DULUTH, Minn. – The Northern Michigan University women’s indoor track and field team had its final tune-up before the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Championships which will be held in two weeks (Feb. 26-27). Saturday the Wildcats were at the Lake Superior Challenge which was held in Duluth, Minn. at the College of St. Scholastica.
NMU took the first two places in the 55-meter dash as Catherine Angeli won the race with a time of 7.45 with teammate Brittnee Balbierz next (7.57). The same two runners went one-two in the 200 as Angeli was first (25.86) and Balbierz second (26.70). The 400 saw Rachael Williams sixth (1:03.09) and Colby West seventh (1:06.81).
Maegan Hendershot was the top finisher in the 800 for the ‘Cats with a third-place showing (2:22.50) with fellow NMU runner, Erin VanEnkenvort, fourth (2:24.12). The mile saw two NMU runners in the top five as Nora Kiilunen was fourth (5:28.89) and Kristen Schulz fifth (5:30.47).
The 5,000 was a strong race for the Wildcats as NMU had the first three finishers. Olivia Juntila won the race with a time of 19:14.26 as she was followed by Rita Woitas (20:08.19) and Brittany Loomis (21:08.65). Bailey Franklin won the 55 hurdles with a time of 8.63 as Stephanie Hahn was seventh (9.75).
NMU’s relay of Angeli, VanEnkevort, Williams and Hendershot won the 4x400 (4:04.31).
The field events saw Kayleigh Coulson (5-01.75) and Bailey Franklin (4-11.75) place second and third respectively in the high jump. Erin Astle was fifth (4-09.75). Karin Diebold with a measurement of 10-05.50 won the pole vault. Jamie Gotshall was fifth in the event (9-11.75). Brooke Granquist also picked up a win in a field event as she captured the long jump (16-06.50). Franklin came back to win the triple jump (36-06.25). Krista Squiers with a throw of 55-07.75 took the weight throw.
Granquist competing in the indoor pentathlon registered 2,872 points for a first in the event.
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