March 2, 2009
UNIVERSITY CENTER, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University women’s indoor track and field team competed at the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Indoor Track and Field Championships over the weekend at Saginaw Valley State University. NMU finished in fifth place with 47.5 points as the Lakers of Grand Valley State University won the women’s title with 205 points.
Bailey Franklin led the Wildcats by capturing the triple jump with a new school record leap of 36-05.00. In the pentathlon Franklin placed third with 3173 points, which was also a new NMU record. Franklin also participated in the high jump and the long jump.
Catherine Angeli with a time of 26.42 placed sixth in the 200-meter dash. She came back to run the 400 as Angeli was seventh in the event with a final time of 1:00.31. Natalie Bertucci ran a 9.23 in the 60 hurdles which was good for sixth.
In the relays the ‘Cats were sixth in both the 4x400 and in the distance medley relays. Members of the 4x400 relay were Brittnee Balbierz, Maegan Hendershot, Rachel Williams and Angeli as the group ran a 4:06.85. The distance medley relay of Bibiane Mahy, Williams, Hendershot and Jenny Wiedmeyer ran a 12:33.19.
The field events saw Franklin leap a 5-03.25 in the high jump which tied her for sixth. Karin Diebold scored points for the ‘Cats in the pole vault with a measurement of 10-06.00 for an eighth-place showing. NMU had two student-athletes place in the long jump as Melissa Christensen (17-06.25) was sixth and Franklin (16-11.50) eighth. Krista Squiers with a heave of 55-03.00 placed fifth in the weight throw. Squiers will compete at the NCAA II Indoor Track and Field Championships later in March.
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