UNIVERSITY CENTER, Mich. – The Northern Michigan track and field team had its best finish in school history at the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship over the weekend. The Wildcats finished third, scoring 64 points. Grand Valley State and Ashland finished ahead of the Wildcats in the final meet before nationals.
Bailey Franklin was the top finisher on the weekend as she won the triple jump, setting a new GLIAC championship meet and school record. She had a jump of 39-3.25. Franklin won the high jump, clearing 5-6.5. She also picked up two points in the long jump when she finished seventh, clearing 17-4.75. She was also eighth in the 60m hurdles.
Catherine Angeli broke her 200m school record and set it at 25.5 seconds as she finished second. Her new time qualified her as a provisional for nationals. She also broke her school record in the 60m dash, finishing third with a time of 7.85 seconds.
Jaime Roberts had a jump of 12-3.5 in the pole vault, good for third and good for a provisional qualifying.
Brooke Granquist and Melissa Christensen led the charge on Friday as they finished fourth and fifth in the pentathlon. Granquist was fifth in the triple jump while Delaney Lovett was seventh.
Samara White was ninth in the 60m. Brittnee Balbierz finished eighth in the 200m dash.
NMU’s distance medley relay team finished seventh. The 4x400 relay team finished fifth and set a school record with a time of 4:02.13.
The NCAA indoor championships take place on March 11 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
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