MARQUETTE, Mich. –Saturday at the Superior Dome the Northern Michigan University women’s indoor track and field team hosted its lone home meet of the season, the Northern Challenge. The meet was a non-scoring affair consisting of Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference teams Lake Superior State and Northwood, as well as a Division III school St. Norbert College from Wisconsin.
The highlight of the day came from the field events with Bailey Franklin in the high jump and Jamie Roberts in the pole vault each coming away with solid performances. Friday night at Lake Superior State Franklin cleared a height of 5 feet 3 inches and in order to qualify for the 2011 National Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships you need to clear 5 feet, 7 inches. Franklin had automatic qualifiying jump of 5 feet 8.75 inches in the finals this afternoon.
Jamie Roberts cleared 12 feet, 3.25 inches which is good enough for a provisional qualifier. In order to earn an automatic qualifier you must clear 12 feet 9 inches.
NMU controlled the 55-meter dash with Katy Lafayette taking first place with a time of 7.42 while teammate Samara White was second (7.54) and Brittnee Balbierz came in third (7.67). For the third year in a row Catherine Angeli took the 200 dash with a clocking time of 25.96. Colby West took first in the 300 dash (43.66) while Sydney Schultz (1:02.38) and Sara Turschak (1:03.08) took second and third respectively in the 400 dash.
Kristen Mattson took first in the 800 meter run (2:26.96) and Kelsey Noah (5:33.07) finished third in the mile.
The 3,000 meter saw Rita Woitas (11:13.51) come in first after beating her time by 15 seconds from a year ago. Jamie Roberts took second place in the 55 hurdles with a time of 8.84 seconds.
NMU dominated the relay races taking first place in all three races. The 4x200 relay finished with a school record time of 1:45.60, the 4x400 ran a 4:12.09 and NMU’s Distance Medley relay team ran a 13:05.67.
Melissa Christensen took second in the long jump with a leap of 16 feet, 14 inches (4.92m) while teammate Samara White was third, clearing 15 feet, 8 inches (4.8m). Franklin took second in the triple jump with a mark of 37 feet, 6 inches (11.44m) while Mariah Beaman was third at 34 feet, 10 inches (10.62 m).
Four seniors, Brittnee Balbierz, Kristen Schulz, Jessica Krob and Krista Hoklas were honored by NMU head coach Tom Barnes before the meet. Barnes and the team also donated $1,000 to teammate Christina Donnelly who has battled cancer.
NMU will be in action next at the University of Wisconsin Elite Meet on Friday (Jan. 28) in Madison, Wis.
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