Luehmann off to fast start in the heptathlon at Hillsdale College


NMU junior Leslie Luehmann broke two school records competing in the heptathlon at the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Multis on Wednesday, April 23.

At press time, Luehmann was in first place in the competition, an event comprised of: the 100-meter hurdles, 200-meter dash, 800-meter run, long jump, high jump, shot put and javelin.

“Leslie has worked hard and is in great shape. She’s got a lot of focus and it’s not a surprise to me she is doing as well as she is,” NMU head coach Tom Barnes said Wednesday night.

In Wednesday’s first event, Luehmann broke the NMU record in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 15.29 seconds. She then followed that performance with a 5 foot 4.5 inches jump in the high jump–her second school record of the day.

Luehmann achieved personal best in the final two events of the day, throwing 36 feet in the shot-put and running a 26.22-second 200-meter dash.

Tomorrow, Luehmann will try to hold on to the top spot in the competition as she competes in the javelin, long jump and 800-meter run.

“She’s a real strong long jumper and javelin thrower, and she’ll do well enough in the 800 (meter run),” Barnes said. “I think she has a real chance at winning.”

Last year, Luehmann finished 6th in the competition.

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