MARQUETTE, Mich.—Northern Michigan University Women's Track & Field will host their lone home meet of the season on Saturday. The Northern Challenge will take place in the Superior Dome beginning at 12:30 p.m.
The Wildcats traveled to the Opener hosted by the College of St Scholastica to begin their indoor campaign. NMU was led by senior Michelle Juergen (Gau-Odernheim, Germany) who recorded NCAA II provisional time in the high jump and long jump. She set the program record in the long jump with a distance of 18 feet, 8.00 inches which currently ranks 17th in the NCAA II this season. After clearing 5'06.00" in the high jump, Juergen has the 15th-best mark in the country.
In her first collegiate track event, freshman Anna Kelley (Minneapolis, Minnesota) was the top finisher in the 3,000-meter run. She was the only other Wildcat to record a victory when she crossed the finish line in 11 minutes, 10.10 seconds. She was followed by two more NMU runners in Aubrey Friedrich (Lockport, Illinois) and Katrina Salmen (Peshtigo, Wisconsin).
A number of other Wildcats also made splashes in the program record book after the first meet of the season. 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.
Two more 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.
The Northern Challenge is the second event of the indoor season for the Wildcats. Field events will start at 12:30 p.m. in the Dome, while the running events are scheduled for 1:30.