DULUTH, Minn.—Northern Michigan University Women's Indoor Track & Field began their 2017-18 season Saturday at the Opener hosted by the College of St. Scholastica. It was a strong start to the indoor campaign for a number of Wildcats with a number of victories, an NCAA Division II provisional mark, and a school record at the season opener.
Already the school record holder in the 600-meters, junior Shayla Huebner (Marquette, Michigan) improved the mark by finishing in one minute, 36.77 seconds. The finish was more than two seconds better than her previous record. It was also three hundredths of a second behind the top finisher at the meet.
NMU took four of the top-six places in the 600-meters with junior Paige Dutcher (Williamston, Michigan) rounding out the top-three overall runners. Junior Lynsey Collins (Escanaba, Michigan) and sophomore Megan Martin finished fourth and sixth, respectively. Dutcher and Collins moved into second and fifth in the NMU record book for the event.
Three-time All-American senior Kameron Burmeister (Menominee, Michigan) already finds herself with one of the top 5,000-meter times in the country after earning an NCAA II provisional mark with her performance Saturday. Burmeister's time of 17:26.50 was four seconds better than the provisional standard and second best at the meet.
Junior Jenna Long (Suamico, Wisconsin) led three Wildcat finishers in the top-five of the 60-meter dash. Long finished third, while freshman Izabelle Peterson, and sophomore Sydney McPeters (Sugarland, Texas) finished fourth and fifth, respectively.
Sweeping the top three places in the 3,000-meters, senior Kieren Becker (Fowler, Michigan) led the Wildcats in the event with a time of 10:45.03 to take the top sport. Junior Kalina Pfannenstiel (Traverse City, Michigan) and freshman Elise Longley (Bloomington, Minnesota) finished second and third, respectively.
In the field events, the Wildcats were led by senior Samanthia Johnson (Kingston, Jamaica) and junior Michelle Juergen (Gau-Odernheim, Germany) who each earned a victory. Johnson had the top toss in the weight throw by nearly a foot with a distance of 53 feet, 1.75 inches. The mark is a career-best for Johnson, surpassing her previous best by nearly 14 inches.
Juergen won the high jump, clearing 5'05.00", four inches better than the runner-up in the event. The height was also just two inches shy of her career-best. Juergen also finished third in the long jump, clearing 17'03.50".
Freshman Nina Augsten (Koenigsbronn, Germany) and Dutcher also placed fourth and fifth, respectively, in the long jump.
Other top-performers for the Wildcats at the season opener included Longley who placed fifth in the mile, freshman Annicka McDonald (Windsor, Connecticut) who finished second in the 800-meters, sophomore Abigail Christmas (Montague, Michigan) who placed fifth in the triple jump, and the 4x400-meter relay team that placed second.
NMU now has more than a month off before their next competition. The Wildcats will host the Northern Challenge in the Superior Dome January 20.