Wildcats Begin Indoor Season at the Opener

Wildcats Begin Indoor Season at the Opener

MARQUETTE, Mich.—Northern Michigan University Women's Track & Field is set to begin their 2018-19 season this weekend in Duluth, Minnesota. For the fifth-consecutive season, the Wildcats will begin their indoor campaign at the Opener hosted by the College of St. Scholastica.

The top returner for the Wildcats will be senior Shayla Huebner (Marquette, Michigan) who received All-America honors in the 800-meters during last year's indoor season. At the NCAA Division II Championships, Huebner ran the second-fastest time in school history for the meet to become the 10th All-American in program history. She broke indoor records in the 600-meters, 4x400-meter relay, and the distance medley relay as a junior.

Fellow senior Michelle Juergen (Gau-Odernheim, Germany) earned all-region accolades during her indoor campaign as a junior. She received the honor after clearing five feet, six inches in the high jump at the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championships. Also competing in the long jump, Juergen moved into third-place in NMU history for the event.

Along with Huebner and Juergen, two more Wildcats received provisional times in their respective events. Junior Holly Blowers (Marquette, Michigan) had the 40th-best time in the country in the 800-meters and the third-fastest in Wildcat history. Junior Katelyn Smith (Gaylord, Michigan) also ranked 40th in the NCAA Division II but in the 5,000-meters. She finished the season with the second-fastest time in program history.

Both the 4x400-meter relay and distance medley relay teams also earned NCAA Division II provisional times last season and broke the school records. The 4x400-meter relay team was ranked 22nd in the country all four student-athletes return to this year's team in junior Sydney McPeters (Sugarland, Texas), senior Lynsey Collins (Escanaba, Michigan), senior Paige Dutcher (Williamston, Michigan), and Huebner. The DMR will return their first three legs in Blowers, Dutcher, and Huebner.  

Field events are set to begin Saturday at 11 a.m. with running events to begin at 11:30 a.m. The Opener is the first of six regular season meets during the indoor campaign. The GLIAC Championships will be held February 23-24 at Saginaw Valley State University. The NCAA Division II National Championships will be held in Pittsburgh, Kansas on March 8-9.

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