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’Cats break records, sit 3rd at GLIACs

May 4, 2012
By Journal Sports Staff , The Mining Journal

ALLENDALE - Northern Michigan University broke two school records and rests in third place after the first two days of the three-day GLIAC Championship women's track and field meet held at Grand Valley State.

The Wildcats collected seven top-10 finishes and have 28 points heading into today's finals. Host GVSU leads with 77 and Ashland has 63.

Senior Bailey Franklin cleared 18 feet, 6 inches to break an NMU long jump record, place fourth and earn provisional qualifying for the NCAA national championships.

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The other school record was broken by redshirt freshman Sherice Hewett in the 100-meter hurdles in 14.43 seconds, good for eighth place in the preliminary round and a shot at the finals.

Other top finishes for the Wildcats included sophomore Jamie Roberts of Iron Mountain in second place in the pole vault, clearing the bar at 12-8 to improve her provisional qualifying mark for the NCAAs.

In the 3,000 steeplechase, junior Mallory Celaya was fourth in 11:17.40, while senior Melissa Christensen of Iron River finished fifth in the heptathlon with 4,509 points - another NCAA finals provisional qualifying score.

Christensen also finished in a tie for fifth in the long jump, while junior Mariah Beaman was sixth in the javelin with 109-6 and sophomore Katie Searles was 10th in the javelin.

Senior Catherine Angeli of Marquette qualified for the finals in two events, finishing fourth in the preliminaries of the 200 and seventh in the 100.

In the 800, senior Rachael Williams finished one spot out of qualifying in 10th.



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