STEVENS POINT, Wis.—Northern Michigan University Women's Track & Field collected five individual victories and a relay win Saturday at the Pointer Invite hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
In the 60-meter hurdles, freshman Nina Augsten (Koenigsbronn, Germany) earned a victory with a time of nine seconds. The time is second-fastest in NMU history, .02 seconds behind the school record. Augsten also finished 15th in the 800-meters and 22nd in the high jump.
Freshman Elise Longley (Bloomington, Minnesota) took the top spot in the mile with her time of 5:25.36. Junior Abby Fifarek (Buckley, Michigan) placed fourth in the race, while senior Abby Cook (DeWitt, Michigan) was 10th.
A pair of Wildcats swept the top-two spots in the 400-meters led by junior Shayla Huebner (Marquette, Michigan) with a time of 57.59. Junior Paige Dutcher (Williamston, Michigan) was second and junior Lynsey Collins (Escanaba, Michigan) was fourth.
NMU also had three top-five runners in the 800-meters. Senior Kieren Becker (Fowler, Michigan) took the top spot, finishing in 2:17.52. She defeated teammate freshman Holly Blowers (Marquette, Michigan) who now ranks sixth in the NMU record book with her runner-up time of 2:18.61. Freshman Annicka McDonald (Windsor, Connecticut) finished fourth in the event.
Junior Michelle Juergen (Gau-Odernheim, Germany) had the final individual victory for the Wildcats, getting the win in the high jump. Juergen earned the win by clearing five feet, 5.25 inches.
NMU's 4x400-meter relay team of sophomore Sydney McPeters (Sugarland, Texas) Collins, Dutcher, and Huebner finished the event in 3:59.91 to take the top spot
Senior Kameron Burmeister (Menominee, Michigan) now owns the seventh-best time in the 3,000-meters in the NCAA with her runner-up performance on Saturday. Her time of 9:53.86 is less than two seconds off her school record in the event. Burmeister also owns an NCAA II provisional time in the 5,000-meters with the 20th-fastest time in the country set at the Opener.
Senior Samanthia Johnson (Kingston, Jamaica) moved up in the Wildcats record book with her toss of 38'11.00" on the shot put. Her career-best throw was fourth-best in NMU history.
As a team, the Wildcats took the top spot with 143 points to defeat the field by 23. The University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh was second with 126 points, while the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire earned 116.5 points to finish third.
Next weekend, NMU will head to Grand Valley State University for the GVSU Big Meet. The meet will take place Saturday and Sunday in Allendale, Michigan.
The Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championships will be held February 23-24 with Grand Valley State University hosting the meet. The 2017 NCAA II Indoor Track & Field Championships are set for March 9-10 in Pittsburgh, Kansas.