Northern Michigan University women run away with St. Norbert track title

Avadon James

DE PERE, Wisconsin — The women’s track and field team at Northern Michigan University won the St. Norbert College Twilight meet held Thursday evening.

The Wildcats won 12 of 20 events against 10 other schools to earn their second team title in two tries this month. They won at the Viking Olympics at the start of the month and also won a majority of events at the nonscoring Bulldog Invitational last weekend.

“Today was another great day for the team,” NMU head coach Jenny Ryan said about Thursday’s meet. “We had many great performances again. Our preparations are going very well for the GLIAC Championships.”

Northern’s Avadon James and Ine Mylle each won two events, while Kieren Becker and Michelle Juergen posted NCAA Division II national meet provisional qualifying scores in their individual-event victories.

But the Wildcats were also bolstered by 10 runners-up and five third places. They totaled 254 points, 71 more than second-place St. Norbert.

Ine Mylle

James took the 100-meter dash in 12.19 seconds and 200 in 26.08, while Mylle won the 100 hurdles in 14.90 and triple jump with a leap of 38 feet, 8.25 inches.

Becker’s provisional and meet-winning time was 2:12.37 in the 800, while Juergen had a provisional and meet-winning leap of 5-6 in the high jump.

Becker also had a hand in a second win, joining Sydney McPeters, Taylor Thrush and Marquette Senior High School product Shayla Huebner in winning the 4-by-400 relay in 3:58.21.

Mylle added a runner-up finish in the 200 hurdles and James was part of the second-place 4-by-100 relay along with McPeters, Abby Christmas and Jenna Long.

These are NMU’s other winners, with their event and time or distance — Huebner, 400, 57.52; Megan Edic, 3,000, 10:30.61; Samanthia Johnson, discus, 156-9; Katelyn Smith, 5,000, 17:39.11; and Hanna Torvi, 3,000 steeplechase, 11:46.09.

Johnson also had a second place in the hammer throw, Juergen in the 100 hurdles and Long in the 100 and 200.

Other Northern runners-up were Abby Fifarek in the 3,000, Jessie Kushner in the javelin, Hannah Lonergan in the 1,500 and Jasmine Williams in the discus. Christmas added three third-place finishes and Dana Shove two.

Coming up for NMU is the two-day Al Owens Classic starting next Friday in Grand Rapids, followed by the GLIAC Championships also in Grand Rapids on May 4-5.

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