ALLENDALE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University outdoor track and field team competed in the first two days at the 2012 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championship on Wednesday (May 2) and Thursday (May 3) from the campus of Grand Valley State University. The Wildcats had seven top ten finishes, broke two school records and are in third place with 28.5 points, heading into Friday’s finals.
Sophomore Jamie Roberts had the top finish for Northern with a second place finish in the pole vault, clearing the bar at 12-feet-8 to improve her provisional qualifying mark for the NCAA Championship.
In the long jump, senior Bailey Franklin, cleared 18-feet-6.5 for a fourth place to break the school record and provisionally qualify for NCAAs.
In the 3,000 steeplechase, junior Mallory Celaya had a fourth place finish in 11:17.40.
Senior Melissa Christensen finished fifth in the heptathlon on Thursday with a score of 4,509, good for a provisional qualifying score to NCAAs. Christensen also finished in a tie for fifth in the long jump and sophomore Samara White was 11th.
Junior Mariah Beaman threw the javelin 109-feet-6 for a sixth place finish. Sophomore Katie Searles was 10th. Junior Colby West (1:08.65) finished 11th in the 400 hurdles.
Sophomore Chelsea Farquhar placed 11th in the 10,000 in 41:42.96 while sophomore Brittany Loomis finished 16th.
Redshirt freshman Sherice Hewett broke the school record and qualified for the finals in the 100 hurdles with an eighth place finish in the preliminary round, sprinting 14.43 seconds.
Senior Catherine Angeli qualified for the finals in both the 100 and 200-meter dashes. She finished fourth in the preliminaries of the 200 and seventh in the 100.
In the 800, senior Rachael Williams finished one spot out of qualifying in 10th and sophomore Katie Granquist finished 11th. Freshman Larissa Halonen qualified for the championship heat of the 1500 while senior Nora Kiilunen was one place out in 13th.
There was a 45-minute lightning delay on Friday. Grand Valley (77) leads the championship with Ashland (63.50) in second.
Field events start at 11 a.m. on Friday with the 4x100 relay at 12:10 p.m.
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