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MARQUETTE, Mich. –The Northern Michigan University women’s indoor track and field squad’s 2009-10 season came to a close after competing in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Indoor Track and Field Championships.
The Wildcats began the season competing at the St. Scholastica Mini-Meet in Duluth, Minn. NMU’s Becky Rotter had a second-place showing in the 300-meter dash (43.69) in her first meet with the ‘Cats. The 55 dash saw the Wildcats finish one-two-three as Catherine Angeli won the event (7.55), Brittnee Balbierz placed second (7.57) while teammate Alyssa Erspamer came in third (7.71). The 4x400 relay with a time of 4:17.64 placed second as members of the relay were Bailey Franklin, Brooke Granquist, Maegan Hendershot and Erin VanEnkevort.  Erspmer, Balbierz, Melissa Christensen and Angeli helped the ‘Cats capture the 4x200 relay with a time of 1:51.92.
NMU competed at the Lake State Classic in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. where Balbierz and Angeli made a strong finish in the 55 dash finishing in first and second place respectively (7.59 and 7.64). The Wildcats continued its dominance in top spots as VanEnkevort came in second (2:23.63) and Hendershot third (2:25.16) in the 800. The field events saw Kayleigh Coulson finished the high jump with a tie in first place with a measurement of 1.60-meters while teammate, Franklin placed third (1.57m).
In its only home meet of the season, the Northern Challenge, the ‘Cats saw some successful finishes. With a time of 7.53, Balbierz won the 55 dash while Erspamer placed fourth (7.78).The one mile relay saw Kristen Schulz and Nora Kiilunen take the top two spots while in the 800, Hendershot (2:19.65) and VanEnkevort (2:22.81) placed first and second respectively. In the field events, Franklin took second place in the high jump leaping (1.63m) while Coulson placed third (1.57m). Karin Diebold won the pole vault (3.05m) as Franklin won the long jump (5.18m).
The Pointer Invitational witnessed some new school records.  In the 4x200 relay, Balbierz, Erspamer, Rotter and Angeli ran to a second place showing and a new school record time of 1:46.75. Franklin also put her name in the record book as she took the triple jump (11.27m). In the distance medley, the Wildcats took the event as Kiilunen, Hendershot, VanEnkevort and Schulz ran for a time of 13:05.66. With 3,136 points, Franklin took the indoor pentathlon.
At the Lake Superior Challenge, the Wildcats had Angeli (7.45) and Balbierz (7.57) take the first two places in the 55 dash. The two runners continued the one-two finish in the 200 as Angeli finished in first (25.86) followed by Balbierz (26.70). The ‘Cats also had a strong showing in the 5,000 as Olivia Juntila came out on top with a time of 19:14.26 while Rita Woitas (20:08.19) and Brittany Loomis (21:08.65) came in second and third respectively. The 55 hurdles won by NMU’s Franklin with a time of 8.63. Angeli, VanEnkevort, Rachael Williams and Hendershot captured the 4x400 with a time of 4:04.31. Coulson (5-01.75) and Franklin (4-11.75) finished second and third in the high jump as Diebold pulled another victory for NMU in the pole vault with a measurement of 10-05.50. The field events also witnessed Granquist picking up a pair of wins in the long jump (16-06.50) and in the indoor pentathlon (2,872 points).   Franklin won the triple jump (36-06.25) and Krista Squiers captured the weight throw (55-07.75).
NMU concluded the season as they competed at the GLIAC Indoor Track and Field Championships. The Wildcats would finish in fourth place in the meet with 41.50 points. The meet saw some strong and record breaking finishes. Franklin took the triple jump title with a leap of 36-11.00 while Angeli set a new school record in the 60 dash prelims with a time of 7.92. Angeli also set a record in the 200 prelims with a time of 25.51. In addition to Angeli’s new records, Hendershot placed her name in the history books as she ran a 2:15.75 in the 200 good for sixth place. Angeli, Williams, VanEnkevort and Hendershot set another NMU record in the 4x400 relay as they ran a 4:01.46.
Squiers represented NMU in weight throw at the NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships as she threw a 55-1 good for 11th place.  
Story by Stanley Jefferson


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David Faiella
Sports Information Director