Six Wildcats win events at Northern Challenge track and field meet

MARQUETTE – Six athletes from the Northern Michigan University women’s track and field team claimed victory on Saturday afternoon against Michigan Tech, Lake Superior State and Wisconsin-Superior in the Northern Challenge at the Superior Dome in Marquette.

“We did a great job competing today, especially going into next the conference championship next week,” said NMU head coach Cheree Hicks about the GLIAC Indoor Championships in downstate Allendale.

“We had a lot of girls earn their personal records, or come close, which is right where we want to be at this point in the season.”

The Wildcats won two prints, three distance runs and a field event while placing athletes in the top three spots in 11 of the 14 events.

Sophomore Brittni Wirtz beat out teammate Sydney Schultz in the 55-meter dash while senior Colby West took first in the 400 dash in 59.55 seconds.

“Colby West certainly stuck out today,” Hicks said. “She has earned her personal record twice in the past two weeks in both the 200 and 400.”

Sophomore Katie Granquist won the 800 run in 2:21.33, sophomore Larissa Halonen won the 1,600 run convincingly in 5:25.52 and junior Mallory Celaya took first in the 3,000 run in 10:35.15.

Senior Delaney Lovett was the lone winner in the field events, hitting 10.82 meters in the triple jump.

“Our performance today has given us the confidence going to GLIACs knowing we’re right at our peak,” Hicks said.