Wildcats with three all-conference honors during day two of GLIAC championships

ASHLAND — Northern Michigan University Women’s Track & Field earned three all-conference honors on the second day of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championships. After the first two days of competition, the Wildcats sit at third in the team standings with 32 points.

Senior Kameron Burmeister (Menominee, Michigan) became a GLIAC champion for the first time in her career, taking the top spot in the 10,000-meter run. Finishing with a time of 36 minutes, 5.47 seconds, Burmeister defeated the field by more than a minute en route to First-Team All-GLIAC honors. It is the first outdoor conference title for the Wildcats since Jasmine Williams won the discus crown in 2015.

A pair of Wildcats earned all-conference accolades after their performance in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Senior Vivian Hett (Burnsville, Minnesota) improved her NCAA II provisional standing with a second-place finish and a time of 10:52.69. Sophomore Hanna Torvi (St. Paul, Minnesota) was not far behind, crossing the finish line in third with a time of 11:18.54. Hett’s Second-Team All-GLIAC honor and Torvi’s Third-Team award were both the first of their careers.

Competing in the heptathlon both Wednesday and Thursday, freshman Nina Augsten (Koenigsbronn, Germany) finished fifth with 4338 points. Her total is the fourth most in school history, while she broke her own school record in the 100-meter hurdles during the event. Her time of 14.47 seconds was the best in the heptathlon field.

Two more events were completed on Thursday including junior Michelle Juergen (Gau-Odernheim, Germany) finishing fifth in the long jump. Juergen cleared a distance of 18 feet, 1.5 inches to earn the finish. Freshman Megan Evilsizer (Clinton Township, Michigan) competed in the discus, finishing 14th with a toss of 94’00.00″.

Six Wildcats advanced to the finals in at least one event highlighted by two competitors in the 400-meter and 800-meter runs. Junior Paige Dutcher (Williamston, Michigan) and freshman Annicka McDonald (Windsor, Connecticut) both advanced in the 400-meters with the third and seventh-fastest times respectively. Junior Shayla Huebner (Marquette, Michigan) and senior Kieren Becker (Fowler, Michigan) both advanced in the 800-meters. Huebner won her heat, while Becker had the third-fastest preliminary time.

Junior Jenna Long (Suamico, Wisconsin) advanced to Friday’s finals in a pair of spring events. She had the fifth-fastest time in the 200-meter dash prelims and the seventh-fastest in the 100-meter prelims. Also advancing to the final events on Friday was Augsten in the 100-meter hurdles

The final day of competition will be Friday with field events beginning at 10:45 a.m. and running events beginning at 12:10 p.m.

Courtesy: Northern Michigan Athletics