MARQUETTE, Mich.—Northern Michigan University Women's Track & Field will continue their outdoor season against strong NCAA Division I and NCAA Division II competition this weekend at the Spartan Invite hosted by Michigan State University.
The Wildcats went to a pair of meets over the weekend beginning with the St. Norbert Twilight Meet where the team finished third. NMU also competed at against some of the nation's top NCAA competition at the Raleigh Relays, but no team scores were recorded.
NMU is ranked in the top-50 in the NCAA Division II for five different events after their first weekend of competition. Senior Ine Mylle (Zonnebeke, Belgium) is the top ranked Wildcat in her respective event sitting at 20th in the triple jump. Her distance of 38 feet, five inches is less than five inches from an NCAA II provisional standard.
In the 4x400-meter relay, sophomore Sydney McPeters (Sugarland, Texas), junior Lynsey Collins (Escanaba, Michigan), junior Paige Dutcher (Williamston, Michigan) and junior Shayla Huebner (Marquette, Michigan) own the 23rd-fastest time in the country. Their time of three minutes, 52.58 seconds is also the second-fastest in school history.
Dutcher owns the 43rd best time in the NCAA II after her performance in the 400-meters over the weekend. She also has the second-fastest time in NMU history after she finished in 57.71 seconds at the Raleigh Relays. Huebner and senior Kieren Becker (Fowler, Michigan) are each ranked 44th in the NCAA II for the 800-meters and 1,500-meters respectively. Huebner finished her race in 2:16.12, while Becker's time was 4:40.71.
NMU earned six victories at the St. Norbert Twilight highlighted by junior Jenna Long (Suamico, Wisconsin) bringing home two individual wins. 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.
The Spartan Invite begins Friday afternoon with select field events. Field events and select running events will continue Saturday morning with the meet to conclude Saturday evening. The meet will take place at Ralph Young Field on the campus of Michigan St.