HILLSDALE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University women’s outdoor track and field team is currently in third place with 37 points after two days of the 2009 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Grand Valley State leads the women’s team race with 90 points while Ashland is second (55).
Baily Franklin led the Wildcats Thursday with a second-place showing in the heptathlon. She tallied 4,010 points just four points out of first place. Jocelyn Kuksa from Grand Valley State won the event with 4,014 points. Leslie Luehmann was eighth in the heptathlon with 3,773 points. Paris Malin with a height of 10-08.00 placed seventh in the pole vault.
Franklin came back later in the day to leap 17-02.25 in the long jump for sixth place. Teammate Luehmann was seventh in the long jump with a measurement of 17-00.00. Krista Squiers with a throw of 152-00 in the hammer throw, placed seventh with a new school record.
NMU had three of the top four places in the javelin. Angie Leckson (111-01) led the way with a second place, Squiers (111-01) third and Malin (110-05) fourth.
NMU qualified two runners for tomorrow’s 100-meter dash finals. Catherine Angeli and Brittnee Balbierz qualified with times of 12.59 and 12.65 respectively. Angeli also qualified for the finals of the 200 with a new NMU record time of 25.51. Moving onto the finals Friday in the 800 is Bibiane Mahy with a time of 2:20.52. Jenny Wiedmeyer (5:02.24) moved on in the 1,500.
Natalie Bertucci qualified for the finals of the 100 hurdles with a time of 15.36. The final day of the championships will be held Friday (May 1).
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