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Wildcats named All-Americans

NMU concludes indoor track season

March 12, 2012
By Journal Sports Staff , The Mining Journal

MANKATO, Minn. - All three of Northern Michigan University's participants in the 2012 NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships earned All-American status as the Wildcats finished 14th out of the 47 women's teams that scored over the weekend at Minnesota State-Mankato.

NMU senior Bailey Franklin finished third in the high jump on Saturday to become an All-American for the second year in a row by clearing 5 feet, 8.75 inches. Last year Bailey was an All-American in the triple jump.

NMU redshirt freshman Sherice Hewett took Franklin's spot as an All-American in the triple jump this year by leaping 39-9.75 to finish sixth overall. It was her second best jump of her career.

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Barbara Szabo of Western State won the high jump with a jump of 6-1.25. Amanda Ouedraogo from Abilene Christian won the triple jump, clearing 42-1.5 inches.

NMU's GLIAC rival Grand Valley State won the women's national championship with 94 points.

"Both Bailey and Sherice did great under pressure," Barnes said. "It was an exciting day with close competitions."

On Friday, sophomore Jamie Roberts of Iron Mountain finished sixth in the pole vault to become an All-American by clearing 12-5.5. She finished third in the event a year ago.

"Coming home with three All-American is just awesome," NMU coach Tom Barnes said. "We represented NMU very well this weekend in the field and with good sportsmanship."

The NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships signals the end of the Wildcat women's indoor season. The outdoor season begins this weekend for NMU in San Diego.



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