By Journal Sports Staff
FINDLAY, Ohio On the first day of the GLIAC Championship Friday, the No. 15-ranked Northern Michigan University women's indoor track and field held sixth place.
The Wildcats tallied 15 team points and broke two school records at the Malcolm Athletic Center on the campus of Findlay (Ohio) University.
"We did pretty well on the first day," NMU coach Tom Barnes said. "I expected us to be around sixth heading into Saturday."
Junior Mallory Celaya broke the NMU school record and finished eighth in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 18:19.35.
Wildcat redshirt freshman Sherice Hewett also set a school mark, that coming in the 60-meter hurdles. She was one spot out of qualifying for the championship heat with a ninth-place time of 9.03 seconds.
Sophomore Jamie Roberts of Iron Mountain finished third in the pole vault with a jump of 12 feet, 5.5 inches, while seniors Melissa Christensen of Iron River and Bailey Franklin placed seventh and eighth, respectively, in the long jump (no distance available).
Junior Brooke Granquist of Powers came in seventh in the pentathlon. Christensen (ninth), junior Mariah Beaman (10th) and sophomore Katie Searles (11th) also participated in the event.
The Northern distance medley relay team placed seventh with a season-best 12:30.21 clocking. Freshman Larissa Halonen, senior Rachael Williams, sophomore Mandy Dye and junior Nora Kiilunen ran the event
Senior Catherine Angeli of Marquette and freshman Angelina Howard qualified for Saturday's 60-meter dash finals. Angeli also qualified for the 200-meter dash finals.