Burmeister now a GLIAC track champion

Northern Michigan University's Vivian Hett, left, and Hanna Torvi, right, flank Grand Valley State's Hanna Groeber after they took the top three spots in the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase at the GLIAC Championships outdoors track and field meet in Ashland, Ohio, on Thursday, May 3, 2018. Groeber won the event, beating out Hett by about 11 1/2 seconds as Torvi took third and all three earned All-GLIAC honors. (Photo courtesy NMU)

ASHLAND, Ohio — Kameron Burmeister has had a storied career running track and field and cross country at Northern Michigan University.

But one honor had eluded the Wildcats senior from Menominee until Thursday — winning a GLIAC track outdoor title.

Burmeister took care of that when she dominated the 10,000-meter run at the GLIAC Championships that conclude their three-day run today at Ashland University.

She clocked 36 minutes, 5.47 seconds to defeat the field by more than a minute and a half en route to All-GLIAC First Team honors.

She also missed the GLIAC meet record by about 16 1/2 seconds that was set by Ferris State’s Racheal McDonald in 2017.

This was the Wildcats’ first GLIAC outdoor meet victory since Jasmine Williams won the discus in 2015.

Two other Northern athletes also earned all-conference honors in the 3,000 steeplechase. Senior Vivian Hett finished runner-up in 10:52.69, improving her NCAA Division II national meet provisional qualifying time. Sophomore teammate Hanna Torvi was right behind Hett in third in 11:18.54.

Hett earned All-GLIAC Second Team and Torvi Third Team awards, the first of their NMU careers.

They helped NMU hold down third place with 32 points at the 11-school women’s meet. Grand Valley State leads with 67 and host Ashland has 51. Davenport is fourth with 29, followed by Tiffin with 24, Wayne State 21, Michigan Tech 16, Saginaw Valley State 15, Northwood 14, Ferris State 3 and Lake Superior State 1.

Northern freshman Nina Augsten finished fifth in the heptathlon with 4,338 points, the fourth-highest total in NMU history. During the seven-event discipline, she broke her own school record in the 100 hurdles in 14.47 seconds, also winning that event.

Junior teammate Michelle Juergen was fifth in the long jump, leaping 18 feet, 1.5 inches, while freshman Megan Evilsizer was 14th in the discus with 94-0.

Augsten and five teammates also advanced to today’s finals in a number of running events after qualifying heats were held Thursday.

Augsten made it to the 100 hurdles, while junior and Marquette Senior High School graduate Shayla Huebner won her heat in the 800.

Junior Jenna Long was fifth in the 200 and seventh in the 100, senior Kieren Becker third in the 800, junior Paige Dutcher third in the 400 and freshman Annicka McDonald seventh in the 400.

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