MARQUETTE, Mich.—Northern Michigan University Women's Track and Field will compete in a pair of meets to begin their outdoor campaign this week. The Wildcats will compete in the St. Norbert Twilight Meet on Thursday before competing in the Raleigh Relays hosted by North Carolina State University Friday and Saturday.
Going into the outdoor season, NMU will be led by a pair of indoor All-American in senior Kameron Burmeister (Menominee, Michigan) and junior Shayla Huebner (Marquette, Michigan). Burmeister earned her fourth career All-America award after placing 11th in the 5,000-meters at the NCAA Division II National Championships. Huebner became the 10th All-American in program history with her first honor after a 10th-place finish in the 800-meters.
A year ago, the Wildcats sent six athletes to the NCAA II Outdoor National Championships including Burmeister, senior Kieren Becker (Fowler, Michigan), and senior Ine Mylle (Zonnebeke, Belgium). Becker finished 15th in the 1,500-meter run at last year's national meet, while Mylle was 16th in the triple jump.
Three more Wildcats and a pair of relay teams earned NCAA II provisional marks during the indoor campaign and will look to build off that success during the outdoor season. The 4x400-meter and distance medley relay teams both earned provisionals. The 4x400-meter team own the school record after a time of three minutes, 49.19 seconds at the GLIAC Championships, while the DMR also broke the school record at the same meet with a time of 12:01.23.
Sophomore Holly Blowers (Marquette, Michigan) earned a provisional in the 800-meters and now sits third in the indoor record book for the 800-meters. Sophomore Katelyn Smith (Gaylord, Michigan) ran the second fastest time in school history in the 5,000-meters at the GLIAC Championships en route to an NCAA II provisional. In the high jump, junior Michelle Juergen (Gau-Odernheim, Germany) earned a provisional at the GLIAC Championships and also owns the second-best indoor height in school history.
The St. Norbert Twilight Meet will take place Thursday with field events starting at 2 p.m. and running events to follow at 4:30 p.m. The meet will take place on the campus of St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin. The Raleigh Relays will begin Friday at 9:45 a.m. on the campus of NC State before concluding on Saturday with the final event set for 4:20 p.m.