March 27, 2014
AUSTIN, Texas/SAN MARCOS, Texas - The Northern Illinois University track & field team kicked off a busy weekend Thursday, as they competed at both the Texas Relays and the Bobcat Invitational.
"Our first day of competition yielded some great marks," said NIU head coach Connie Teaberry. "At Texas State, Tyra Bickham and Sidra Sherrill both had PR throws in the discus, just missing the auto mark for the MAC Championships, while out heptathletes had a good first day of competition. At Texas, Latesha Bigby gave a strong effort in the 400 hurdles for an automatic time for the MAC Championships and Jasmine Wilson stayed consistent in the javelin."
"If we continue on this path, the next two days will hold additional great performances."
With only two athletes competing on the first day at Texas, the Huskies made the most of the day with a pair of solid performances on the track and in the field.
Junior Latesha Bigby (Hanover, Jamaica/Butler CC) led the way in the 400 hurdles, as the Jamaican earned an automatic bid to the conference meet with a time of 1:01.87. Not only did Bigby clinch a MAC bid for the second time in as many weeks, but she came within 11-hundredths of a second of the NIU record set by Jenelle McCalla in 2010.
In the javelin, freshman Jasmine Wilson (Elmira, Ontario, Canada/Elmira) placed 13th with a toss of 126-00 (38.41m).
Just outside of Austin in San Marcos, Tyra Bickham (Blue Springs, Mo./Blue Springs) and Sidra Sherrill (Fort Wayne, Ind./Northrop) excelled in the discus, as each notched career bests in the event. Bickham tossed 152-10 (46.58m) to place eighth, while Sherrill threw 150-02 (45.77m) to end up in ninth.
Meanwhile, freshman Claudette Day (Belleville, Ill./Belleville West) leads through four events in the heptathlon. In addition, Logan Tillmon (Rockford, Ill./East) is in fifth, Michaela Dwyer (Arlington Heights, Ill./John Hersey) sits in eighth and Natalie Tarter (Batavia, Ill./Batavia) ranks ninth after the first day.
The competition continues in the Lone Star State tomorrow for the Huskies at Texas and Texas State, while the distance group will compete at the Raleigh Relays hosted by North Carolina State.