STEVENS POINT, Wis. – The No. 21 Northern Michigan indoor track and field team finished tied for second on Saturday (Feb. 4) at the Pointer Invitational on the campus of the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point. The Wildcats broke five school records, had one automatic qualifier and four provisional qualifying marks on the day.
The ‘Cats and UW-Eau Claire each finished with 100 points as 13 teams from Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin competed.
Freshman Angelina Howard won the 60-meter dash with a new school record time of 7.75 seconds for a provisional qualifying mark.
Senior Catherine Angeli finished first in the 200 with a school record time of 25.26 seconds and a provisional qualifying time. Howard finished seventh.
NMU’s multi-athletes placed four in the top seven as senior Bailey Franklin won the event with a school record 3,339 points and a provisional qualifying mark. She also cleared 5-9.25 in the high jump portion of the pentathlon to break her old school record and qualify for NCAA Nationals. Junior Brooke Granquist (3rd), senior Melissa Christensen (4th) and sophomore Katie Searles (7th) also had a great afternoon in the event.
Redshirt freshman Sherice Hewitt won the triple jump and was third in the 60 hurdles. Her time of 9.11 seconds in the 60 hurdles was a new school record.
Sophomore Jaime Roberts won the pole vault, clearing 12-00.75 and qualifying provisionally for Nationals. Franklin finished third in the triple jump and junior Delaney Lovett placed seventh. Sophomore Samara White was seventh in the long jump.
NMU dominated the mile with freshman Larissa Halonen (2nd), junior Nora Kiilunen (3rd) and sophomore Mandy Dye (5th) finishing in the top five. Senior Rachael Williams was third in the 800 with teammate sophomore Kristina Mattson in eighth. Junior Mallory Celaya finished third in the 3,000. Sophomore Chelsea Farquhar and junior Rita Woitas placed seventh and eighth in the 5,000.
The 4x400 relay squad finished second as Hewitt, West, Christensen and Angeli sprinted. Junior Colby West finished 10th in the 400.
Northern heads downstate next weekend to compete in the GVSU Big Meet on the campus of Grand Valley State University.
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