Wildcats set new marks in dome meet


The Northern Michigan University women’s track and field team hosted its lone home meet of the year last Saturday; fast times and new NMU records were produced in the unscored meet.

Danielle St. Onge captured the 55-meter dash with a time of 7.45. NMU had the top four runners in the 200 dash. Stephanie Boyer won the event (26.36) as she was followed by Britnee Balbierz (26.51), Kaylee Laakso (26.52) and St. Onge (27.07).

Boyer (59.61) and Laakso (59.67) were the top two runners to break the tape in the 400 dash. Danielle Stein won the mile with a clocking of 5:18.67. Michele Bisig won the 3,000-meter run with a time of 10:53.03.

Natalie Bertucci set a new NMU record in the prelims with a clocking of 8.52 and won the 55 hurdles with a time of 8.68 in the finals. Leslie Luehmann was second in the hurdles as she had a time of 8.69.

The 4×400 relay of Balbierz, Erin VanEnkevort, St. Onge and Boyer won the event with a time of 4:13.17.

In the field events, Luehmann set a new NMU record in the long jump with a leap of 17-11.75 to win the event. In the pole vault, Karin Diebold and Paris Malin tied the NMU record of 10-00.00.

Luehmann took the long jump (17-11.75) and finished second in the triple jump (34-11.00). Krista Squiers won the weight throw with a throw of 46-03.50.

The team will be back on the track this Saturday (Feb. 16) at the St. Scholastica Invite in Duluth, Minn.