April 25, 2014
PHILADELPHIA - The Northern Illinois University track & field team continued with competition at the Penn Relays Friday.
Highlighting the day was the Huskies' sprint medley relay team, which came a fraction of a second away from breaking a school record.
"Effort wise, we have another great day," said NIU head coach Connie Teaberry. "These ladies competes from beginning to end. Large relay meets are geared for the fans with where they place the finish line, so the finish is never moved regardless of the wind. Today was a strong head wind and we were not prepared in the 100 meters and 100 hurdles. The sprint medley won their heat and battled the entire race, as each lady had solid splits."
The SMR group of Latesha Bigby (Hanover, Jamaica/Butler CC), A'Iesha Irvin-Muhammad (East St. Louis, Ill./St. Elizabeth Academy), Julianne Cronin (Bartlett, Ill./Bartlett) and Rebecca Cronin (Bartlett, Ill./Bartlett) teamed up to run 3:55.24 en route to winning the third heat and placing 11th overall. The quartet captured the heat win by seven-tenths of a second over Maryland and nearly one full second over Georgetown.
In individual events, Bigby ran 14.01 in the 100 hurdles for 24th place. Meanwhile, Tahtyana Peer (Milwaukee, Wis./King) took 21st in the 100 meters with a time of 12.38 and Irvin-Muhammad finished 24th at 12.58.
The Huskies cap off the weekend tomorrow at Penn by running in the 4x800 relay. In addition, NIU will send athletes across the Delaware River to New Jersey for the Lions Invitational in Ewing, N.J.