April 26, 2013
PHILADELPHIA – The Northern Illinois track & field team wrapped up two of their three meets of the busy weekend Friday with great showings at the Penn Relays and the West Chester Last Chance Qualifier.
Along with one automatic conference berth, several Huskies positioned themselves well heading into the MAC Championships in two weeks.
At the historic Penn Relays, Janay Mitchell officially secured her spot in the 100 meters at the MAC outdoor meet with a run of 11.91. The senior sprinter took 19th overall and fourth in the first heat, knocking off Boston University’s Gemma Acheampong, Kent State’s Katie Reiser and Dartmouth’s Mollie Gribbin. In the next heat, Chanel Kellyman ran 12.53 to place 25th overall.
Megan Gregory finished her regular season strong by running 13.86 in the 100 hurdles, placing 12th. The Chicago native took fourth in the third heat by edging out Chanice Chase of LSU and Shelley Black of Penn State. Yet, she fell about one-tenth of a second short of advancing to tomorrow’s final.
Just 40 minutes away at West Chester's Last Chance Qualifier, Julianne Cronin handily won the 800 meters with a time of 2:17.41. The sophomore from Bartlett, Ill., topped second place Alexandra Carroll of Delaware by 8.5 seconds.
Meanwhile, three Huskies captured second place finishes on the day. Brittany Smith was runner-up in the 100 meters with a time of 12.29, sneaking past Albright's Danisha Higgs by two-hundredths of a second. Jenelle McCalla took second in the 400 hurdles with a time of 1:04.85. In the discus, Sidra Sherrill tossed 142-02 (43.36m) to claim silver.
Rounding out the field for NIU was freshman Alicia Osley, who pulled double duty at WCU. The New Jersey native ran 1:00.32 in the 400 meters to take fourth, then clocked in at 26.89 in the 200 meters four a seventh place finish.
The Huskies will close out their weekend tomorrow with the UW-Whitewater Alternative Meet. The action starts at 11 a.m. on UWW's Foster Track.