ALLENDALE, Mich. — Five Wildcats earned medals to lift the track & field team to a fifth-place finish at the GLIAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships, held Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at the GVSU Track & Field Stadium.
Kameron Burmeister raced to a second-place finish in the 10,000-meter run while Kieren Becker (800-meter run), Ine Mylle (triple jump), Katelyn Smith (5,000-meter run) and Jasmine Williams (discus throw) all took third.
Northern Michigan ultimately totaled 71.50 points, just 2.50 outside of fourth. It was the Wildcats' best finish at the outdoor championship meet since 2012, when they finished fourth with 69.50 points.
"This team had an incredible season that ended with a very successful GLIAC Championships," said head coach Jenny Ryan. "I am so proud of every athlete on this team and how they rose up and competed very hard. Finishing fifth place as a team in this conference was not easy and is a testament to the hard work and great character of these student-athletes. They made NMU proud today, and it is definitely a great day to be a Wildcat."
Burmeister, Becker and Smith set school records to capture their medals. Their times were also NCAA provisional marks.
In total, Northern Michigan posted 19 top-10 finishes in 15 different events. Becker (800-meter run, 1,500-meter run, 4x400 relay), Shayla Huebner (400-meter run, 4x400 relay), Mylle (triple jump, 100-meter hurdles), Michelle Juergen (high jump, long jump) and Williams (discus throw, hammer throw) each finished in the top-10 in multiple events.
Grand Valley State (185.5), Findlay (87) and Hillsdale (83) were the top three teams. The Lakers have now won 18-straight conference titles.
Earlier this year, the Wildcats placed fifth at the GLIAC Indoor Championships. It was their best finish since 2011, when they took third behind Grand Valley State and Ashland.
Kameron Burmeister – 10,000-meter run (36:04.91*#)
Additional Top-10 Finishers
Kieren Becker – 1,500-meter run (4th, 4:34.66)
Shayla Huebner – 400-meter run (4th, 56.68)
Michelle Juergen – High jump (t-4th, 5-3)
Samanthia Johnson – Discus throw (5th, 150-3)
Hanna Torvi – 3,000-meter steeplechase (5th, 11:49.96)
Sydney McPeters, Lynsey Collins, Kieren Becker, Shayla Huebner – 4x400 relay (5th, 3:55.87)
Megan Edic – 10,000-meter run (6th, 38:04.27)
Avadon James – 100-meter dash (6th, 12.11)
Ine Mylle – 100-meter hurdles (6th, 14.56)
Dana Shove – Discus throw (6th, 146-0)
Michelle Juergen – Long jump (8th, 17-8.75)
Jessie Kushner – Javelin throw (8th, 107-7)
Maddy Walters – 3,000-meter steeplechase (10th, 12:17.33)
Jasmine Williams – Hammer throw (10th, 163-8)
* School Record
# NCAA Provisional Mark