Feb. 22, 2013
MAC Indoor Day One Results
YPSILANTI, Mich. - The Northern Illinois track & field team got off to a promising start Friday at the Mid-American Conference Indoor Championships by advancing three Huskies to finals.
Janay Mitchell, Megan Gregory and Jamie Burr all moved into Saturday's finals, while the distance medley relay team of Ali Olson, Julianne Cronin, Burr and Meghan Heuer got the Huskies' first points of the meet. As a team, NIU sits in 10th place.
"The ladies showed a lot of heart today," said NIU head coach Connie Teaberry. "Almost every lady had a season or personal-best performance, or did what they needed to advance to the finals. We asked them to leave it all on the track and they did. We have put ourselves in good position for tomorrow's events, but again execution is a must."
Mitchell recorded the fastest time in the 60 meters prelims, clocking in at a career-best time of 7.53 to beat out Kent State's Katie Reiser by less than one-hundredth of a second. The senior Huskie also outraced Toledo's Amber Brown by three-hundredths of a second to win the first heat. In the 200 meters, Mitchell placed ninth, coming less than one-tenth of a second short of advancing to the finals.
Gregory advanced to the finals in the 60 hurdles with a 8.69 run, placing sixth overall. The Chicago native easily beat Eastern Michigan's Alysha Newman for second place in the first heat, trailing only top-seeded Vanessa Clerveaux of EMU.
Jamie Burr blasted her personal record in the 800 meters with a time of 2:12.86 to take third in the preliminaries. The sophomore took second in the first heat and came just over one second away from matching top seed Aisha Hodge of Western Michigan.
NIU got on the board courtesy of the quartet of Olson, Cronin, Burr and Heuer in the distance medley relay. The quartet placed eighth with a time of 12:04.27 for the first Huskie point of the meet.
Other personal-best performances came from Ellen Renk and Michaela Dwyer. Dwyer set a new career best by scoring 3,236 points. However, the sophomore came just short of scoring for the Huskies with a ninth place finish. For Renk, she leaped 17-08.25 (5.39m) in the long jump to take 13th place.
The meet continues tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. CT. The first Huskie up will be freshman Ida Burbulla, who competes in the high jump at 11 a.m. CT. Running events commence at 12:15 p.m. CT when Meghan Heuer hits the track for the mile.