Jan. 31, 2014
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Northern Illinois University track & field team notched several superb performances Friday at the Indiana Relays, including seven top 10 finishes.
In addition to the high finishes, four different Huskies recorded new personal records inside the Gladstein Fieldhouse.
"The first day of competition resulted in several competitive performances," said NIU head coach Connie Teaberry. "Our distance athletes, Ali and Meghan, had huge PRs. Claudette and Latesha both advanced to the semifinals of the 60 hurdles and should run faster tomorrow. Overall, the staff is pleased with the events contested thus far."
Latesha Bigby (Hanover, Jamaica/Butler CC) continued to shine with two PRs on day one. The freshman placed seventh in the 60 hurdles with a time of 8.82, allowing her to advance to tomorrow's semifinals in the event. In addition, the Jamaican leapt 18-02.50 (5.55m) in the long jump to earn a sixth-place finish.
Bigby will be joined in the 60 hurdles semifinals by teammate and fellow freshman Claudette Day (Belleville, Ill./Belleville West), who placed 12th in the prelims at 8.97. Running in the fifth heat, the two Huskies took second and third place, trailing only top qualifier Sharika Nelvis of Arkansas State.
In the 200 meters, A'Iesha Irvin-Muhammad (East St. Louis, Ill./St. Elizabeth Academy) got back to the track following a week off and ran a 25.66 to place seventh. Meanwhile, Tahtyana Peer (Milwaukee, Wis./King) was two spots behind in ninth place with a 25.73 clip.
Ali Olson (New Auburn, Wis./Bloomer) crushed her career-best mark in the mile, as she ran 5:02.45 - over eight seconds better than the previous PR - to place fifth. Fellow distance runner Meghan Heuer (St. Charles, Ill./North) blasted her career-low time by almost 13 seconds, running 9:59.93 to finish eighth in the invitational section of the 3000 meters.
Indiana native Sidra Sherrill (Fort Wayne, Ind./Northrop) made the most of her return to her home state, placing eighth in the shot put with a distance of 46-08.75 (14.24m). Additionally, freshman Tyra Bickham (Blue Springs, Mo./Blue Springs) set a new career best with a mark of 43-07.00 (13.28m) to tie for 21st.
NIU continues their stay in the Hoosier State tomorrow with day two of the Indiana Relays. The meet starts at 8:30 a.m.