Jan. 23, 2010
DEKALB, Ill. -
Freshman Courtney Oldenburg set the pace for the Northern Illinois track and field team Saturday, when she recorded NIU's top-performance of the afternoon with a second-place finish in the 1-mile run at the Illinois Carle/Health Alliance Invitational in Champaign, Ill. Saturday. Oldenburg ran a personal-best time of 5:10.14 in the event.
NIU faced off against some of the best runners in the country Saturday, when the Huskies competed against No.19 Illinois, No. 33 Western Kentucky, Lincoln, Loyola, Miami (Fla.), Pittsburgh, SIU Edwardsville and Central Florida. Despite several top-ten finishes and multiple personal-best performances, the Huskies were unable able to edge out the tough competition as NIU finished ninth at the invite.
"We faced stiff competition today," head track and field coach Connie Teaberry said. "We were able to see which areas we perform very well in and which areas where we need to improve. All in all, the girls performed very well today."
Following Oldenburg's (West Salem, Wis./West Salem) lead, Jenelle McCalla (Whitby, Ontario/Father Leo J. Austin) raced to a time of 1:41.06 to finish eighth in the 600-meter run. Breanna Brevitt also notched an eighth-place performance when she ran the 3,000-meter run in a time of 10:55.48.
Competing in the 400-meter dash Brittany Houghton (Freeport, Ill./Dakota) recorded an eighth-place finish with a time of 1:00.91. Houghton joined forces with Rochelle Muskeyvalley, Roneisha Frye and Megan Gregory in the 1-mile relay. The Huskies took home seventh-place with a time of 4:03.71.
In the field events, Jenner Sio
(Rockford, Ill./Christian Life), Kelly Moser
(Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield North) and Tiffany Wallick
(Fisher, Ill./Fisher) each notched a top-ten performance. Sio took ninth in the triple jump with a mark of 11.23 meters. In the high jump Moser leaped to a mark of 5-01.00 (1.55m) to finish sixth, while Wallick competed in the shot put, taking home ninth with a mark of 39-11.25 (12.17m).
Jessica Johnson, Heather Childs (Downers Grove, Ill./North/Tampa) and Kathryn Downin (Roscoe, Ill./Hononegan) all recorded personal- best marks at the invite. Setting a career best in the 60-meter dash, Johnson crossed the finish line in a time of 8.03. Childs and Downin each set personal bests in the 800-meter run. Childs ran the race in a time of 2:35.73, while Downin finished closely behind with a time 2:38.95.
NIU will continue its indoor season next weekend as the Huskies travel to Kenosha, Wis. to compete in the Carthage College "Tadd Metzger Invitational" Jan. 30.