Guenther Records Career High, Two Titles at Mega Meet

GO HUSKIES Meagan Guenther earned wins in the shot put and weight throw, Saturday.
Meagan Guenther earned wins in the shot put and weight throw, Saturday.

Jan. 19, 2008

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CHARLESTON, Ill. - Meagan Guenther won the weight throw and the shot put, recording two of Northern Illinois' 13 individual top-ten finishes at the Eastern Illinois Mega Meet, Saturday.

"We continued to build off our progress we made last week," NIU head women's track and field coach Connie Teaberry said. "The girls gave a great effort."

Guenther (Highland Park, Ill./Highland Park) used a career-best 59'04.75" launch in the weight throw to take the win. Her throw was nearly five feet longer than the event's runner up, Angel Canada of Illinois State. The competition was closer in the shot put, where Guenther's 45'01" mark edged second-place finisher Kandace Arnold's (Eastern Illinois) throw by just an inch-and-a-half. Huskie Cora Caulfield (Fox Lake, Ill./Grant) also performed well in the shot put, placing third with a toss of 43'10.50".

Meghan Ginter (Aurora, Ill./Waubonsie Valley) and Stacey Rosch (Carol Stream, Ill./Glenbard North) both recorded top-10 times in the 3,000m. The pair finished eighth and ninth, respectivley, with Ginter's time of 10:55 just five seconds in front of Rosch.

Middle distance runner Carolyn Vasquez (Arlington Heights, Ill./Hersey) finished eighth in the 600-meter dash. In the 1,000 meter run, freshman Sunsea Shaw (South Bend, Ind./Riley) recorded a time of 3:17.80, good for seventh place, and fellow freshman Breanna Brevitt (Dixon, Ill./Dixon) also earned a top-10 finish, clocking-in 10th with a time of 3:23.64.

"Both Sunsea and Breanna raced well considering they're coming off cross country season, and have had just two weeks to acclimate to the track," Teaberry said.

In the field, Brittany Houghton's (Freeport, Ill./Dakota) 17'02.75" mark in the long jump earned her a fifth place finish, and Shoshanna Brown (Plainfield, Ill./Romeoville) finished fourth in the triple jump with a trio of bounds worth 37'01.75".

High jumpers Elizabeth Berquist (Toddville, Iowa/Alburnett) and Jessica Statler (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Cedar Rapids Prairie) equaled one another with marks of 5'06". Berquist's earned third for her jumps, while Statler finished two places behind in fifth due to accumulating more misses.

The Huskies return to action January 26 at the Carle/Health Alliance Invitational in Champaign, Ill.



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