Wildcat Track & Field Dominates At The Opener

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DULUTH, Minn. (WLUC) -- Northern Michigan University's track and field team dominated in their first outing of the indoor track and field season at The Opener, hosted by the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minnesota.

In total, four individuals plus a relay finished atop the standings in their events while many others took silver or bronze on the day.

SPRINT THROUGH
The women opened the meet off strong, clinching three of the top-four spots in the 60m dash prelims. Junior Izabelle Peterson (Marquette, Mich.) went on to win the finals with a time of 7.86 seconds followed by sophomore Ninti Little (Lakewood, Wash.) in third and junior Lauren Alarie (Highland, Mich) in fourth.

Junior Nina Augsten opened her 2019-20 indoor campaign with a third place finish in the 60m hurdles. Having taken third in the prelims for an automatic spot in the finals, she crossed the finish in 9.67 seconds.

GO THE DISTANCE
The 600m run was all Wildcats as the team saw seven women finish in the top eight. Senior Paige Du Bois (Green Bay, Wisc.) crossed the line first in 1:38.83 followed by classmate Megan Martin (Hillsdale, Mich.) and sophomore Hannah Jones (Williamston, Mich.) in second and third, respectively.

In her indoor debut, freshman Caroline Vegeberg (Fejo, Denmark) took gold in the mile, with a final time of 5:20 flat.

The women continued their dominance with the 3k race, taking the top four spots led by sophomore Anna Kelley (Minneapolis, Minn.) in 10:53.48. She was followed close behind by Hanna Torvi (St. Paul, Minn.) just 0.32 seconds behind for second and Meghan Langworthy (Big Rapids, Mich.) in third. Katrina Salmen (Peshtigo, Wisc.) rounded out the top-four for NMU in the event.

IN THE FIELD
Over in the field, Calli Rechsteiner (Chesterfield, Mich.) finished third in the pole vault with a height of 3.05m.

The Wildcat women took two of the top-three spots in the long jump, with Little leading NMU with a best jump of 5.34 m. Nina Augsten (Koenigsbronn, Germany) took third overall with her jump of 5.04m.

In the triple jump, the women claimed yet another two of the top-three spots as Dunja Drobec (Navi Sad, Serbia) leapt to 10.73m while Jordan Butler (Oviedo, Fla.) recorded a day best of 10.59m.

STRONG RELAYS
The women saw their A relay take the top spot in the 4x400m relay as Claire Donner (Sierra Vista, Ariz.), Martin, Jones and Du Bois combined to go 4:12.74 for the top spot. The B relay took third and was made up of Morgan Lyon (Traverse City, Mich.), Vegeberge, Holly Blowers (Marquette, Mich.) and Peterson.

UP NEXT
The women return to action after the new year when they host the Northern Challenge within the Superior Dome on January 18, 2020. The meet is set to get underway following a celebration of the team's senior class.



 
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