Northern Michigan University women’s track 2nd at Tiffelberg Open

TIFFIN, Ohio — The Northern Michigan University women’s track and field team finished as runner-up while winning six individual events on Saturday at the Tiffelberg Open that was hosted by Tiffin and Heidelberg universities.

NMU scored 162 points, second only to Tiffin’s 191 in this 11-school meet. Cedarville was third with 98 1/2, while Findlay was fourth with 66.

Northern junior Hanna Torvi won the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 11 minutes, 20 seconds, while sophomore teammate Elise Longley was second in 11:53 and NMU freshman Katrina Salmen was third in 12:27.

Freshman Anna Kelley won the 1,500 in 4:54.73, while senior Abby Fifarek took the 5,000 in 18:38.20.

In shorter races, Wildcats sophomore Lauren Alarie claimed the 100 in 12:40 seconds and junior teammate Megan Martin won the 400 hurdles in 1:04.41.

And in the field, sophomore Dunja Drobac won the triple jump with a leap of 35-feet-3 1/4, while senior teammate Michelle Juergen was runner-up in the high jump, clearing 5-6 1/4 to earn an NCAA Division II national meet provisional qualifying mark. Juergen was also second in the long jump, leaping 17-5 1/4.

On the same day, the Wildcats sent a number of athletes to the Hilltoppers Relays hosted by Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Senior Shayla Huebner, a Marquette Senior High School graduate, won the 800 with a NCAA Division II provisional mark of 2:11.30.

The Wildcats come back to Michigan on Friday and Saturday to participate at the Golden Grizzly Invitational hosted by Oakland in Rochester.