NMU track and field: Stewart breaks GLIAC, Wildcats triple jump record

HILLSDALE – Northern Michigan University senior Cheyenne Stewart broke the conference and school record in the triple jump on Sunday at the GLIAC Indoor Track and Field Championships to win the event and lead Northern to a sixth-place finish at Hillsdale College.

Stewart’s jump of 40 feet, 5 inches earned her All-GLIAC honors and automatically qualified her for the NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships March 14-15 in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Stewart also earned All-GLIAC honors by finishing third in the long jump (18-3.25).

“It’s a wonderful feeling to watch things come together for the team,” NMU head coach Cheree Hicks said. “The coaching staff and I could not possibly be any happier for and prouder of the young women on our team.

“At our first meeting I asked the team how they wanted to represent Northern Michigan as the track and field representatives for our school. They said they wanted to finish in the top half of the conference and above where we finished last year. They not only answered with their words, but with their actions. They are excited and pumped for outdoor season.”

NMU junior Ebony Young earned All-GLIAC honors by finishing third in the triple jump (38-5.5) and fourth in the long jump (17-11.5).

Wildcats junior Christina Toogood finished third in the 800 meter run (2 minutes, 13.81 seconds) to be named All-GLIAC while junior Brittni Wirtz earned honorable mention All-GLIAC accolades by finishing sixth in the 60 meter dash (7.73 seconds). The mark was an NCAA provisional qualifying mark.

Grand Valley State won the GLIAC men’s and women’s indoor track and field titles with the women scoring 159 points. The rest of the top five women’s teams included Ashland (112.5), Findlay (75), Hillsdale (59) and Tiffin (55), with NMU scoring 40 for sixth.