ALLENDALE, Mich. – The No. 17-ranked Northern Michigan indoor track and field team competed on Saturday (Feb. 11) at the GVSU Big Meet. Over 50 schools and 1,900 student-athletes competed at the two-day meet.
“We had another great day,” NMU coach Tom Barnes said. “Times are dropping and we’re getting ready for our home meet and the conference championship.”
The NMU pole vault record was broken again as sophomore Jaime Roberts cleared 12-5.50 for the fifth best jump in the nation this season.
Freshman Angelina Howard got a second-place finish in the 60-meter dash. She broke her school record on Friday in the event.
“Angelina had strong performance both days with good times,” Barnes said.
Senior Catherine Angeli finished second in 200-meter dash while redshirt freshman Sherice Hewett finished 13th and Howard 20th.
Senior Bailey Franklin was second in triple jump, clearing 37-foot-6.75.
Junior Mallory Celaya finished fourth in the 3,000 run in 10:30.16 while sophomore Chelsea Farquhar was 15th and junior Rita Woitas was 20th.
The one mile had two Wildcats in the top 15 with sophomore Mandy Dye (11th) and junior Nora Kiilunen (13th) running personal best times. Dye and Kiilunen teamed up with freshman Larissa Halonen and senior Rachael Williams for a 14th-place finish in the distance medley relay.
Three ‘Cats finished in the top 20 of the 60-meter hurdles. Sophomore Katie Searles (11th), Hewett (15th) and senior Melissa Christensen (16th) represented NMU. Christensen was also 15th in the high jump.
Northern hosts its lone home meet in the Superior Dome on Saturday (Feb. 18) before the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championship the following weekend. The Northern Challenge on Saturday (Feb. 18) starts at 11 a.m.
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