March 28, 2014
AUSTIN, Texas/SAN MARCOS, Texas - The Northern Illinois University track & field team continued their extended weekend Friday with a school record-setting performance and several new personal records.
Freshman Claudette Day (Belleville, Ill./Belleville West) broke the school record in the heptathlon at Texas State's Bobcat Invitational, while four personal records fell.
"Our standout performance came from Claudette Day," said NIU head coach Connie Teaberry. "She is extremely talented and her best is yet to come. Latesha Bigby ran under the auto MAC qualifying time in the 100 hurdles again, while the sprint medley relay gave a strong effort. Our ladies have to continue to compete if we want to continue moving in the right direction."
In San Marcos, Day topped the NIU heptathlon standard with 4,741 points, tying Louisiana-Lafayette's Kaitlyn Moreau for first place in the event. After winning the high jump on day one, the freshman opened with a first-place finish in the long jump, then capped it with top-five showings in the javelin and 800 meters. In addition to Day, Logan Tillmon (Rockford, Ill./East) took seventh in the heptathlon with 4,234 points, while Michaela Dwyer (Arlington Heights, Ill./John Hersey) finished 13th at 3,569 points.
Latesha Bigby (Hanover, Jamaica/Butler CC) led the way on the track, as she placed eighth in the 400 hurdles with a time of 1:04.80. Brittany Smith (Cincinnati, Ohio/Withrow University) placed 17th in the 100 meters at 12.24, while Alexandria Isom (St. Louis, Mo./Nerinx Hall) ran 12.37 for 21st place. Isom also placed 30th in the 400 meters at a 1:02.15 clip.
Up the road in Austin, the Huskies' 4x100 relay team of Smith, A'Iesha Irvin-Muhammad (East St. Louis, Ill./St. Elizabeth Academy), Tahtyana Peer (Milwaukee, Wis./King) and Bigby ran 46.72 to finish in 28th place in a field that included some of the nation's best units. Earlier in the day, Irvin-Muhammad ran 12.20 in the 100 meters and Smith clocked in at 12.51 to finish 55th and 71st, respectively. Before heading to Texas State that afternoon, Bigby ran 14.05 in the 100 hurdles, placing 36th.
NIU capped the day in the spring medley relay, where Peer, Irvin-Muhammad, Julianne Cronin (Bartlett, Ill./Bartlett) and Rebecca Cronin (Bartlett, Ill./Bartlett) teamed up to run 3:56.09 and finish in 11th.
Huskies Excel at Raleigh Relays
RALEIGH, N.C. - While the rest of the team was in the Lone Star State, the NIU distance crew competed at North Carolina State's Raleigh Relays with impressive results.
Ali Olson (New Auburn, Wis./Bloomer) topped her personal record in the 1500 meters with a time of 4:33.82 to place 24th in the invitational section, while Meghan Heuer (St. Charles, Ill./North) claimed 27th at 4:34.14. In the college section, Hannah Savage (Cedar Falls, Iowa/Cedar Falls) crossed the line at a PR time of 4:43.29 to finish 24th.
In the 5000 meters, Leah Raffety (Machesney Park, Ill./Harlem) placed 10th in her section with a time of 17:36.19, topping her previous career-best mark by over 20 seconds. Juliane Totzke ran 17:42.54 in her section to finish in 12th, though she was among the lead pack for most of the race.
The Huskies cap their weekend tomorrow at the Bobcat Invitational. The action starts at 9 a.m. with the javelin, while running events begin at 2 p.m. with the 4x100 relay.