Izabelle Peterson, Megan Martin set Northern Michigan University track records in Grizzly Invitational win

Izabelle Peterson

ROCHESTER — The Northern Michigan University women’s track and field team broke two school records and posted an NCAA Division II national outdoor meet provisional mark as the Wildcats won the Golden Grizzly Invitational on Friday and Saturday.

Hosted by NCAA Division I Oakland University, the women’s meet featured a dozen teams with NMU scoring 163 to pull away from the host Pioneers, who had 150. Division I Detroit Mercy was a distant third with 62. Division I Central Michigan and fellow GLIAC members Wayne State, Saginaw Valley State and Davenport also participated.

For Northern, sophomore Izabelle Peterson, a Marquette Senior High School graduate, won the 200-meter dash in an NMU-record 24.49 seconds. Another former Redette, senior Shayla Huebner, was third in 24.97.

Wildcats junior Megan Martin won the 400 hurdles in a school-record 1 minute, 3.96 seconds, while senior teammate Lynsey Collins of Escanaba was third in 1:06.61.

The NCAA provisional qualifying mark came from Northern senior Michelle Juergen, who won the high jump in 5-feet-7 3/4.

Megan Martin

On Friday, NMU earned points in four events as junior Hanna Torvi highlighted the evening by winning the 3,000 steeplechase in 11:21.93 as sophomore teammate Elise Longley was fifth.

Also Friday, Northern picked up a trio of runner-up finishes — junior Katelyn Smith was second in the 5,000 in 18:30.05 with senior Abby Fifarek sixth, sophomore Laurie Alarie was second in the long jump with a leap of 16-3 3/4, and sophomore Dunja Drobac was runner-up in the javelin with a heave of 96-8.

NMU sophomore Nina Augsten won the seven-event heptathlon with 4,463 points, while freshman teammate Kelsie Sibbald of Barbeau was fourth with 3,817 and Maddie Campbell seventh.

In the heptathlon, Augsten won the long jump and javelin and was runner-up in the 800.

On Saturday, Northern won four other events.

Peterson won the 100 in 12.09 seconds, with junior Sydney McPeters third in 12.53, Alarie fourth in 12.57 and senior Jenna Long fifth in 12.62. Senior Paige Dutcher was seventh and Collins eighth.

Huebner won the 400 in 56.49 with junior Paige Du Bois fourth in 59.58.

The NMU 4-by-100 relay won in 47.82 with the team of McPeters, Alarie, Dutcher and Peterson, as did the 4-by-400 relay in 4:04.79 with Martin, McPeters, Dutcher and freshman Hannah Jones.

In the triple jump, Drobac was second with 34-4 3/4; in the 800, Jones was fourth in 2:22.68; in the discus, freshman Alyssa Rivest was third with 120-5 and freshman Ashtyn Buss of Engadine eighth; and in the shot put, Buss was third with 37-9 and Rivest fourth with 37-6 1/2.

Up next for the Wildcats is the Al Owens Classic hosted by Grand Valley State University in Allendale on Friday and Saturday.

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