MIDLAND, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University women’s outdoor track and field team competed at the Northwood Open which wrapped up Saturday. Also included in the event was the heptathlon. No team score was kept.
Catherine Angeli ran a 12.81 in the 100-meter dash to win. Teammate Britnee Balbierz was third in the event (12.86). The 200 saw Angeli second (25.92) and Balbierz fifth (26.86) respectively. Rachel Williams was the lone Wildcat in the 400 as she ran a 1:05.06 for fifth place. Maegan Hendershot turned in a time of 2:23.09 in the 800 which was good for fourth place.
The distance races saw Nora Kiilunen eighth in the 1,500 (5:06.89), Kirsten Hoklas sixth in the 3,000 (11:48.04) and Rita Woitas fourth in the 5,000 (19:26.05).
Melissa Christensen ran a 16.01 in the 100 hurdles for a sixth-place showing. The 400 hurdles had three ‘Cats in the top eight with Brooke Granquist fourth (1:08.41), Erin VanEnkevort seventh (1:11.78) and Colby West eighth (1:12.60). Kristen Schulz picked up a win in the 3,000 steeplechase with a time of 11:37.64.
The NMU 4x100 relay of Alyssa Erspamer, Balbierz, Christensen and Angeli won with a final time of 49.34. In the other relay event of the day, the 4x400, NMU ran two relays in the event. The “A” relay of Balbierz, Hendershot, Angeli and VanEnkevort placed second with a time of 4:07.73. The “B” relay of Erspamer, Williams, Granquist and West placed sixth (4:26.39).
The field events saw Bailey Franklin with a measurement of 1.76-meters in the high jump to win the event with teammate Granquist fifth (1.63m). Karin Diebold (3.20m) and Lindsay Balutis (2.80m) were fourth and fifth respectively in the pole vault. Granquist came back in the long jump with a 5.03m for a third-place showing with teammate Christensen fifth (4.87m).
Franklin placed second in the triple jump with a 11.07m result as teammate Christensen was fifth (9.64m). Angela Leckson placed second in the shot put with a throw of 12.16m. Krista Squiers was fifth in the discus (36.09m) and second in the hammer throw (48.89m). The javelin saw the ‘Cats with three student-athletes in the top six. Leading the way was Squiers in first place (33.37m), Leckson fourth (32.07m) and Mariah Beaman sixth (31.10m).
Franklin won the heptathlon with 4,406 points. Christensen with 3,619 points placed second in the heptathlon.
The ‘Cats will have a final tune-up before the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Outdoor Track and Field Championships (May 5-7) next week. NMU will compete at the Gina Relays, April 24, at Hillsdale College.
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