SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University indoor track and field team traveled across the U.P. and was victorious in the Lake Superior Team Challenge in Sault Ste. Marie.
The Wildcats finished first with a team score of 42 in the triangle meet against Northwood (31) and Lake Superior State (29). Each team was limited to two athletes in each event except for the 1,600 m run where three from each team entered. NMU took first-place in six of the 10 events the ‘Cats competed in.
Brittnee Balbierz was the top finisher in the 300 m dash with a new school record time of 42.93. Melissa Christensen (8.93) and Jamie Roberts (8.95) finished one and two in the 55 m hurdles. Catherine Angeli set a school record in the 55m dash finishing first with a time of 7.35 seconds.
Brittany Loomis and Sara Cousineau led the way in the 3,000 m run. Kristina Mattson (1:43.45) and Katrina Lamansky (1:45.60) finished tops in the 600 m run. The ‘Cats had three runners finish at the top in the 1,600 m run led by Kristen Schultz (5:24.24). Nora Kiilunen (5:24.78) was second and Mandy Dye (5:25.00) was third.
Bailey Franklin finished first in the high jump, clearing 5 feet 5.75 inches.
The ‘Cats are back in action on Saturday (Jan. 21). NMU hosts the Northern Challenge at the Superior Dome at 11 a.m. Admission is free. It is Senior Day and the team will present money to an individual close to the team who has battled cancer.
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