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NMU’s Roberts third in NCAA pole vault

Hewett takes eighth in triple jump

May 26, 2012
By Journal Sports Staff ( , The Mining Journal

PUEBLO, Colo. - A pair of Northern Michigan University track and field athletes finished in the top 10 at the NCAA Division II Women's Championships on Friday.

Sophomore Jaime Roberts of Iron Mountain finished third in the pole vault behind a pair of fellow GLIAC athletes from Grand Valley State.

Roberts cleared the bar when it was set at 12 feet, 7 1/2 inches, tying her with Lakers' second-place finisher Jocelyn Ruksa and fourth-place Kayla Caldwell of Hillsdale.

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Northern Michigan University's Jamie Roberts of Iron Mountain competes in the pole vault on Feb. 18 in Marquette at the Superior Dome during the Northern Challenge. On Friday, Roberts finished third in the event at the NCAA Championships in Pueblo, Colo. She was part of a three-way tie for second-through-fourth with athletes from Grand Valley State and Hillsale, coming in third based on total misses. (Journal file photo by Matt Keiser)

Roberts was awarded third because she missed her first jump of the day at the opening height of 11-9 3/4 before clearing it on a second try.

Ruksa passed on the opening height, but was clean on the next two marks.

Caldwell also passed on the opening height, but then had three more faults along the way.

GVSU's Kristen Hixson won the event by clearing 13-7 1/4, actually passing on every height and not making her first attempt until it was at 13-3 3/8.

Northern freshman Sherice Hewett finished eighth in the triple jump with a leap of 40-04 3/4 while Kearah Danville of New Mexico Highlands won with 43-3 3/4.

Both finishes earned Hewett and Roberts NCAA All-American honors. Hewett was an indoor All-American in the winter while Roberts is now a two-time outdoor All-American after taking third at the NCAA Championships last year as a freshman.

Northern sits in 17th place after 41 events with seven points while GVSU leads the meet with 56 points.

Today, NMU senior Bailey Franklin is scheduled to compete in the high jump competition, which was moved up to 12:30 p.m. EDT due to weather conditions.



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