Six Wildcats Qualify to Compete at NCAA Outdoor Championships

Six Wildcats Qualify to Compete at NCAA Outdoor Championships

INDIANAPOLIS — Six Wildcats qualified to compete at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

Kieren Becker, Kameron Burmeister, Samanthia Johnson, Ine Mylle, Dana Shove and Jasmine Williams will represent Northern Michigan at the event, slated for May 25-27 in Bradenton, Fla.  

"This team has had a great season so far, and we are very excited to have six athletes continue on to the NCAA Championships," said head coach Jenny Ryan. "I am so proud of this group of athletes and my assistant coaches for this great accomplishment. We are all looking forward to having the opportunity to represent Northern Michigan and Marquette at the national level."

Northern Michigan led all schools with three qualifiers in the discus throw: Johnson, Shove and Williams.

Becker (1,500-meter run), Burmeister (10,000-meter run) and Mylle (triple jump) will also represent the Wildcats.

This will be Becker's first NCAA Championship appearance. She qualified on the strength of the 4:32.35 she ran at the Al Owens Classic.

Burmeister will have the opportunity to capture her third All-American award of the 2016-17 campaign. She made the 10,000-meter field behind the 35:47.98 she clocked at NCC Dr. Keeler Invitational.

Burmeister was an All-American in cross country (30th, 21:16.7) and in the indoor 5,000-meter run (11th, 17:12.02). She was Northern Michigan's first cross country All-American since 2005.

Johnson has now qualified for the national outdoor championship meet three of her four years in Marquette. She made this season's field thanks to the 162-3 she posted at the GVSU 2nd to Last Chance Meet. 

Johnson competed in the discus throw at the 2015 and 2016 NCAA Outdoor Championships. She finished as a first-team All-American each time, placing sixth (155-10) in 2016 and eighth (159-2) in 2015.

Mylle qualified for her second-straight NCAA Outdoor Championships on the strength of the 40-5.50 she recorded at the Bulldog Invitational.

An injury prevented Mylle from competing at the 2016 edition. At the 2017 NCAA Indoor Championships, she placed 14th in the triple jump with a 39-3.25 distance.

This will be Shove's first national championship meet. She made the discus throw field behind the 159-3 mark she posted at the GVSU Last Chance Meet.

Like fellow senior Johnson, Williams has qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championships three of her four years as a Wildcat. She cracked this season's field thanks to the 157-5 she notched at the Bulldog Invitational.  

Williams participated in the discus throw at the 2014 and 2015 editions. She has also competed at two indoor championship meets, earning All-American accolades in 2017 (8th, 62-8) and 2016 (11th, 58-0.50) in the weight throw.

Johnson and Mylle were also honored on the USTFCCCA all-Midwest Region team for being among the top-five individuals in their event in the Midwest.

The full list of NCAA qualifiers can be viewed here. The USTFCCCA all-region release can be read here.