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Brooke Granquist
Brooke Granquist


MIDLAND, Mich. – In a final tune-up before the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Outdoor Track and Field Championships next week the Northern Michigan University women’s outdoor track and field team competed at the Northwood Invite Friday. The GLIAC meet will be held at Ferris State University May 5-7. Friday’s meet was a non-scoring event.
Catherine Angeli and Brittnee Balbierz were the first two runners to cross the finish line in the 100-meter dash. Angeli broke the tape with a time of 12.42 while Balbierz registered a 12.54. Teammate Alyssa Erspamer was fifth in the event (13.04). Becky Rotter was the lone Wildcat in the 400 as she ran a 1:02.34 which was good for fourth place. 
The 800 had three ‘Cats in the top six. Leading the way was Maegan Hendershot in second place (2:21.7)) as she was followed by Rachel Williams third (2:27.03) and Katrina Lamansky sixth (2:34.87). Brittany Loomis ran a 12:13.23 in the 3,000 for a 10th place showing while teammate Sara Cousineau finished with a 13:25.07.
Bailey Franklin (15.27) and Melissa Christensen (16.38) were second and third respectively in the 100 hurdles. In the other hurdle event, the 400 hurdles Brooke Granquist captured the event with a time of 1:11.35. Teammates Colby West (1:15.44) and Erin VanEnkevort (1:16.17) were third and fifth respectively.
NMU won both relay events on the schedule. The 4x100 relay of Erspamer, Balbierz, Christensen and Angeli ran a 48.76. Balbierz, Angeli, Hendershot and VanEnkevort were members of the winning 4x400 relay (4:09.28).
The field events saw Franklin take second in the high jump (5-02.25) with teammate Christensen tied for eighth (4-08.25). Franklin had another second-place showing, this time it was in the long jump with an effort of 17-00.75 and right behind her was Granquist in third (16-11.50). 
Christensen with a leap of 34-04.00 placed second in the triple jump. Mariah Beaman was the lone ‘Cat in the discus as she had a throw of 113-03 for seventh. Krista Squiers (160-06) was second in the hammer throw while Beaman was seventh (104-10).
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