Feb. 28, 2014
2014 MAC Indoor Championships - Day One Results
KENT, Ohio – The Northern Illinois University track & field team opened the Mid-American Conference Indoor Championships in a positive way Friday by breaking three school records, scoring points in two events and advancing individuals to finals in three others.
Freshman Claudette Day (Belleville, Ill./Belleville West), Latesha Bigby (Hanover, Jamaica/Butler CC) and the quartet of Ali Olson (New Auburn, Wis./Bloomer), Julianne Cronin (Bartlett, Ill./Bartlett), Hannah Savage (Cedar Falls, Iowa/Cedar Falls) and Meghan Heuer (St. Charles, Ill./North) added their names to the Huskie record book in the long jump and distance medley relay, respectively. As a team, the Huskies sit in eighth place with 11 points.
"We had some very bright spots and some disappointments, but we still inked several points on the first day," said NIU head coach Connie Teaberry. "Latesha Bigby led the day with the highest pentathlon finish in NIU history, while Claudette (Day) and Logan (Tillmon) had personal best finishes. We had several personal records, while our DMR smashed the school record with Ali Olson, Julie Cronin, Hannah Savage and Meghan Heuer giving us additional points."
"With these accomplishments, the staff is pleased, but definitely expecting a lot more tomorrow."
NIU capped their day in a big way with a record-breaking performance in the distance medley relay, as Olson, Cronin, Savage and Heuer teamed up to run 11:35.03 and place fourth. Not only did the Huskies place fourth and break the school record set two seasons ago, but their mark also topped the Kent State Field House's facility record.
The Huskies got on the board early with two scorers in the pentathlon. Bigby placed fourth with 3,835 points to break the school record by nearly 600 points. Day recorded 3,580 points for an eighth-place showing and broke the school record in the long jump at 18-09.25 (5.72m). Fellow freshman Logan Tillmon (Rockford, Ill./East) placed 12th with a score of 3,243.
That duo of Bigby and Day also advanced to the 60 hurdles finals with two personal-record performances. Bigby ran 8.59 for the second-fastest time in the prelims, while Day posted an 8.74 clip to earn a spot in tomorrow’s final. Destini Artis (Country Club Hills, Ill./Hillcrest) also set a PR with a time of 8.88, but did not move on to the finals.
Bigby continued her Friday dominance in the 60 meters, as she placed third in the prelims with a PR and team-best time of 7.61. Meanwhile, freshman A’Iesha Irvin-Muhammad (East St. Louis, Ill./St. Elizabeth Academy) just missed the cut when she placed 10th with a run of 7.73.
Wrapping up the sprints, Irvin-Muhammad took 16th in the 200 meters at 25.14, while Tahtyana Peer (Milwaukee, Wis./King) was 17th behind a 25.24 clip and Alexandria Isom (St. Louis, Mo./Nerinx Hall) ran 26.04 to place 19th. Additionally, Isom ran a personal-best time of 59.58 in the 400 meters to claim 20th.
In the 800 meters, Rebecca Cronin (Bartlett, Ill./Bartlett) advanced to tomorrow’s final with a time of 2:10.56 to place fifth. Meanwhile, her sister, Julianne, ended up in 16th with a 2:16.53 clip.
Juliane Totzke (Graefenroda, Germany/Carl Zeiss Gymnasium) finished 15th in the 5000 meters, crossing the finish line at 17:49.50. Leah Raffety (Machesney Park, Ill./Harlem) was not far behind, running 17:58.72 to place 18th.
In NIU’s lone field event of the day, Day placed 13th in the long jump at 17-09.00 (5.41m).
The competition continues tomorrow inside the Kent State Field House beginning at 10 a.m. with the shot put. Running events are slated to begin at 12:35 p.m. with the mile.