HILLSDALE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University women’s outdoor track and field team capped off the season with a fourth-place finish at the 2009 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Outdoor Track and Field Championships. The fourth-place finish was the Wildcats highest finish in the history of the program. NMU scored 79 points over the course of the three days while Grand Valley State won the women’s team title with 267 points. Ashland was second with 133 points as Hillsdale (102) was third.
Friday, Bailey Franklin capped off an impressive freshman campaign by capturing the triple jump with a new school record leap of 37-03.00. Teammate Leslie Luehmann was third in the event with a 36-00.00.
Catherine Angeli placed in two events on the final day of the competition. She was sixth in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.61 then came back and placed seventh in the 200 (26.09). Brittnee Balbierz also ran in the 100 and placed eighth with a 12.74.
Bibiane Mahy with a time of 2:21.38 in the 800 placed eighth in the event. Natalie Bertucci placed fifth in the 100 hurdles with a clocking of 15.19.
In the relays the 4x100 relay of Balbierz, Luehmann, Angeli and Bertucci placed fifth as they crossed the finish line with a 49.41. The other relay at the championships the 4x400 placed fourth as Rachael Williams, Erin VanEnkevort, Mahy and Maegan Hendershot ran a 4:06.26.
Bertucci (5-01.25) and Luehmann (4-11.50) scored points for the Wildcats in the high jump as they were seventh and eighth respectively. Angie Leckson rewrote the NMU record book with a throw of 43-10.00 in the shot put to place sixth.
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