SAGINAW, Mich. (WLUC) – Senior Michelle Juergen (Gau-Odernheim, Germany) was named the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Track & Field Field Athlete of the Meet while the Northern Michigan University Indoor Track & Field team finished third at the GLIAC Championships. The Wildcats came away with one first place victory, four school records, and six NCAA Provisional marks.
FIELD ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Juergen placed in all three jumps on her way to earn the GLIAC's Field Athlete of the Meet. In the long jump, Juergen finished second with a jump of 18'5.75. She also placed second in the high jump by clearing an NCAA Provisional mark of 5'6 inches. She finished her meet in fourth place in the triple jump, posting a mark of 36'11.75 inches.
Also scoring points in the triple jump was Dunja Drobac (Novi Sad, Serbia), who's mark of 35'1.00 inches placed her seventh.
PETERSON GETS FIRST
Sophomore Izabelle Peterson (Marquette, Mich.) captured first place in the 200 Meter Dash and set a new school record with a time of 24.61. The time also gave her an NCAA Provisional time.
Peterson also placed fourth in the 60 Meter Dash, crossing the line at 7.70.
HUEBNER BREAKS HER RECORD
Senior Shayla Huebner (Marquette, Mich.) broke her own school record in the 800 Meter Run. The senior placed second with an NCAA Provisional time, finishing in 2:10.17.
AUGSTEN SCORES TWICE
Sophomore Nina Augsten (Koenigsbronn, Germany) placed in two events in the meet, taking third in the Pentatholon and seventh in the 60 Meter Hurdles. She captured third place after placing second in the 60m Hurdles, third in the long jump and 800m Run and won the long jump to earn a total of 3,155 points. In the individual 60m Hurdles, she posted a time of 9.23.
Also scoring points in the pentathlon was freshman Kelsie Sibbald (Barbeau, Mich.) as her 2,659 points put her seventh.
TWO IN A ROW
The 4x400 Meter Relay team, consisting of junior Sydney McPeters (Sugarland, Texas), senior Lynsey Collins (Escanaba, Mich.), senior Paige Dutcher (Williamston, Mich.) and Huebner broke the school record and earned GLIAC Women Track Athletes of the Week at their last meet. In the GLIAC Championships, the broke their own record with a second-place time of 3:46.47.
Dutcher also set a new school record in the 400 Meter Run with a time of 56.53. The time placed her third in the race and also gave her an NCAA Provisional time.
Collins gave the Wildcats points in the 400 as well, coming in sixth at 58.26.
GOING THE DISTANCE
In the Distance Relay, NMU finished in fourth place with a time of 12:27.21. The team consisted of freshman Anna Kelley (Minneapolis, Minn.), junior Megan Martin (Hillsdale, Mich.), freshman Hannah Jones (Williamston, Mich.) and sophomore Elise Longley (Bloomington, Minn.).
Junior Hanna Torvi (St. Paul, Minn.) collected points in the 5,000 Meter Run as her time of 18:18.96 put her eighth.
NMU finished in third place out of 10 teams, earning 80 points.
The Wildcats will now prepare for the NCAA Division II Indoor Championships that take place in Pittsburgh, Kansas Friday, March 8 and Saturday March 9.