Wildcats hurdle the competition


Michelle Juergen and Ine Mylle compete in hurdles Saturday at Marrquette Superior Dome. Photo by: Lindsey Eaton

Kara Toay

Northern Michigan University’s Track & Field team hosted their only home meet of the season at the Superior Dome on Saturday, Jan. 20.

The team took the top spot at their second meet of the season, with many victories for the team.

Senior Kameron Burmeister took the top spot in the 5,000 meters, finishing in 17:13.83, five seconds shy of beating her personal record of 17:08.59. Sophomore Katelyn Smith took second with a time of 17:52.15, and now sits second all-time at NMU with her performance. Junior Abby Fifarek took third place with a time of 18:35.90.
Senior Samanathia Johnson took the top spot in weight throw with a toss of 53 feet 11 inches. Johnson also took the top spot in shot put, with a throw of 35 feet four inches.Johnson said she felt she did well in the event and can see the progress from her training.

“I won both of my events and PR’d in one, so that was pretty good, but I still have a lot of stuff to work on,” Johnson said.

There were many others who took home top spots, including sophomore Sydney McPeters, who entered the record book in the 400 meter with her time of 1:00.85, leading to a victory in the event. Junior Lynsey Collins and freshman Annicka McDonald also placed in the event, taking second and third.

Head coach Jenny Ryan said it felt great to win at their only home meet.

“It’s always good to win at home and show the local community how strong the team is,” Ryan said.

Ryan added she was happy with the results since there was a month break where athletes were training on their own.

“It was good to come back and see where they were at this point and see what we need to work on,” Ryan said.

Ryan also stated that it looks like they have a strong team this year.

“It”ll be exciting to see what we can do indoors and continue on into outdoors. It’s a great group of young women, and I’m excited to see what they can do this season,” Ryan said.

The team will be back in action on Jan. 27 to 28 when they travel to Saginaw Valley State University for the Jet’s Pizza Invitational.