Feb. 18, 2011
MUNCIE, Ind.- The Northern Illinois women's track and field team concluded regular-season action Friday as several Huskies posted career-best performances at the Ball State Quadrangular in Muncie, Ind. The Huskies caught a glimpse of Mid-American Conference Championship action at the BSU Quads, facing competition from host Ball State, Miami (Ohio) and Western Michigan.
In a final tune-up before the 2011 Mid-American Conference Indoor Championships, NIU saw eight top-five performances and 14 Huskies record personal-best performances en route to a fourth-place finish at the BSU Quadrangular.
"We had some solid performances today," said NIU head track and field coach Connie Teaberry. "We have to fine-tune some things before MAC Championships, but we are continuing to move in the right direction. The girls continue to show determination, and their desire to improve is evident. We are extremely proud of the ladies efforts today."
The Huskies top performance of the afternoon came in the 4x400-meter relay, where the quartet of Jenelle McCalla, Rebecca Cronin, Chanel Kellyman and Rasheta Butler notched a second-place mark. The team finished the race in a time of 3:57.68.
Northern Illinois had three Huskies qualify for final-round action in the 60-meter dash in Janay Mitchell, Rhonda Lee, and Butler. Racing to a fourth-place finish Mitchell clocked in with a time of 7.83, while Lee finished fifth with a time of 7.85. Butler ran a time of 7.89 to finish seventh for the Huskies.
In the 200-meter dash, Kellyman and Brittany Smith each notched career-best performances. Kellyman ran a time of 25.85 to finish third, while Smith clocked in with a time of 26.56.
Racing to a third-place finish in the 800-meter run, Cronin ran a career-best time of 2:17.76. Cronin's time was one of five personal-best performances in the 800m. Kayla Stipp reached a personal-best time of 2:28.29, while Heather Childs ran a career-best 2:34.86. Kelsi Frank claimed a personal-best time of 2:35.18 and Jessica Troike earned a career-best 2:35.77.
Breanna Brevitt's personal-best time of 5:23.25 in the 1-mile run was a career-best for the Huskie. Claire McAuley also raced to a personal record in the 1-mile run with a time of 5:27.34.
The Huskies also saw a strong performance in the 3,000-meter run as every Huskie competing notched a career-best effort. Alexis Capps raced to a personal-best 11:18.88 and Katie Janssen ran a career-best 11:23.61 to finish seventh and eighth, respectively. Samantha McConeghey ran a time of 11:50.79 (10th), Jackie Sciacero clocked in with a time of 12:11.23 (11th), and Kathryn Downin finished the race in 12:5.79 (12th).
In the field events, Jenner Sio saw the Huskies top finish with a second-place finish with a leap of 37-05.00. Kelly Moser competed in the high jump, finish with a third-place leap of 5-03.00. Earning a personal-best performance in the pole vault, Darren Sio earned a mark of 7-07.75.
Deidra McIntosh, Lee and Jenner Sio competed in the long jump for the Huskies, finishing seventh, eighth and ninth, respectively. McIntosh leapt to a mark of 17-03.25, while Lee finished with a mark of 17-0.00 and Sio earned a 16-02.25 mark.
NIU will return to action next weekend as the Huskies gear up for the 2011 Mid-American Conference Indoor Championships, hosted by Bowling Green, Feb. 25-26 at the Perry Field House.