Michael Benson: April 2013 Archives
Track & Field: Northern Illinois closed out their regular season over the weekend with a busy three meet schedule. At the Penn Relays, the Huskies got a MAC auto bid from Sidra Sherrill in the shot put, while Janay Mitchell solidified her spot in the 100 meters. Meanwhile, NIU got strong showings at West Chester and UW-Whitewater. Men's Tennis: Northern Illinois saw their season come to an end as they hosted the 2013 MAC tournament. The Huskies advanced to their first title match since 2004 when they upset No. 1 Ball State, 4-2, Friday. Their run ended Saturday, though, when they fell to Western Michigan, 4-3.
Everybody inside the NIU Athletic Department will be dressing a little less formal Wednesday, April 24, as they take part in "Denim Day." The initiative is hosted by the Victim Advocacy Services of the Women's Resource Center and Sexual Assault Awareness Month to honor victims and survivors of sexual assault.
Began in 1999 in Los Angeles, Denim Day has spread throughout the country as a way to fight back against sexual violence in the Untied States and across the world. The day also helps fight misconceptions about sexual assault.
Track & Field: Northern Illinois dominated the competition at the Huskie Open with nine event titles. Megan Gregory (100 hurdles, 200 meters), Janay Mitchell (100 meters), Ida Burbulla (high jump), Sidra Sherrill (shot put), Alex Schad (long jump) all earned wins, along with the 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams. Out west at the Beach Invitational, Meghan Heuer earned an automatic bid to MACs in the 800 meters. Men's Tennis: Northern Illinois closed out their regular season Sunday with a big 4-3 win over Buffalo. The win helped secure NIU a spot in next weekend's MAC Championships, which the Huskies host.
Northern Illinois graduate student and Huskie Media
Relations graduate assistant Michael Benson will compete in ESPNU's newest
sports trivia show Wednesday as a contestant on UNITE: The Schwab.
A regular segment of the nightly "UNITE" show on
ESPNU, the UNITE: The Schwab contest is hosted by ESPN sports trivia guru Howie
Schwab and UNITE host Reese Waters. Each week, college students from across the
country are quizzed in four categories - pro sports, college sports, pop
culture and social media - for a chance to advance in the tournament bracket. Benson's appearance airs Wednesday, April 10
at 11 p.m. CT on ESPNU.
Benson will represent Northern Illinois in the
Mid-American Conference round of the competition. The winner from Wednesday's
round will advance to the semifinals against conference champions from around the
nation, including the Big Ten, SEC, ACC and Big 12.
"It would be great to say that I am a MAC
champion," Benson said. "Not too many people can claim that distinction,
granted it is a sports trivia contest and not an actual sport. It's a lot of
fun and I'm excited to represent my family and NIU."
A native of Morrison, Ill., Benson is a graduate
student in NIU's sport management program and serves as the primary media
contact for the Huskie cross country, wrestling and track & field teams.
Track & Field: Northern Illinois took third place at the Chicagoland Championships in Romeoville, Ill. Natalie Tarter, Sidra Sherrill and Megan Gregory each claimed event titles for the Huskies, while Tarter's 4,206 points in the heptathlon set a new school record.
Baseball: The Huskies moved to 4-2 in MAC play this weekend with a three-game sweep of Akron in Avon, Ohio. The series began Friday with a tight 4-3 win courtesy of two runs in the top of the ninth. NIU got another one-run win Saturday with a 2-1 win behind Eli Anderson's complete game performance. Northern got the sweep on Sunday by crushing the Zips, 14-4. Track & Field: Northern Illinois had several strong performances over the weekend at the Texas Relays and Raleigh Relays. Megan Gregory and Meghan Heuer each clinched MAC automatic qualifying marks to highlight the split-squad weekend.