Wildcats Improve National Standing at Dr. Keeler Invitational

Wildcats Improve National Standing at Dr. Keeler Invitational

NAPERVILLE, Ill.—Northern Michigan University Women's Track & Field wrapped up their regular season Thursday and Friday at the Dr. Keeler Invitational hosted by North Central College. The Wildcats sent five student-athletes in an attempt to improve national standings and qualify for the NCAA Division II Outdoor Championships.

In just her first season competing in track & field and fourth time running the 3,000-meter steeplechase, senior Vivian Hett (Burnsville, Minnesota) set a school record in the event with a time of 10 minutes, 43.11 seconds. Her second-place finish also improved her NCAA II provisional time, which now ranks 20th in the nation. 

Junior Shayla Huebner (Marquette, Michigan) also improved her NCAA II provisional time in the 800-meters. Her time of 2:11.22 was good enough for fourth at the meet and now ranks 32nd in the country. The time also moved Huebner into second-place in school-history for the event.

Senior Kieren Becker (Fowler, Michigan) turned in a top-five performance in a field of more than 60 competitors with a time of 4:34.94. Her top time this season sits at 4:32.05 and currently ranks 37th in the NCAA II.

In field events, the Wildcats earned a pair of top-five finishes in the triple jump and high jump. Senior Ine Mylle (Zonnebeke, Belgium) placed third in the triple jump, clearing 37 feet, 10.75 inches. Mylle's season best sits at 40'06.75" and is the 11th best mark in the country. In the high jump, junior Michelle Juergen (Gau-Odernheim, Germany) finished fifth with a height of 5'03.25".

The NCAA II Outdoor Championships are set to begin May 24 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The field for the three-day meet will be announced Tuesday afternoon top-20 nationally in individual events, top-16 in combined events, top-14 in relays receiving bids to compete. After those bids, the field will be rounded to 377 total athletes.

Another Wildcats in position to earn a bid to the national meet is senior Kameron Burmeister (Menominee, Michigan). Burmeister is ranked in the top-20 in a pair of events, including a 13th-place ranking in the 10,000-meter run and a 16th-place ranking in the 5,000-meter run.

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