MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University women’s track and field team capped off the 2010 outdoor season with a fourth-place finish at the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Outdoor Track and Field Championships. NMU registered 70 points at the event.
Bailey Franklin was named the GLIAC Women’s Field Event Athlete of the Year. At the championships she won the triple jump and was third in the heptathlon and high jump. Franklin qualified for the NCAA Division II National Championships in the high jump.
Also making the trip to Charlotte, N.C., to compete in the hammer throw, at the national championships is Krista Squiers. She placed eight at the GLIAC event. Squiers also was second in the javelin.
Also at the GLIAC championships, Maegan Hendershot who was the final qualifier in the 800-meter placed third in the finals. Catherine Angeli placed fourth in the both the 100 and 200 dashes. The 4x100 relay of Alyssa Erspamer, Britnee Balbierz, Angeli and Melissa Christensen placed third.
The Wildcats began the outdoor slate at the Sherman-Lukoski Invite which was held at Ripon College. In the team race the ‘Cats scored 266 points and won 16 of the 26 events. Franklin picked up wins in the 100 hurdles, triple jump and high jump. NMU had the top three runners in the 100 with Angeli, Balbierz and Erspamer. Angela Leckson picked up wins in the javelin and shot put. The 400 hurdles saw Brooke Granquist and Colby West finish one-two.
NMU then competed at the Bulldog Invitational which was held at Ferris State University the second weekend of April. Angeli, Franklin, Leckson and Squiers turned in fine multi-event performances. Angeli was first in the 100 and second in the 200. Franklin was victorious in the high and long jumps and second in the triple jump. In the throws Leckson was third in the shot put and second in the javelin. Teammate Squiers won the javelin and was third in the hammer.
At the Northwood Open which was held in the middle of April, Angeli picked up a win the 100 and was second in the 200. The 4x100 tandem of Erspamer, Balbierz, Christensen and Angeli ran away with the victory. Franklin won the heptathlon and picked up a win in the high jump.
A small group of student-athletes traveled to the Gina Relays which were held at Hillsdale College the end of April. Franklin was sixth in the triple jump and eighth in the high jump. Leckson was sixth and eighth in the shot put and javelin respectively.
NMU competed at the Northwood Invite in its final tune-up before the GLIAC meet the first Saturday in May. Angeli and Balbierz were the first two runners to cross the finish line in the 100. Hendershot in the 800 was second. Granquist picked up a win in the 400 hurdles.
The squad set new school records in the 100 and 200 by Angeli. Kristen Schulz set a new standard in the 3,000 steeplechase. Franklin set a new NMU record in the high jump. Squiers in the first event of the season set a new school record in the hammer. The final record broken during the outdoor season was the 4x100 relay (Erspamer, Balbierz, Christensen and Angeli).
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