HILLSDALE, Mich. – Senior Cheyenne Stewart broke the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletics Conference record in the triple jump and automatically qualified for the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships as the Northern Michigan University track and field team finished sixth at the GLIAC Indoor Track and Field Championships Sunday.
Stewart's jump of 40-05.00, which also broke the Northern Michigan record, won the event and earned her All-GLIAC honors. The previous GLIAC and NMU record was set in 2012 by Northern Michigan's Sherice Hewett.
Stewart also earned All-GLIAC honors finishing third in the long jump with a mark of 18-3.25.
Junior Ebony Young earned All-GLIAC honors finishing third in the triple jump with a distance of 38-05.5 while earning honorable mention All-GLIAC honors with a fourth place finish in the long jump at 17-11.5.
Junior Christina Toogood finished third in the 800 meter run, earing All-GLIAC honors with a time of 2:13.81.
Junior Brittni Wirtz earned honorable mention All-GLIAC honors finishing sixth in the 60 meter dash with a time of 7.73. The mark was an NCAA provisional qualifying mark.
"It's a wonderful feeling to watch things come together for the team," said NMU head coach Cheree Hicks. "The coaching staff and I could not possibly be any happier for and prouder of the young women on our team. At our first meeting I asked the team how they wanted to represent Northern Michigan as the track and field representatives for our school. They said they wanted to finish in the top half of the conference and above where we finished last year. They not only answered with their words but with their actions. They are excited and pumped for outdoor season."
The Wildcats will return to action at the NCAA Indoor Championships in Winston-Salem, N.C. March 14-15.