FINDLAY, Ohio – The No. 15-ranked Northern Michigan indoor track and field team finished the first day at the 2012 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championship in sixth-place on Friday (Feb. 24). The Wildcats tallied 15 team points and broke two school records at the Malcolm Athletic Center on the campus of Findlay University.
“We did pretty well on the first day,” NMU coach Tom Barnes said. “I expected us to be around sixth heading into Saturday.”
Junior Mallory Celaya broke the school record and finished eighth in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 18:19.35.
Redshirt freshman Sherice Hewett broke the school record and was one spot out of qualifying for the championship heat in the 60-meter hurdles. She ran 9.03 seconds for ninth.
Sophomore Jamie Roberts finished third in the pole vault with a jump of 12 feet, 5.5 inches.
Seniors Melissa Christensen and Bailey Franklin finished seventh and eighth in the long jump.
Christensen finished ninth in the pentathlon with teammates junior Brooke Granquist (9th), sophomore Katie Searles (10th) and junior Mariah Beaman (11th) also participating in the event.
The distance medley relay team placed seventh and ran a season best 12:30.21. Freshman Larissa Halonen, senior Rachael Williams, sophomore Mandy Dye and junior Nora Kiilunen ran the event for the ‘Cats.
Senior Catherine Angeli and freshman Angelina Howard qualified for Saturday’s 60-meter dash finals. Angeli also qualified for the 200-meter dash finals.
“Tomorrow is a big day and we expect to score some points,” Barnes added. “Grand Valley and Ashland will be tough to beat.”
Action continues from Findlay, Ohio on Saturday. The first women’s event is the high jump at 11 a.m.
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