Jan. 30, 2010
DEKALB, Ill. - The Northern Illinois women's track and field team boasted 13 first-place finishes at the Carthage College Tadd Metzger Invitational in Kenosha, Wis., as the Huskies won Saturday's invitational with 244 points. Carthage College (148) and Saint Xavier (56) rounded out the top three schools at the invitational.
"The coaching staff is extremely proud of our athletes," head track and field coach Connie Teaberry said. "The girls competed very hard and earned not just first and second place finishes but multiple personal best times and marks. The girls came in calm and confident and that translated into a great performance."
NIU raced to a great start at the invitational, when the Huskies took home the top-three spots in both the 55-meter dash and 200-meter dash. Rhonda Lee (Flint, Mich./Carman-Ainsworth) broke a 31-year old school record in the 55-meter dash, when she raced to a first-place time of 7.16 seconds. Lee's time broke the previoes record of 7.24 set by Cheryl Johnson at the Eastern Illinois Invitational in 1979.
Rasheta Butler (Chicago, Ill./Percy L. Julian) set a personal-best record in the 200-meter dash with a first-place time of 25.82.
Racing to a first-place finish of 8.44 in the 55-meter hurdles, Megan Gregory (Chicago, Ill./Plainfield North) broke a NIU school-record in the event. Gregory now holds the NIU 55-meter hurdles and the 60-meter hurdles record.
The Huskies finished first and second in the 400-meter dash, when Camille Smith (Calumet City, Ill./Seton Academy) claimed first place with a time of 1:00.73 and Brittany Houghton raced to a second-place time of 1:01.07. Jenelle McCalla (Whitby, Ontario/Father Leo J. Austin) won the 600-meter run with a time of 1:41.89. Recording a personal-best mark in the 800-meter run, Courtney Oldenburg (West Salem, Wis./West Salem) crossed the finish line in a first-place time of 2:21.65.
(South Bend, Ind./Riley) and Amanda Trancoso
(Rock Falls, Ill./Newman Catholic) represented NIU in the 1,000-meter run as the Huskies finished first and third, respectively. Shaw finished the event in a personal-best time of 3:08.19 while her freshman teammate clocked in at 3:21.21.
In the 1-mile run Breanna Brevitt (Dixon, Ill./Dixon) and Jessica Troike (Tuscola, Ill./Tuscola) each recorded personal-best finishes. Brevitt placed third in the event with a time of 5:29.86, while Troike finished eighth with a time of 5:50.41.
The Huskies notched a season-best performance in the 4x400 meter relay when they finished the race in a time of 4:00.57. Butler, McCalla, Rochelle Muskeyvalley (Rock Island, Ill./Rock Island) and Brittany Houghton (Freeport, Ill./Dakota) comprised the relay team that took home first place. The Huskies also earned a season-best finish in the distance medley relay, finishing the event in a first-place time of 12:39.29.
NIU carried its success into the field events, as four Huskies recorded first-place finishes in their respective events. Jenner Sio (Rockford, Ill./Christian Life) won the triple jump with a personal-best mark of 37-06.50, while Tiffany Wallick (Fisher, Ill./Fisher) garnered a first-place performance in the shot put with a throw of 40-04.25. Teammate Mary Bull (Peoria, Ill./Lewiston) finished second in the shot put with a personal-best mark of 39-08.50.
NIU took the top five spots in the long jump. Deidra McIntosh (Rockford, Ill./Christian Life) and Houghton tied for first with leaps of 18-01.00, while Muskeyvalley finished third with a finish of 17-11.50. McIntosh and Muskeyvalley each recorded personal-best performances in the event. Earning a personal-best performance in the high jump, Kelly Moser earned a second-place finish of 5-03.25 in the event.
"The girls showed a tremendous amount of heart today," said Teaberry. "They brought intensity into the competition and it showed in their results. They did a great job today and they have a lot to be proud of."
The Huskies will take a week off from competition, before returning to action Feb. 12-13 when the Huskies will travel to Ames, Iowa to compete in the Iowa Classic.