Feb. 14, 2014
ALLENDALE, Mich. - It was a lovely day for the Northern Illinois University track & field team Friday at Grand Valley State, as the Huskies broke a school record and three personal records at the GVSU Big Meet.
Junior Meghan Heuer (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles North) set a new NIU record in the mile, while Ali Olson (New Auburn, Wis./Bloomer) and Hannah Savage (Cedar Falls, Iowa/Cedar Falls) each posted new PRs in the same event.
"This was an exciting day for our middle distance group," said NIU assistant coach Greg Hipp. "I'm really proud of how Meghan, Ali and Hannah executed their races. Meghan's school record puts her ahead of the greatest distance runner in NIU history. I know she has her eye on a few more records and now she has the confidence to go after them."
Heuer placed fourth in the invitational section of the mile with a time of 4:51.35. The time topped the old school standard of 4:54.18 set by Alicja Czajka in 2003, while also topping her previous career best by over six seconds.
Sophomores Olson and Savage had equally impressive performances. Olson beat her PR by five seconds with a run of 4:57.09 to place 13th. Meanwhile, Savage took 21st place with a time of 5:01.82, easily beating her previous career-best of 5:14.15.
Two other Huskies - Leah Raffety (Machesney Park, Ill./Harlem) and Juliane Totzke (Graefenroda, Germany/Carl Zeiss Gymnasium) - also ran Friday at Grand Valley. Raffety placed 28th in the invitational 5000 meters with a time of 17:52.90, while Totzke ran 10:19.73 in the invitational 3000 meters to also claim 28th.
NIU continues with their weekend action Saturday with action at two meets. While the distance group keeps going at GVSU, the rest of the team will compete at Purdue's Fred Wilk Boilermaker Invitational beginning at 10 a.m. CT.