Jan. 25, 2014
MADISON, Wis. - The Northern Illinois University track & field team posted several top performances Saturday in Madison, Wis., as they notched 11 top five finishes at the Wisconsin Elite Invitational.
In addition to the numerous top finishes, Rebecca Cronin (Bartlett, Ill./Bartlett) captured first place in the 800 meters and eight Huskies recorded new personal records.
"We had some bright and dim spots during the competition," said NIU head coach Connie Teaberry. "WE have to take the mistakes made today, pick them apart and make corrections. We'll start with our competitive spirit and unwillingness to give up every week. We are very capable, but accepting defeat cannot be an option."
Cronin, who broke the school's 600 meter record last month, got her first event title of the 2014 indoor season with a tight win in the 800 meters. Facing Marquette's Nicole Ethier in a battle for first, the senior got to the line first with a time of 2:15.20, topping Ethier by a half-second. Her sister, Julianne Cronin, claimed third in the race with a time of 2:18.22.
Following a sensational debut last weekend at Illinois, Claudette Day (Belleville, Ill./Belleville East) continued to impress. In the 60 hurdles, the freshman scored a third-place finish with a season-best time of 8.88. In the long jump, Day posted a distance of 18-05.75 (5.63m) to claim third and move less than three inches away from the NIU record.
Fellow midseason addition Latesha Bigby (Hanover, Jamaica/Butler CC) also made her mark in the Dairyland. The Jamaican junior claimed fifth place in the 60 hurdles at 8.93, while coming just short in the 60 meters with a time of 7.87.
Bigby's best finish of the day, though, came in the 200 meters, where she clocked in at 26.10. Right behind her at the finish line was Alexandria Isom (St. Louis, Mo./Nerinx Hall) with a 26.24 clip.
Going back to field events, Sidra Sherrill (Fort Wayne, Ind./Northrop) kept her strong junior season going with a fourth-place performance in the shot put. The Huskie thrower reached 44-10.25 (13.67m) to beat out DePaul's Sarah Shappell.
For the distance group, Hannah Savage (Cedar Falls, Iowa/Cedar Falls) earned a third-place finish in the mile. The sophomore crossed the finish line with a time of 5:14.15.
NIU's top relay team of Isom, Cronin, Bigby and Cronin capped the day by taking fifth in the 4x400 relay. The quartet finished at a time of 4:06.21.
The Huskies cap off January in Bloomington, Ind., where they will run, throw and jump against some of the Midwest's best at the Indiana Relays. The meet begins Friday, Jan. 31, and runs through Saturday, Feb. 1.