April 6, 2013
ROMEOVILLE, Ill. - The Northern Illinois track & field team took third place Saturday at the Chicagoland Championships in Romeoville, Ill.
The Huskies totaled 83 points in the meet to take bronze. DePaul won with 156 points, while North Central took second with a final tally of 102.50.
"This weekend's competition was a solid effort from our ladies," said NIU head coach Connie Teaberry. "We will continue to fine tune our technique to prepare for our upcoming competition."
Senior Megan Gregory highlighted the day for NIU with an event title in the 100 hurdles. After posting the top time of 14.18 in the prelims, the Chicagoan cruised to victory in the finals with a season-best time of 13.92 to defeated North Central's Jocelyn Redlinski by nearly eight-tenths of a second.
Fellow sprinter Brittany Smith set a new personal best in the 100 meters. Following a fifth place showing in the prelims, Smith blasted her career-low time with a run of 11.99 in the finals, beating her previous best by seven-hundredths of a second.
Both Gregory and Smith helped NIU's 4x100 relay get second place. Along with Alicia Osley and Alexandra Rowe, the quartet crossed the finish line at 48.43 to top Lewis by two-hundredths of a second.
Rounding out the sprints scorers on the day were Julianne Cronin and Jenelle McCalla. Cronin took seventh in the 400 meters with a time of 59.11, while McCalla was third in the 400 hurdles at 1:05.30.
Meghan Heuer continued to excel at middle distance, this time doing so in the 800 meters. The sophomore from St. Charles, Ill., took second place with a time of 2:21.83 to beat out St. Francis' Rachel Morman. In Heuer's typical event - the 1500 meters - Juliane Totzke took fourth place at a 5:02.06 clip.
In the discus, Olivia Herzog made quite the splash with a third place finish. The freshman threw a 136-00 (41.47m) in her outdoor debut to take third. Meanwhile, teammate Sidra Sherrill claimed fifth with a toss of 131-01 (40.87m).
The Huskies return to the southern U.S. next weekend when they compete in Tennessee's Sea Ray Relays. The action begins Thursday afternoon with the hammer throw and runs through Saturday afternoon.