The Northern Michigan University track and field team competed at the Rex Foster Open in Whitewater, Wis. on Sunday (April 6) placing in fifth with 93 points. The University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh won the meet with 151.5 points.
"This was a great meet to see where we are performance wise as a team," said head coach Cheree Hicks. "We had some good performances for the early part of the season."
Junior Brittni Wirtz and freshman Avadon James placed first and second, respectively in the 100 meter dash. Wirtz won the race finishing in 12.15 seconds, while James clocked a 12.17. Wirtz added a second place (25.54) in the 200 while James was third (25.59). James' finishes were both personal bests.
Senior Cheyenne Stewart won the long jump and triple jump. Stewart won the long jump with a distance of 5.57 meters. Stewart's distance of 12.10 meters in the triple jump improved her provisional mark and an outdoor season personal best.
NMU's Samanthia Johnson placed fourth in the discus throw with a throw of 40.27 meters.
Junior Larissa Halonen was the top NMU runner in the 1,500 meter, finishing in third place (4:50.00) with a personal best while sophomore Catherine Swiderski was eighth. Junior Olivia Howard finished fifth in the 5,000 meter run with a personal best time of 18:27.25. Freshman Shannon Flynn (13:06.37) and redshirt freshman Abby Roche (13:22.15) placed fifth and sixth, respectively in the 3,000 steeplechase.
Sophomore Jaylee Brown placed fourth (2:26.45) in the 800 meter run posting a personal best. Junior Caitlin Keskey was fifth in the event with a time of 2:30.21. Senior Sydney Schultz was eighth in the 400 with a time of 1:00.57 and also placed 16 th in the 200 while senior Kellisha Harley was 17th.
The 4 x 100 relay team of Wirtz, James, Harley and Schultz finished in second with a time of 49.25.