Leslie Luehmann and Krista Squiers put in record-breaking efforts last weekend as they competed in the Stevens Point Invitational in Stevens Point, Wis.
Luehmann broke her own record as she won the long jump with a distance of 18-feet-1.5 inches. The distance also put her on the provisional list to compete at the Division II National Championships. Luehmann set the previous school record of 17-feet-11.75 inches on Feb. 11 in the NMU open at the Superior Dome.
A provisional cut is a time or distance an athlete has to make in order to be considered for a spot at the national championships. NMU head coach Tom Barnes said that once an athlete is on the provisional qualifiers list it depends on how many athletes get accepted to compete in the National Championships. Barnes said he thinks Luehmann is ranked around 19th on the list currently.
“She has a real good shot at going to nationals, and she’s going to get about six more attempts to improve on her jump this weekend at conference,” Barnes said.
Squiers placed sixth in the weight throw with a distance of 48-feet 8.75 inches. Squiers had previously held the NMU record with a distance of 46-feet 9 inches.
Northern took only two athletes to this weekend’s meet to give the rest of the team a chance to rest before the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) indoor championships.
Barnes said he had Squiers and Luehmann compete this weekend because he wanted to give them an additional chance to make a qualifying distance.
The GLIAC indoor championships are this Friday and Saturday in Findlay, Ohio. NMU will face tough competition in the GLIAC meet.
“Hopefully by the end of the weekend we can have some more provisional qualifiers after conference,” Barnes said.