DULUTH, Minn. – The Northern Michigan University women’s outdoor track and field team were in two different directions over the weekend. Three members of the squad participated at the Northwood Mulit’s while the remaining squad members were at the North Country Invitational Track and Field Meet at the University of Minnesota-Duluth.
Bailey Franklin took the heptathlon at Northwood with 4,123 points. Franklin did not win any of the seven events. Teammates Melissa Christensen and Leslie Luehmann were third (3,960) and fourth (3,928) respectively. Luehmann won the long jump (33-09.50) and the shot put (33-09.50) events. Christensen took the 200-meter dash with a time of 26.77 and the 100 hurdles (15.88).
At Duluth the Wildcats finished in second place in the nine team field with 146.50 points as the host school won the event with 255 points.
Catherine Angeli led the ‘Cats in the 100 and 200 races. She was third in the 100 with a time of 13.04 with teammate Brittnee Balbierz (13.16) fifth. Angeli placed third in the 200 (26.16) with Balbierz sixth (26.67).
The 800 saw two ‘Cats finish in the top six. Maegan Hendershot was fifth with a time of 2:21.17 as she was followed by teammate Bibiane Mahy (2:21.89) in the next spot. Jenny Wiedmeyer with a clocking of 4:57.84 led the ‘Cats in the 1,500 with a fourth-place showing less than a second later was Rebecca Holmquist (4:58.30) fifth. Kristen Schulz placed eighth in the event with a time of 5:11.30.
NMU had three of the top eight runners in the 1,500. Wiedmeyer with a time of 4:57.84 was fourth, next was Holmquist (4:58.30) fifth and Schulz (5:11.30) eighth. The 3,000 saw the ‘Cats with two of the top three runners as Michele Bisig was second with a time of 11:16.16 and Wiedmeyer (11:22.16) third. Jess Krob with a clocking of 11:50.21 was sixth.
Natalie Bertucci in the 100 hurdles placed second with a time of 15.62. Schulz (11:46.80) and Michaela Jacobs (12:26.60) were third and seventh respectively in the 3,000 steeplechase.
The NMU relays had top three finishes in both events. The 4x100 of Balbierz, Angeli, Rachael Williams and Bertucci were runners-up with a time of 50.05, just off the winning time of 49.88. With a time of 4:12.74 the 4x400 relay of Williams, Mahy, Erin VanEnkevort and Hendershot placed third.
Bertucci came back in the high jump for a fourth-place showing with a result of 4-11.50. Teammate Erin Astle tied for seventh with a leap of 4-09.50. Paris Malin set a new NMU record in the pole vault by capturing the event with a measurement of 11-01.75. Karin Diebold (10-08.00) was third in the event while Lindsay Balutis (9-02.25) was seventh.
Angie Leckson in the shot put won the event with a throw of 43-02.50 for a new NMU record. Kris Squiers placed fourth in the discus with a 123-08. Squiers with a throw of 145-08 in the hammer was fourth.
In the javelin the ‘Cats had three athletes in the top four. Squiers (118-07) led the way with a second-place showing, followed by Leckson (116-06) and Malin (113-02).
The team is at the Marquette University Twilight Meet Saturday (April 25) as a final tune-up before the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Outdoor Track and Field Championships (April 30-May 1).
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