Four Victories, Four Provisionals for Wildcats at Al Owens Classic

Four Victories, Four Provisionals for Wildcats at Al Owens Classic

ALLENDALE, Mich.—Northern Michigan University Women's Track & Field finished the weekend with four NCAA Division II provisional marks with a number of student-athletes moving up the program record book at the GVSU Al Owens Classic. In total, the Wildcats earned four victories and set a pair of school record to go along with the provisional standards at the meet hosted by Grand Valley State University.

Earning the first victory of the day for NMU was senior Kieren Becker (Fowler, Michigan) in the 1,500-meter run. Becker won the event in four minutes, 32.05 seconds to earn an NCAA II provisional, which currently ranks 29th in the country. Senior Vivian Hett (Burnsville, Minnesota) also ran in the event finishing with a time of 4:43.02, which ranks fourth-fastest in program history.

Hett earned a victory of her own in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, while also earning and NCAA II provisional. With a time of 11:00.00, Hett currently has the 27th-fastest time in the country. sophomore Hanna Torvi (St. Paul, Minnesota) moved up to fourth in the NMU record book with her finish of 11:33.59 in the event.

In the triple jump, senior Ine Mylle (Zonnebeke, Belgium) took the individual crown, clearing 40 feet, 2.25 inches to earn an NCAA II provisional. Currently, Mylle ranks eighth in the country for the event. Sophomore Abby Christmas (Montague, Michigan) and freshman Dunja Drobac (Novi Sad, Serbia) also competed in the event moving into eighth and ninth in the NMU record.

The final victory of the event came from junior Michelle Juergen (Gau-Odernheim, German) who took the top spot in the high jump. Her season-best height of 5'04.25" defeated the field by nearly two inches and currently ranks 57th-best in the NCAA II.

Senior Kameron Burmeister (Menominee, Michigan) earned an NCAA II provisional and set a school record in the 5,000-meter run. She is the first in program history to break 16 minutes after crossing the finish line in 16:49.45, currently the 11th-fastest time in the country.

Also breaking a school record was the 4x400-meter relay team of sophomore Sydney McPeters (Sugarland, Texas), junior Lynsey Collins (Escanaba, Michigan), junior Paige Dutcher (Williamston, Michigan), and junior Shayla Huebner (Marquette, Michigan). The group finished second in the event with a time of 3:49.15, which is currently 23rd-fastest in the NCAA II.

Other top-five finishes at the meet include the 4x100-meter relay team finishing third, junior Jenna Long (Suamico, Wisconsin) placing third in the 100-meter dash, freshman Nina Augsten (Koenigsbronn, Germany) finishing the 100-meter hurdles in third, Becker finishing fourth in the 800-meters, Huebner placing fourth in the 200-meter dash and fifth in the 400-meters, McPeters finishing fifth in the 100-meter dash, and Dutcher finishing the 200-meter dash in fifth.

As a team, NMU finished second out of 18 programs with 113 points. GVSU took the team crown with 168.5 points, while Aquinas College rounded out the top-three with 84.5 points.

The Wildcats now get more than a week of before heading to the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Outdoor Championships May 2-4 at Ashland University.

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