April 25, 2013
PHILADELPHIA – The Northern Illinois track & field team opened their weekend Thursday with a strong showing at the 119th annual Penn Relays at historic Franklin Field.
The Huskies had competitors in two events on the meet’s first day, starting with the 4x100 relay and ending with Sidra Sherrill in the shot put.
“Today at the Penn Relays, the athletes competed well,” said NIU head coach Connie Teaberry. “Sidra had a huge PR and an automatic berth into the MAC Championships in the shot put. Coach (Kevin) Dwyer is extremely pleased with her performance and we know that this is just the beginning of her success.”
“The 4x100 relay is starting to clean up their exchanges, so although the time does not reflect it, the ladies ran well. We will practice tightening up our zone passes, which will help us defend our MAC title.”
NIU’s 4x100 relay team of Brittany Smith, Chanel Kellyman, Megan Gregory and Janay Mitchell a time of 47.20 to take fifth in the first heat and 32nd overall in the field of 77 teams. In a group that included the nation’s top 4x100 relay team in Texas A&M and national top 100 teams Norfolk State and Rutgers, the Huskies finished in the middle of the pack and knocked off East Coast powers Princeton, Bowie State, Monmouth (N.J.) and Navy.
Meanwhile, Sherrill threw 47-11.75 (14.62m) in the shot put to claim seventh place and clinch a spot in the MAC Championships. The sophomore topped her previous PR of 46-08.00 by over a foot, while defeating Western Carolina's Alisha Bradshaw, Maryland-Baltimore County's Amanda Deller and Central Michigan's Devene Brown.
The Huskies continue at Penn with the duo of Mitchell and Kellyman running the 100 meters, along with Gregory in the 100 hurdles. Additionally, NIU will have a small contingent competing at West Chester’s Last Chance Qualifier beginning at 2 p.m. CT.