RALEIGH, N.C.—Northern Michigan University Women's Track & Field finished competition at the Raleigh Relays Saturday evening against some of the top competition at the NCAA Division I and NCAA Division II levels. The meet was hosted by North Carolina State University.
NMU's first day began with a field event and junior Michelle Juergen (Gau-Odernheim, Germany) competing in the high jump. Juergen finished tied for fourth with a height of five feet, three inches falling just shy of an NCAA II provisional mark.
The first running event that the Wildcats participated in was the 100-meter hurdles. Senior Ine Mylle (Zonnebeke, Belgium) finished 20th in a field of 50 competitors with a time of 14.92 seconds.
A pair of Wildcats competed in the 400-meters, both finishing in the top-50. Junior Paige Dutcher (Williamston, Michigan) finished with the 22nd-fastest time, while sophomore Sydney McPeters (Sugarland, Texas) was 43rd. Dutcher crossed the finish line in 57.71 seconds with McPeters finishing in 59.41 seconds. Dutcher moved into third in the NMU outdoor record book with her performance, while McPeters now owns the seventh-fastest mark in program history for the event.
Two more runners competed in the 1,500-meters lead by senior Kieren Becker (Fowler, Michigan) with a 91st-place finish. Her time of 4:40.71 was less than eight seconds ahead of sophomore Holly Blowers (Marquette, Michigan) who finished in 119th with a time of 4:48.66. Blowers performance was the fifth-fastest in program history.
Mylle was the first Wildcat to compete on Saturday participating in the triple jump. She also fell just short of an NCAA II provisional standard, clearing a distance of 38'05.00". The mark was seventh-best at the meet with nearly 30 competitors.
Junior Lynsey Collins (Escanaba, Michigan) was the first NMU runner to compete on Saturday, appearing in the 400-meter hurdles. Her time of 1:05.46 was good enough for 25th at the meet but is the second-fastest time in program history.
Junior Shayla Huebner (Marquette, Michigan) was the final individual to compete, racing in the 800-meters. The indoor All-American finished 23rd overall with a time of 2:16.12 against strong competition.
The event of the day for NMU was the 4x400-meter relay which consisted of McPeters, Collins, Dutcher, and Huebner. The group had the 13th-fastest time at the meet, finishing in 3:52.58. The time catapulted the group into the NMU record book with the second-fastest time in school history.
Next weekend, the Wildcats will head to another major meet with strong competition in the Spartan Invite hosted by Michigan State University. The meet will start on Friday, April 6 and run through Saturday afternoon.