MARQUETTE, Mich.—Northern Michigan University Women's Track & Field will travel to North Central College for their Dr. Keeler Invitational Thursday and Friday. The meet will be the last opportunity for the Wildcats to improve their national standing before the NCAA II Outdoor Championships set for late May.
NMU competitors are ranked nationally in the top-50 of seven different events. Senior Kameron Burmeister (Menominee, Michigan) leads the group with a pair of NCAA II provisional times during the outdoor campaign. She is ranked 13th in the 10,000-meter run and ranked 15th in the 5,000-meters.
The top ranked Wildcat is senior Ine Mylle (Zonnebeke, Belgium) who owns an NCAA II provisional in the triple jump. She is ranked 11th in the country after earning the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference title in the event a week ago, clearing 40 feet, 6.75 inches.
Joining the team after the conclusion of the Nordic skiing season, senior Vivian Hett (Burnsville, Minnesota) is ranked 27th in the country in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Hett was second team All-GLIAC after finishing with an NCAA II provisional time of 10:52.69.
NMU's relay team of sophomore Sydney McPeters (Sugarland, Texas), junior Lynsey Collins (Escanaba, Michigan), junior Paige Dutcher (Williamston, Michigan), and junior Shayla Huebner (Marquette, Michigan) sit at 32nd nationally. Their time of 3:49.15 at the GVSU Al Owens Classic is also the top time in program history.
In mid-distance events, senior Kieren Becker (Fowler, Michigan) is ranked 37th in the 1,500-meter run, while Huebner is 40th in the 800-meters. Becker earned her NCAA II provisional of 4 minutes, 32.05 at the GVSU Al Owens Classic with Huebner finishing her race at the "GINA" Relays in 2:12.44 to earn and NCAA II provisional.
The top-20 nationally in individual events, top-16 in combined events, top-14 in relays will receive bids to the NCAA II Championships. After those bids, the field will be rounded to 377 total athletes.
The Dr. Keeler Invitational will begin Thursday with field events at noon (EDT) with running events will begin at 6:30 p.m. (EDT). On Friday, the meet resumes at 3 p.m. (EDT) with the remainder of field events with the running events scheduled for 4:30 p.m. (EDT).