Northern Michigan University’s Shayla Huebner, Kameron Burmeister set track and field marks

Shayla Huebner

DULUTH, Minnesota — The Northern Michigan University women’s track and field team began its indoor season at the aptly named The Opener on Saturday, winning a number of events while setting a school record and earning an NCAA Division II national meet qualifying mark in the process.

Junior Shayla Huebner, a Marquette Senior High School graduate, improved on the 600-meter run NMU record she already holds, clocking 1 minute, 36.77 seconds. She finished second at the meet, .03 of a second behind the winner.

Another past Upper Peninsula track standout set a provisional mark for the NCAAs. Three-time All-American senior Kameron Burmeister of Menominee clocked 17:26.50 in the 5,000, beating the NCAA standard by four seconds.

Senior Kieren Becker won the 3,000 in 10:45.03, with teammate Kaline Pfannenstiel second and NMU’s Elise Longley third.

Junior Jenna Long finished third to lead three Wildcat finishers in the top 5 of the 60. Freshman Izabelle Peterson of Marquette was fourth and sophomore Sydney McPeters fifth.

Kameron Burmeister

In field events, Northern picked up two victories.

Senior Samanthia Johnson won the weight throw by nearly a foot with a heave of 53 feet, 1.75 inches, a career best for her by nearly 14 inches, while junior Michelle Juergen won the high jump after clearing 5-5, four inches better than the runner-up and two inches shy of her career best.

Juergen also finished third in the long jump in 17-3.5.

Some other top-5 finishes for the Wildcats included freshman Annicka McDonald finishing second in the 800 and the 4-by-400 relay team of Huebner, Collins, Allie Stalboerger and Paige Du Bois finishing runners-up.

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