiers in a new NMU record throw of 57-00.00 won the weight throw. 
The ‘Cats will not compete again until the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Indoor Track and Field Championships which will be held at Saginaw Valley State Feb. 27-28.
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