Northern Michigan University track athletes set 2 NCAA national meet provisional marks

Ine Mylle

BIG RAPIDS — Though team scores weren’t kept, the Northern Michigan University women’s track and field team dominated by winning 12 of 19 events at the Bulldog Invitational held at Ferris State University on Saturday.

Two relays were winners, while six Wildcats combined to nab 10 individual event victories.

“I’m very happy with our effort at the meet,” NMU head coach Jenny Ryan said. “It was great to win almost every event, and we had two big NCAA provisional marks.

“Overall, we had a great day, and I’m excited with our team’s performance this early in the season.”

Northern’s Ine Mylle won the triple jump with a distance of 40 feet, 5.50 inches, seventh best in NCAA Division II this season.

Jasmine Williams

And teammate Jasmine Williams improved her NCAA provisional mark to 157-5 with her win in the discus.

Mylle also won the 100-meter hurdles in 15.35 seconds and Williams added a victory in the hammer throw in 168-4.

Also doubling up in individual events were the Wildcats’ Kieren Becker, taking the 800 in 2:17.96 and 1,500 in 4:37.00; and Avadon James, who won the 100 in 12.35 seconds and 200 in 26.02.

James actually added a third win as part of the Wildcats’ victorious 4-by-100 relay in 48.75 seconds and was joined by Abby Christmas, Jenna Long and Sydney McPeters.

McPeters and Marquette Senior High School product Shayla Huebner had their own double victories as each was on the winning 4-by-400 relay in 3:59.52 along with Paige Dutcher and Lynsey Collins.

Huebner also took the 400 in 57.40 seconds and Katelyn Smith won the 3,000 in 10:11.86.

Runner-up finishes were turned in by Kameron Burmeister in the 5,000, Michelle Juergen in the high jump and Jessie Kushner in the javelin; while thirds were taken by Dutcher in 400, Long in the 100 and 200, Samanthia Johnson in the hammer throw and Smith in the 1,500.

Northern competes at the St. Norbert College Twilight meet on Thursday in De Pere, Wisconsin.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is