DE PERE, Wis.—Northern Michigan University Women's Track & Field opened up their outdoor season on Thursday at the St. Norbert Twilight Meet hosted by St. Norbert College. The Wildcats earned victories in six events to begin their campaign.
Earning two victories on the day, junior Jenna Long (Suamico, Wisconsin) won a pair of sprint events. In the 100-meter dash, Long took the top spot with a time of 12.58 seconds. Long also took the top spot in the 200-meter dash with a time of 26.42 seconds. She was the only Wildcat with multiple victories on the day.
NMU swept the top-four and placed five in the top-six of the 100-meters with freshmen Izabelle Peterson (Marquette, Michigan) and Lauren Alarie (Highland, Michigan) rounding out the top-three. Sophomore Abby Christmas (Montague, Michigan) was fourth while sophomore Megan Martin (Hillsdale, Michigan) was sixth.
In the 200-meter dash, the Wildcats again dominated the top spots sweeping the top-five. Peterson finished second with Christmas rounding out the first three finishers. Freshman Nina Augsten (Koenigsbronn, Germany) placed fourth, while Alarie was fifth-fastest to cross the finish line.
Augsten continued to build on her strong indoor season by earning a win in the 100-meter hurdles on Thursday. She took the top spot with a time of 15.19 seconds in the events. Augsten also competed in the high jump, finishing fourth after clearing four feet, nine inches.
Fellow freshman Dunja Drobac (Novi Sad, Serbia) also earned a victory to begin her collegiate outdoor career. In the triple jump, Drobac earned a distance of 35'00.50" to secure the win. Also competing in the long jump, Drobac cleared 15'03.50 to finish eighth.
With the final individual victory of the day, sophomore Katelyn Smith (Gaylord, Michigan) won the 3,000-meter run with a time of 10:51.08. The final team victory came in the 4x100-meter relay with Christmas, Alarie, Long, and Peterson finishing in 48.67 seconds.
Other top finishers included sophomore Hanna Torvi (St. Paul, Minnesota) placing second in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, senior Abby Cook (DeWitt, Michigan) finishing second in the 1,500-meters, freshman Annicka McDonald (Windsor, Connecticut) placing third in the 800-meters, Martin earning a third place finish in the 400-meter hurdles, and Christmas finishing third in the triple jump.
As a team, NMU finished third out of eight programs with 156 points. St. Norbert took the team crown with 212 points, while Michigan Technological University was second with 164 points.
Another group of Wildcats will begin competition Friday at the Raleigh Relays hosted by North Carolina State University with the meet finishing Saturday afternoon.