Last-chance NCAA qualifying this weekend for Northern Michigan University women’s indoor track team

MARQUETTE — The indoor season is winding down for the Northern Michigan University women’s track and field team with the postseason up soon.

A select number of Wildcat athletes are going to Wisconsin-Oshkosh on Saturday to attempt to earn NCAA provisional status or improve their current national qualifying marks.

The GLIAC Championships are next up for rest of the team on Feb. 23-24 at Grand Valley State University. And the 2017 NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field Championships are set for March 9-10 in Pittsburg, Kansas.

NMU senior Kameron Burmeister of Menominee owns a pair of D-2 provisional marks in the 3,000- and 5,000-meter runs. She clocked 9 minutes, 53.86 seconds at the Pointer Invite on Feb. 3 at Wisconsin-Stevens Point for her qualifying mark in the 3,000, ranking her 21st in the country. She’s 14th in the 5,000 after a 16:54.9 effort last weekend, a career best and NMU record, at the loaded GVSU Big Meet.

Another provisional qualifier last weekend was sophomore Katelyn Smith when she ran the 34th-best time in the country of 17:32.08 in the 5,000, second-best in Northern history.

A third provisional earned last weekend was by junior Michelle Juergen in the high jump, adding two inches to her clearance at 5 feet, 6 inches for the 18th best mark in the country.

Another provisional came for senior Ine Mylle in the triple jump, with a combined leap of 38-2, making her 30th in the country.

A number of other Wildcats have found their way to the top of the NMU record books this winter. Freshman Nina Augsten set the fastest 60 hurdles time in school history, 8.97 seconds, on Saturday in what was only a fifth-place finish in the loaded GVSU field.

The 4-by-400 relay team of sophomore Sydney McPeters, junior Lynsey Collins of Escanaba, junior Paige Duther and junior Shayla Huebner, a Marquette Senior High School graduate, has neared the school record on multiple occasions this winter and is second in the NMU record book with a converted time of 3:56.29.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is sbrownlee@miningjournal.net.