OSHKOSH, Wis. – The Northern Michigan University women’s outdoor track and field team competed as a team for the first time this spring. Saturday the Wildcats were at the UW-Oshkosh Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Invitational. NMU tallied 117.5 team points to finish fourth while UW-Eau Claire won the women’s side of the event with 183.5 points. The team also set three new NMU records during the competition as they all were set in the field events. According to NMU head coach Tom Barnes it was a good meet for the ‘Cats. “What a great start to the outdoor season,” said Barnes. “I was very happy with everyone’s performance. We picked up where we left off from the indoor season.”
Catherine Angeli and Brittnee Balbierz went second and third in the 100-meter dash with times of 12.65 and 12.66 respectively. Balbierz (26.79) came back with a sixth-place showing in the 200.
Three ‘Cats scored points in the 800 as Maegan Hendershot (2:23.90) was sixth, Erin VanEnkevort (2:25.09) seventh and Bibiane Mahy (2:25.29) eighth. Jennifer Wiedmeyer with a time of 4:56.76 placed sixth in the 1,500.
Three ‘Cats were in the top eight in the 100 hurdles as Natalie Bertucci was the top finisher with a third-place showing with a time of 16.00. Leslie Luehmann (16.46) and Melissa Christensen (16.50) were sixth and seventh respectively. Bertucci (1:10.63) picked up team points in the 400 hurdles by placing sixth.
Kristen Schulz picked up a win for the ‘Cats as she captured the 3,000 steeplechase with a time of 11:56.72. Erin McCulloch (12:29.47) was eighth in the event.
Both relays scored points as the 4x100 relay was fifth while the 4x400 relay placed sixth. Members of the 4x100 team were Balbierz, Bertucci, Luehmann and Angeli as they ran a 50.96. The 4x400 relay of Rachael Williams, Mahy, VanEnkevort and Hendershot had a clocking of 4:11.60.
Bailey Franklin tied for fourth in the high jump with a measurement of 4-11.75. Also placing in the high jump were Luehmann (4-11.75) in seventh and Bertucci (4-09.75) tied for eighth. Paris Malin set a new NMU mark in the pole vault by placing fourth by clearing 10-11.75. Karin Diebold (10-00.00) was seventh in the pole vault.
The long jump saw NMU with three of the top four places. Luehmann (17-05.25) was second, next was Christensen (17-04.25) third and Franklin (16-08.75) fourth. Christensen (34-05.50) and Franklin (34-01.25) were sixth and seventh respectively in the triple jump. The shot put saw another NMU record fall as Angie Leckson with a throw of 42-02.25 was fourth. Krista Squiers set the third NMU record of the day in the hammer throw with a 147-00 effort which was good for eighth.
The javelin had three had three ‘Cats in the top seven. Leckson (123-11) was second as she was followed by Malin (116-06) fifth and Squiers (115-09) seventh.
The team will be in action next the week of April 15. Some of the NMU student-athletes will compete at the Northwood Multi Events (April 16-17) and then the team will also compete at the Bulldog Open (April 18) at UM-Duluth.
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