MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan women’s track and field team is ranked No. 23 this week by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. The 'Cats are also ranked third in the Midwest Region behind Grand Valley State and Ashland. NMU was the top team at the Lake Superior Challenge and turned in some great performances in their only home meet, the Northern Challenge, last weekend.
NMU has one automatic qualifier and one provisional qualifier going to nationals. Bailey Franklin cleared 5’ 8.75”, a new school record, to qualify for nationals. Jaime Roberts also set a school record in the pole vault, clearing 12’ 3.25”, good for a provisional qualifying jump.
Franklin is ranked fifth nationally in the high jump, eleventh in the triple jump and seventeenth in the pentathlon. Roberts is ranked fifth in the pole vault.
The ‘Cats have set six other school records this season. Catherine Angeli broke the 55m dash mark at the Lake Superior Challenge with a time of 7.35 seconds. Bailey Franklin set a new mark in the 55m hurdles at the Opener hosted by St. Scholastica, running a time of 8.52 seconds.
The other four school records were set in the Superior Dome at the Northern Challenge. Angeli ran a 25.77 in the 200m dash, setting a new time on a 200 meter track. Franklin set the triple jump mark at 39’ 0.25”. Brittnee Balbierz set the 300m record with a time of 42.93. The 4x200m relay team of Angeli, Balbierz, Samara White and Katy Lafayette set the record at 42.93 seconds.
The Wildcats travel to Madison, Wis. to participate in the University of Wisconsin Elite meet.
Notes: NMU was ranked No. 40 in the preseason and climbed 17 spots after the weekend. Three other GLIAC schools are ranked in the Top 25: No. 1 Grand Valley, No. 2 Ashland and No. 12 Hillsdale.
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