Wirtz, Williams lead ‘Cats

UNIVERSITY CENTER – Two Northern Michigan University track and field athletes posted provisional national qualifying times Sunday as the GLIAC Indoor Championships wrapped up.

The Wildcats scored 19 points to finish 11th out of 16 teams at the two-day event hosted by Saginaw Valley State University.

“We had a great second day,” NMU head coach Jenny Ryan said. “For a small and mostly young team, we had some very good results and some performances that are promising for the future. I was very proud … they competed hard against some of the best in the country.”

Senor Brittni Wirtz finished third in the 60-meter dash, breaking her own school record of 7.66 seconds and earning NCAA provisional qualifying. NMU junior Avadon James was seventh in the event in 7.78. A day earlier Wirtz set the record at 7.72 and James also had 7.78.

Sophomore Jasmine Williams posted her own provisional qualifying mark in the shot put with a throw of 13.28 meters (43 feet, 7 inches) to finish ninth.

Freshman Ine Mylle was fourth in the triple jump with a distance of 11.22 meters (36-10), junior Jasmine King finished seventh in the triple jump with a leap of 10.80 meters (35-5), and freshman Kameron Burmeister came in 10th in the three-kilometer run in 10:12.68.

On Saturday, Burmeister was sixth in the 5,000 in 17:28.50 while Mylle was eighth in the pentathlon, which consists of the 60 hurdles, high jump, shot put, long jump and 800 run, accumulating 3,072 points.

NMU await selections to be made for the NCAA Indoor Championships to be held March 13-14 in Birmingham, Alabama. The Wildcats then open their outdoor season on April 4 at the Wisconsin-Oshkosh Open.