MANKATO, Minn. – All three Northern Michigan indoor track and field athletes that participated in this weekend’s 2012 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championship from Minnesota State University, Mankato were All-Americans. The Wildcats scored 12 points on the weekend for a 14th place finish, the highest in school history. Forty-seven teams scored on the two-day weekend.
“Coming home with three All-American is just awesome,” NMU coach Tom Barnes said. “We represented NMU very well this weekend in the field and with good sportsmanship.”
On Saturday (Mar. 10), senior Bailey Franklin finished third in the high jump to become an All-American for the second year in a row. She jumped 5 feet, 8.75 inches. Franklin was an All-American in the triple jump at last year’s championship.
Redshirt freshman Sherice Hewett is an All-American in the triple jump, jumping 39 feet, 9.75 inches for her second best jump of her career and a sixth place finish.
“Both Bailey and Sherice did great under pressure,” Barnes added. “It was an exciting day with close competitions.”
Barbara Szabo of Western State won the high jump with a jump of 6 feet, 1.25 inches. Amanda Ouedraogo from Abilene Christian won the triple jump, clearing 42 feet, 1.5 inches. Grand Valley won the championship with 94 points.
Sophomore Jamie Roberts was an All-American in the pole vault on Friday (Mar. 9), finishing sixth.
The NCAA Championship marks the end of the indoor season. The outdoor season begins next weekend in California, for the ‘Cats.
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