Wildcats Excel in Strong Field at GVSU Big Meet

Wildcats Excel in Strong Field at GVSU Big Meet

ALLENDALE, Mich.—Northern Michigan University Women's Track & Field earned four NCAA Division II provisional and multiple school records Friday and Saturday at the GVSU Big Meet hosted by Grand Valley State University. Friday and Saturday were each scored as separate meets with many athletics competing in the same events each day. 

On Friday, a pair of Wildcats earned NCAA Division II provisional times in the 5,000-meters after finishing first and second in their section. Senior Kameron Burmeister (Menominee, Michigan) finished with the sixth-fastest time in the event with a time of 16 minutes, 54.90. The mark is currently the sixth-fastest time in the country, less than 20 seconds off an NCAA II automatic qualifying time. Burmeister's time also improved her school record in the event by about six seconds.

Sophomore Katelyn Smith (Gaylord, Michigan) also earned an NCAA II provisional in the event, placing 19th overall in the loaded field. Her time of 17:23.08 was seven seconds better than the provisional standard and is 32nd best in the country.

Senior Kieren Becker (Fowler, Michigan) improved her career-best time in the mile after winning her section. Becker finished 16th overall with a time of 5:01.56, less than two seconds off an NCAA II provisional time. Her converted time moved her to into third all-time at NMU in the event.

In the high jump, junior Michelle Juergen (Gau-odernheim, Germany) fell just short of an NCAA II provisional mark with her runner-up performance in the high jump. Juergen cleared five feet, 4.50 inches in her final attempt at the height to secure the second-place finish.

The 4x400-meter relay team of sophomore Sydney McPeters (Sugarland, Texas), junior Lynsey Collins (Escanaba, Michigan), junior Paige Dutcher (Williamston, Michigan), and junior Shayla Huebner (Marquette, Michigan) also earned a top-10 finish, placing eighth with a time of 3:53.19. The time is the group's best of the season and is two seconds shy of an NCAA II provisional.

Huebner also competed in the 400-meters, winning her section with a time of 57.03 seconds. The time was good enough for 12th overall in the event.

Moving to Saturday's meet, Burmeister earned another provisional, this time in the 3,000-meters. Her time of 9:54.11 was third-fastest at the meet and is the 11th quickest in the country. Smith was fourth in the event, finishing just behind Burmeister in 10:05.55.

Earning her first NCAA II provisional mark of the season, senior Ine Mylle (Zonnebeke, Belgium) took the top spot in the triple jump on Saturday. Mylle cleared a distance of 38'02.00" which is tied for 26th-best in the NCAA.

Freshman Nina Augsten (Koenigsbronn, Germany) now has the fastest 60-meter hurdles time in school history after Saturday's event. Augsten finished in 8.97 seconds to take the top-spot in the Wildcat record book by .01 seconds. Her time was good-enough for fifth in the loaded field.

Juergen competed in the high jump again on Saturday, this time, earning a victory at a height of 5'04.25". Again, falling just shy of an NCAA II provisional, Juergen defeated a field of 25 student-athletes to take the title in the event.

In the distance medley relay, freshman Holly Blowers (Marquette, Michigan) Dutcher, Huebner, and Becker finished 11th, but their time of 12:05.46 is the third-fastest in school history. Additionally, the time fell just .04 seconds shy of earning an NCAA II provisional.

Senior Samanthia Johnson (Kingston, Jamaica) earned a top-10 finish in the weight throw after a career-best toss of 54'00.00" on Saturday. The mark is a half an inch better than her previous career toss and is third-best in school history.

The team of Blowers, Dutcher, Huebner, and Becker made up the distance medley relay team that finished 11th. Their time of 12:05.46 converts to the third fastest in program history.

As a team, the Wildcats tied for 27th on Friday, but their 38 points on Saturday was good enough for fifth.

Next weekend, NMU will head to the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh for a meet on Saturday. 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.

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