ALLENDALE, Mich. -- The Northern Michigan University Track & Field team took part in the Grand Valley State University Big Meet Friday and Saturday and came away with an eighth-place finish, placing ahead of eight NCAA Division I schools. The team also posted three NCAA provisionals and one individual victory in a talented field.
| FRIDAY NIGHT
The meet consisted of two separate meets with several student-athletes displaying success Friday night. Senior Michelle Juergen (Gau-Odernheim, Germany) highlighted the night by taking first place in the long jump with a winning jump of 18 feet 8 ¾ inches. Juergen also posted a jump of 5 feet 6 ½ inches to take third in the high jump. Both leaps gave her NCAA Provisionals.
Sophomore Dunja Drobac (Novi Sad, Serbia) placed seventh in the triple jump with a distance of 36'5 ¾.
The 4x400 meter relay team of junior Sydney McPeters (Sugarland, Texas), Junior Paige Du Bois (Green Bay, Wis.), senior Paige Dutcher (Williamston, Mich.) and senior Shayla Huebner (Marquette, Mich.) placed seventh with a time of 3:51.54. Dutcher also captured ninth place in the 400-meter dash by crossing the line in 57.45.
Huebner took 10th place in the 800-meter run, coming in at a time of 2:11.93 to post an NCAA Provisional time.
In the 60 meter hurdles, Nina Augsten (Koenigsbronn, Germany) posted a time of 9.10 seconds to take 13th. Sophomore Izabelle Peterson (Marquette, Mich.) also took 13th place in the 200-meter dash, notching a time of 25.34.
| MORE LEAPING SUCCESS
Juergen returned Saturday and continued her success. In the high jump, she posted a jump of 5'4½ while her leap of 38'1¼ inch in the triple jump gave her second place in both events.
Drobac took eighth in the triple jump with a jump of 34'9.
| 4x400-METER RELAY
The team of freshman Hannah Jones (Williamston, Mich.), senior Lynsey Collins (Escanaba, Mich.), junior Megan Martin (Hillsdale, Mich.) and freshman Sydney Ormsbee (Brighton, Mich.) teamed to post a time of 4:10.09 in the 4x400 relay. The time was good enough to put them in tenth place.
| A QUICK DASH
Peterson posted a time of 7.90 seconds to finish in eighth place in the preliminary race of the 60 Meter Dash, however she was unable to compete in the finals. McPeters posted a time of 7.98 seconds for 14th place.
| REACHING THE TOP 20
Collins finished with a time of 59.82 to take 19th place in the 400 Meter Dash. In the 800 Meter Run, Jones recorded a time of 2:21.02.
Augsten claimed 19th place with a time of 9.52 seconds in the 60 Meter Hurdles while the Distance Medley team of Du Bois, Dutcher, Huebner and sophomore Elise Longley (Bloomington, Minn.) posted a time of 12:35.75 to capture 18th place.
In the shot put, freshman Alyssa Rivest (Watertown, Wis.) had a throw of 38'7 to finish in 20th place.
| TEAM RESULTS
The Wildcats finished the meet in eighth place overall with 16 points, but were fifth among NCAA Division II schools. NMU placed ahead of eight NCAA Division I schools competing in the meet.
| NEXT UP
The team returns to action next weekend as they head to the Titan Challenge, hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.