MARQUETTE, Mich.—Northern Michigan University Women's Track & Field sent student-athletes to both the Golden Grizzly Invite at Oakland University and the Bison Outdoor Classic at Bucknell University. Three victories highlighted the Wildcats success at Oakland, while one student-athlete left Bucknell with an NCAA II provisional.
Senior Kameron Burmeister (Menominee, Michigan) traveled to the Bison Outdoor Classic to compete against some of the nation's top distance runners in the in the 10,000-meter run. She finished fifth overall with a time of 35 minutes, 13.41 seconds to earn the NCAA II provisional mark and improve her school record by more than 30 seconds. The time currently ranks as the fourth-best in the NCAA II.
Also competing at Bucknell was sophomore Katelyn Smith (Gaylord, Michigan) who finished 44th overall in the 5,000-meter run. Smith recorded her top time of the season finishing in 17:36.65 which currently ranks 64th in the NCAA II.
For the third-consecutive week, junior Jenna Long (Suamico, Wisconsin) earned a pair of victories in sprint events at the Golden Grizzly Invite. She took the top spot in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.30 seconds, which moves her into a tie for fifth in school history.
Long also won the 200-meter dash, leading three Wildcats in the top-five of the event. With a time of 25.57 seconds, Long was the top-finisher with junior Paige Dutcher (Williamston, Michigan) finishing runner-up with a time of 25.75. Dutcher's time moved her into seventh in program history. Freshman Annicka McDonald (Windsor, Connecticut) rounded out the top-five with a time of 27 seconds.
Senior Vivian Hett (Burnsville, Minnesota) earned the final NMU victory in Oakland for her first career win. Competing in the 3,000-meter steeplechase for the first time, Hett won the event with a time of 11:04.95, less than a second away from an NCAA II provisional time. The time also ranks as the second-fastest in NMU history.
NMU also took three of the top-five places in the steeplechase with Hett leading the way. Sophomore Hanna Torvi (St. Paul, Minnesota) was the second-fastest finisher with a time of 11:41.99, while junior Maddy Walters (Madison, Wisconsin) finished fourth in 12:49.96.
Hett also led the Wildcats in the 800-meters with a third-place performance. Her time of 2:27.47 was less than a second in front of senior Abby Cook (DeWitt, Michigan) who finished fourth in 2:28.36. Junior Hannah Lonergan (Novi, Michigan) was not far behind in sixth-place.
Cook also led the Wildcats in the 1,500-meter run. Her time of 4:59.42 was good enough for a fifth-place finish.
A pair of Wildcats earned runner-up finishes in hurdle events. Freshman Nina Augsten (Koenigsbronn, Germany) finished the 100-meter hurdles with a time 14.86 second. The time moves her into fourth in school history for the event. Sophomore Megan Martin (Hillsdale, Michigan) moved up to fifth in the NMU record book after her performance in the 400-meter hurdles. Martin finished with a time of 1:06.70.
The 4x100-meter relay team earned a third-place finish at the meet. Martin, sophomore Abigail Christmas (Montague, Michigan) Dutcher, and Long combined for a time of 50.05 seconds in their performance.
Other top finishers included McDonald placing sixth in the 400-meters, the 4x400-meter relay team placing sixth, freshman Molly Miller (Kaukauna, Wisconsin) finishing eighth in the high jump, Augsten and Christmas placing eighth and ninth in the long jump, Augsten finishing ninth in the javelin, and freshman Megan Evilsizer (Clinton Township, Michigan) placing 10th in the hammer throw.
NMU will compete just one more time before the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Outdoor Championships. The team will travel to Grand Valley State University Friday and Saturday to compete in the Al Owens Classic.