Kieren Becker | NMU Athletic Communications Intern
MARQUETTE, Mich. – Northern Michigan University's Women's Track & Field travel to Allendale, Michigan this weekend for the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships. The meet will be held at Grand Valley State University on Saturday and Sunday.
The Wildcats placed fifth at the event a year ago with many of their top scorers continuing their successes this season. Of the 12 Wildcats to earn top ten finishes at last year's GLIAC Indoor Track & Field Championships, 10 will be returning to the competition this weekend.
Currently, NMU has 15 top-10 rankings in the GLIAC for this season. Two Wildcats are ranked in the GLIAC top-10 in the 5,000-meter run. Senior Kameron Burmeister (Menominee, Michigan) and sophomore Katelyn Smith (Gaylord, Michigan) are ranked third and seventh respectively in the event. Their times of 16 minutes, 54.90 seconds and 17:23.08 are both also NCAA II provisional marks. Burmeister is also ranked second in the GLIAC in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 9:53.86, an NCAA II provisional mark as well.
Two Wildcat relays are ranked at second in the GLIAC. The Distance Medley team comprised of Sophomore Holly Blowers (Marquette, Michigan), junior Paige Dutcher (Williamston, Michigan), junior Shayla Huebner (Marquette, Michigan), and senior Kieren Becker (Fowler, Michigan) holds the second-place ranking with a time of 12:05.46 seconds. The 4x400-meter relay team made up of sophomore Sydney McPeters (Sugerland, Texas), junior Lynsey Collins (Escanaba, Michigan), Dutcher, and Huebner is also ranked second in the GLIAC with their time of 3:53.19.
Huebner, Blowers, and Becker are also ranked third, fifth, and seventh in the 800-meters with Huebner and Blowers earning NCAA II provisional marks in the event. Huebner's top time in the event sits at 2:11.66, while Blowers owns a 2:13.50. Becker's top time in the event this season is 2:14.49. Huebner is ranked at fourth in the GLIAC in the 400-meter run with a time of 56.84 seconds.
Other top marks include Freshman Nina Augsten (Koenigsbronn, Germany) who is ranked fourth in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.97 seconds and Becker who is currently sitting at sixth in the GLIAC with a time of 5:01.56.
Moving into the field events, senior Ine Mylle (Zonnebeke, Belgium) and freshman Dunja Drobac (Novi Sad, Serbia) are ranked first and ninth, respectively, with jumps of 38 feet, two inches and 34' 02.75". Mylle's jump is also an NCAA Division II provisional mark.
Senior Samanthia Johnson (Kingston, Jamaica) is ranked 10th in the weight throw at a distance of fifty-four feet and 10.75 inches, while junior Michelle Juergen (Gau-Odernheim, Germany) is ranked first in the GLIAC in the high jump with a mark of 5' 6," which is also an NCAA II provisional mark.
The two-day GLIAC Indoor Championships will begin Saturday at 9 p.m. and conclude on Sunday in Allendale, Michigan. The 2017 NCAA II Indoor Track & Field Championships are set for March 9-10 in Pittsburgh, Kansas.