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Three Wildcats selected for NCAA track championship

May 17, 2012
By Journal Sports Staff , The Mining Journal

MARQUETTE - Three NCAA indoor all-Americans will represent Northern Michigan University at the NCAA Women's Outdoor Track and Field Championships next weekend in Pueblo, Colo.

The 6,500-seat Neta and Eddie DeRose Thunderbowl will host the three-day event to include Wildcat senior Bailey Franklin, sophomore Jamie Roberts of Iron Mountain and redshirt freshman Sherice Hewett.

All are competing in field events - Franklin in the high jump, Roberts in the pole vault and Hewett in the triple jump.

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"Bailey, Jamie and Sherice are well prepared and peaking at the right time," NMU track and field coach Tom Barnes said. "They're going to do their best against some tough competition.

"Hopefully we can do as well as we did at the indoor championship."

Franklin will compete in her final meet as an NMU athlete at 5:30 p.m. EDT on May 26. She broke the school record in the high jump earlier this season at 5 feet, 8.75 inches, which is eighth best in the nation in NCAA Division II this season.

"We're going to miss Bailey after this season," Barnes said. "She always steps up in the big meets and has helped our program grow tremendously.

"Bailey has been easy to coach. She's a good student and teammate and has a very bright future."

Roberts was an All-American at last year's outdoor championships, clearing a school-record height of 12-8.25 to finish third. She is ranked sixth in the nation this season at 12-8. The pole vault is at 7:10 p.m. on May 25.

Hewett is the GLIAC champion in the triple jump with a school- and GLIAC-record jump of 41-0.25. Heading into the NCAAs, she is ranked seventh. The triple jump is at 7:15 p.m. on May 25.



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