MARQUETTE, Mich. – The No. 16-ranked Northern Michigan indoor track and field team had a record setting day at its only home meet, the Northern Challenge, from the Superior Dome on Saturday (Feb. 18).
“Our performance today was just what we hoped,” NMU coach Tom Barnes said. “We got great performances and great times.”
The Wildcats had nine first-places finishes for the day, some of which were record setting. In the 5,000-meter run, sophomore Chelsea Farquhar took first with a time of 18:58.60 while sophomore Mandy Dye won the mile (5:14.84) and senior Rachael Williams the 800-meter run (2:23.79). Senior Bailey Franklin jumped 5 feet 8 inches in the high jump for first-place.
Redshirt freshman Sherice Hewett took the 55 hurdles and set school record of 8.45 seconds in the preliminary heat. Freshman Angelina Howard had a time of 7.17 seconds in the 55 dash, good for first-place and the new school record. Senior Catherine Angeli broke her old record in the 200-meter dash with a time of 25.16, shaving one tenth of a second off the old record. Howard also had two second-place finishes in the 200-meter dash
Sophomore Jaime Roberts once again set the record in the pole vault with a jump of 12 feet 8 inches. This is the third time this season the sophomore has broken the record. Entering this week of completion, Roberts was ranked number one in the pole vault in the nation.
The ‘Cats took the top three spots in the 5,000-meter run. Junior Rita Woitas came in second-place with junior Brittany Loomis in third. Freshman Larissa Halonen finished second in the one-mile with junior Nora Kiilunen in third and junior Kristina Donley in fifth.
Sophomore Katie Searles finished second in the 55 hurdles, while junior Brooke Granquist came in third. The 4 x 400 relay team of sophomore Katie Granquist, Donley, Williams and sophomore Alicia Romano took second place with a time of 4:17.09.
In the 3000-meter Junior Mallory Celaya had a time of 10:35.76, her best time of the season. Freshman Olivia Howard was second in the race and freshman Emily Allen, fourth.
Junior Colby West finished fourth in the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:00.45, sophomore Sydney Schultz finished in seventh.
“We’re all set going into the conference," added Barnes. "We’re right where we want to be, and everything looks good for us.”
The Wildcats head to Findlay, Ohio for the 2012 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships next weekend (Feb. 24-25).
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