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UNIVERSITY CENTER, Mich. â€Â“ The Northern Michigan University womenâ€Â™s track and field team set three school records andplaced fourth out of 15 teams at the SVSU Outdoor Collegiate Open on Saturday. The Wildcats tallied 113 points as Great Lakes Intercollegiate AthleticConference (GLIAC) foe, Ferris State, won the womenâ€Â™s side of the competitionwith 137 points.  Aquinas was second (129) and the host school was next(125.5).


Danielle St. Onge set the first new record of the day whenshe placed sixth in the 100-meter dash with a clocking of 12.80.  Callie Boikfinished ninth in the event (13.29).  Stephanie Boyer was the top placing â€Â˜Catin the 200 as she crossed the finish line with a time of 26.04, which was goodfor fourth place.  The eighth through the 11th spots belonged to theâ€Â˜Cats as Kaylee Laakso (26.77), Stephanie Ostrenga (26.79) and Boik (27.25)filled the spots respectively.  Chelsei Bootz was 16th in the 200(28.08).


Boyer turned in a 59.18 in the 400 which was good for secondplace.  Laakso placed 12th in the event (1:03.20).  NMU had two runnersin the top three finishers in the 800.  Ostrenga was second in a new schoolrecord time of 2:16.44 as teammate, Stephanie Mishica, was third (2:19.63).   Mishicathen placed second in the 1,500 with a time of 4:49.85.  Other NMU runners inthe race included Jennifer Weidmeyer 13th (5:08.58), Jacalyn Gross15th (5:11.27) and Kyle Richards 19th (5:18.89).


Danielle Stein was fifth in the 3,000 (11:24.56) and MeganHolkas 11th (11:57.95). Danielle deJonge was the lone â€Â˜Cat in the5,000 as she was 14th (22:04.49).  Judy Pumper was the lone NMUrunner in the 10,000 she crossed the finish line with a time of 44:01.05 whichwas good for sixth place.


In the hurdle events, Natalie Bertucci was third in the 100hurdles with a time of 16.02 and she was followed by teammate, Amanda Holtz, 11th(18.14).  Bertucci was sixth in the 400 hurdles (1:10.81).  Brittney Coehoornwon the 3,000 steeplechase for the â€Â˜Cats (11:54.48).


The 4x100 relay of Boik, Laakso, Boyer and St. Onge ran a50.29 as the tandem placed second as the time set a new NMU mark.  Ostrenga,Gross, Laakso, and Boyer ran to a fourth-place finish in the 4x400 (4:10.16). 


In the field events, St. Onge led the way with twothird-place finishes.  She was third in the long jump (17-00.00) and in thetriple jump (34-07.50).  Kristin Carnel with a jump of 5-00.00 was fourth inthe high jump.  Bertucci was seventh in the high jump (5-00.00).  Paris Malintied for fourth in the pole vault (8-06.00).  Jessica Wendling (13-11.00) andHoltz (13-10.00) were 11th and 12th respectively in thelong jump.  Holtz (30-10.00) was eighth in the triple jump as Wendling was next(29-09.75) in the event.


Four NMU participants were in the javelin.  Bootz led theway with a throw of 103-05 which put her fourth.  Malin (96-04) was sixth,Carnel (96-01) seventh and Boik (95-04) eighth in the event.


NMU will compete on Saturday (April 22) at the NorthwoodInvitational.  The â€Â˜Cats will use the event as a tune-up for the GLIACChampionships on May 4-5.






Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director