Jan. 7, 2012
LAWRENCE, Kan. - The Northern Illinois track & field team took home three event titles, while freshman Jamie Burr broke the school record in the 1000m run Saturday at the Bill Easton Classic.
Roneisha Frye (60m hurdles), Rebecca Cronin (600 yards) and Burr all won their events inside the Anschutz Pavilion, while NIU earned 15 top-five finishes on the day - 10 of which came in sprint events.
"The girls competed well today," said Huskies head coach Connie Teaberry. "We have a long way to go, but our start is promising. Our goal was to compete hard despite our competition condition. We definitely did have performances to build on today, though."
Burr, who was competing in the first collegiate meet of her career, eclipsed the NIU record in the 1000m run with a time of 2:59.50 to win the event by over six seconds. The Onalaska, Wis., native's clip topped the previous record of 3:00.51, which was set by former Huskie great Alicia Czajka in 2005.
Frye's win, meanwhile, was much closer, as she topped Kansas's Rebecca Neville by one-thousandth of a second to take the victory. Not far behind was Megan Gregory, who finished in third place with a time of 8.85.
For Cronin, she took her second event title in as many meets with a win in the 600 yards, crossing the finish line with a time of 1:26.12.
Janay Mitchell and Chanel Kellyman also excelled on the track with a pair of top-five finishes in sprint events. Mitchell, who broke the NIU record in the 60m dash last month, led the Huskies with a third place finish in that event and a fifth place showing in the 200m. Kellyman, on the other hand, finished fourth in the 60m and third in the 200m.
In the 4x400m relay, NIU took two of the top four positions. The quartet of Rasheta Butler, Kellyman, Mitchell and Cronin took second place with a time of 4:00.01. Erica Miller, Erin Milner, Julianne Cronin and Jenelle McCalla ended up in fourth place at 4:08.53.
The Huskies took three top-five finishes in field events. Jenner Sio took fourth place in the triple jump with a distance of 37-11.25 (11.56m), while Kelly Moser finished fourth in the high jump at 5-03.00 (1.60m). Freshman Sidra Sherrill earned a fourth place finish in the shot put, reaching a length of 41-07.75 (12.69m).
NIU returns to action next Saturday, Jan. 14, when they head to the Illini Open in Champaign, Ill.