DULUTH, Minn.—Northern Michigan University Women's Track & Field opened up their indoor season Saturday afternoon when they traveled to the College of St. Scholastica to compete in the Opener. The Wildcats earned victories in three events to open the new campaign.
| LEADING THE WAY
Senior Michelle Juergen (Gau-Odernheim, Germany) got off to a fast start to begin her senior campaign as she captured a pair of victories and NCAA Division II provisional standards. She cleared a distance of 18 feet, eight inches in the long jump to for her provisional mark which also set a program record that had stood since 2012.
Also earning a victory in the high jump, Juergen cleared 5'06.00" in the event to pick up her second NCAA Division II provisional for the day. The height was one inch shy over her career-best in the event.
| DISTANCE WIN
In her first collegiate track event, freshman Anna Kelley (Minneapolis, Minnesota) was the top finisher in the 3,000-meter run. She crossed the finish line in 11 minutes, 10.10 seconds to pace the field and earn her career victory.
Two more Wildcat freshman rounded out the top-three of the event in Aubrey Friedrich (Lockport, Illinois) and Katrina Salmen (Peshtigo, Wisconsin). Friedrich was runner-up with a time of 11:28.26 while Salmen was third with a finish of 11:35.38.
| RECORD WATCH
A number of Wildcats made a climb up the program record book with their performance on Saturday. In the 60-meter dash, sophomores Izabelle Peterson (Marquette, Michigan) and Lauren Alarie (Highland, Michigan) finished second and third with times of 7.82 and 7.93 seconds. Peterson's time makes her fifth-fastest in Wildcat history while Alarie is now 10th. Peterson also moved up in the 200-meters after her time of 25.95 and runner-up finish. The performance moves her into second-place in program history.
A pair of Wildcats are now in the top-10 of the school 600-meter record. Junior Paige Du Bois (Green Bay, Wisconsin) finished third on Saturday with a time of 1:39.83. That time puts her at fourth in the NMU record book. Freshman Hannah Jones (Williamston, Michigan) was sixth in the event on Saturday, and her time of 1:41.56 puts her at seventh in Wildcat history.
In field events, freshman Madison Campbell (Baddeck, Nova Scotia) turned in a third-place finish in the high jump. She cleared 5'01.00" to move her into fifth-best in school history. Sophomore Dunja Drobac (Novi Sad, Serbia) is now fifth all-time at NMU in the triple jump after she finished second on Saturday with a distance of 36'08.25"
A trio of Wildcat relay teams competed in the 4x400-meter relay with the top group finishing second. The top finishing NMU team was made up of senior Lynsey Collins (Escanaba, Michigan) senior Jenna Long (Suamico, Wisconsin), Du Bois and senior Paige Dutcher (Williamston, Michigan) The group finished second in the event with a time of 4:03.60 which is the sixth-fastest in the NMU record book.
| OTHER TOP-10'S
Nina Augsten | 60-meter Hurdles | 9.44 | 2nd
Long Jump | 16'10.00" | 3rd
Shayla Huebner | 600-meters | 1:38.98 | 2nd
Jenna Long | 200-meters | 26.53 | 2nd
Lynsey Collins | 600-meters | 1:41.54 | 5th
Alyssa Rivest | Shot Put | 36'00.75" | 5th
Lauren Alarie | Long Jump | 16'03.00" | 6th
Paige Dutcher | 200-meters | 26.86 | 9th
Sydney McPeters | 600-meters | 1:43.26 | 9th
| NEXT UP
The Wildcats will have a long break before their next competition. After the semester break, NMU will host the Northern Challenge, their lone home meet of the season, on January 19 in the Superior Dome.