April 12, 2013
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The Northern Illinois track & field team made steady improvements Friday at the Sea Ray Relays, with six Huskies setting new personal bests at Tom Black Track.
In addition to the half-dozen PRs, Megan Gregory earned an eighth place finish in the 100 hurdles in one of the nation's most competitive meets.
"The staff saw some strong performances today," said NIU head coach Connie Teaberry. "This is an extremely competitive meet, so the improvements show that they gave it everything. We still have room for improvement in areas, but the staff will continue to push confidence, focus and execution to help get them there."
Gregory boosted her ranking in the Mid-American Conference's performance list with a run of 13.83 in the 100 hurdles. In addition to taking eighth in the 39-runner field, the senior moved into the top five of the MAC's performance list in the event. Also in the 100 hurdles was Michaela Dwyer, who ran a PR time of 15.64, placing 34th.
Julianne Cronin blasted her career record in the 800 meters with a run of 2:16.93, placing 25th. The sophomore bested her previous record by nearly two seconds. Meanwhile, Kristal Pitts improved her career best with a 2:21.16 clip for a 38th place finish.
In the 100 meters, Alexandra Rowe PRed with a time of 12.78 to take 40th. Meanwhile, Brittany Smith ran a time of 12.19 to take 24th. The pair would run times of 26.11 and 26.04, respectively, in the 200 meters, while Gregory posted the best NIU mark with a time of 25.54.
Rounding out the sprints were Alicia Osley, Jenelle McCalla and Lydia Mitchell. Osley clocked in at 1:01.04 in the 400 meters to place 30th. Meanwhile, McCalla ran 1:05.34 in the 400 hurdles and Mitchell ran 1:10.48.
The Huskie distance crew put three athletes in the top nine of the 5000 meters. Junior Juliane Totzke earned a third place finish, crossing the finish line at 17:56.26. Not far behind was Leah Raffety in fifth with a time of 18:20.83, while Claire McAuley was ninth at 18:30.92. Additionally, Hannah Savage placed 15th in the 1500 meters with a time of 4:57.22.
Ida Burbulla tied for seventh in the high jump at 5-03.00 (1.60m) and Dwyer was 11th in the javelin with a toss of 92-07 (28.22m).
The Huskies wrap up their stay in the Volunteer State Saturday with five different events. The day gets started at 11 a.m. CT with Sidra Sherrill taking part in the invitational section of the discus. Meanwhile, Alex Schad competes in the long jump, while NIU will send their 4x100 and 4x400 relays to the track.