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Wildcats close 2nd in track

April 2, 2012
The Mining Journal

MARQUETTE - The Northern Michigan University outdoor track and field team narrowly missing winning Saturday at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh First Chance Meet.

The Wildcats won 11 events, scored 235 points and broke a school record. UW-Oshkosh had just two more points, 237, to win the meet.

NMU junior Mallory Celaya broke the record, winning the 5,000-meter run in 18:23.44. Junior Rita Woitas was third, sophomore Chelsea Farquhar fourth and junior Brittany Loomis fifth in that event.

Eight Wildcats were in the top nine in the 800 run, led by senior Rachael Williams' winning time of 2:26.99. Sophomore Katie Granquist was second, sophomore Alicia Romano third, freshman Catlin Keskey fourth, sophomore Kristina Mattson fifth, freshman Abby Roche sixth, junior Kristina Donley eighth and freshman Kailey Sickmiller ninth.

Senior Catherine Angeli won the 100 in 12.33 seconds and 200 in 25.36. Freshman Angelina Howard was second in the 100, while redshirt freshman Sherice Hewett was third in the 200. Hewett won the 100 hurdles in 15.43 and senior Melissa Christensen was second.

Sophomore Sydney Schultz took home the 400 in 1:02.11, while junior Colby West was second.

Junior Nora Kiilunen took the 1,500 in 4:55.43 with freshman Larissa Halonen the runner-up. Freshman Olivia Howard and freshman Emily Allen were second and third in the 3,000.

Northern's 4-by-100 relay team won with Howard, Angeli, freshman Samara White and Hewett clocking 48.43 seconds.

Senior Bailey Franklin won the high jump with a leap of 5 feet, 4.25 inches as Christensen was third. Sophomore Jamie Roberts won the pole vault by clearing 12 feet.

Junior Mariah Beaman was first in the javelin throw with 100-1 and was third in the long jump. Sophomore Katie Searles was second in the javelin and sophomore Shannon McNabb third.

The 'Cats head back to Wisconsin Thursday for the St. Norbert Invitational in suburban Green Bay.



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