April 29, 2010
DEKALB, Ill. - The Northern Illinois track and field team hosted the second annual Huskie Open, Thursday, where the Huskies battled extremely windy weather conditions to walk-away with multiple first-place finishes and personal-best records. The Huskies hosted Robert Morris College at the NIU Soccer and Track & Field Complex in their final regular-season competition before the Mid-American Conference Championships.
"We are still very excited that we were able to host the second-annual Huskie Open," NIU head track and field Coach Connie Teaberry said. "The team came out and performed extremely well. The windy conditions were unfavorable, but the athletes did a great job in each of their events despite the weather."
In the 100-meter dash, Rasheta Butler set a school record when she raced to a first-place and personal-best time of 11.83. Rhonda Lee and Chanel Kellyman also earned personal records in the event, racing to times of 12.04 and 12.26, respectively.
Roneisha Frye earned a personal-best record in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.42, finishing just behind Megan Gregory who took first with a time of 14.17. Butler saw her second PR of the afternoon when she raced to a first-place time of 24.66 in the 200-meter dash. Gregory and Frye also set personal records in the event. Gregory raced to a time of 24.96 and Frye finished in 25.14, placing second and third respectively.
In the distance events, Breanna Brevitt, Courtney Oldenburg, and Samantha McConeghey each claimed first-place finishes in their respective events. Brevitt raced to a time of 5:18.58 in the 1,500-meter run, while Oldenburg ran the 800-meter run in 2:28.67. McConeghey ran the 3000-meter run for the Huskies, crossing the finish line in a time of 13:40.39.
Frye, Gregory, Lee and Butler comprised the 4x100-meter relay team that took first with a time of 48.46. Representing NIU in the 4x400-meter relay was Oldenburg, Amanda Trancoso
, Sunsea Shaw
, and Breanna Brevitt
. The quartet finished the race in a time of 4:09.21.
In the field events, Kelly Moser leapt to a height of 5-02.00 in the high jump, while Jenner Sio competed in the triple jump, leaping to a mark of 38-02.00 (11.63m).
Deidra McIntosh led the Huskies in the long jump, leaping to a personal-best mark of 19-0.00 (5.79m) to finish first. Brittany Houghton finished second for NIU, with a mark of 18-1.75 (5.53m), while Rhonda Lee placed third with a leap of 18-00.50 (5.50m).
Finishing first in the discus throw, senior Cora Caulfield record a mark of 145-06 (44.36m). Teammate Tiffany Wallick finished closely behind Caulfied, throwing a mark of 143-01 (41.17m). Wallick led the Huskies in the hammer throw and the shot put events. Wallick threw a season best 136-05 (12.90m) in the hammer throw before, earning a personal best 42-04.00 (41.60m) in the shot put.
"Today was a great prelude to the MAC Championships, and judging by the performances we had today we should do very well at championships," said Teaberry. "We really appreciate all the staff, friends, family, and fans that came out to support us today. It made for another successful home meet."
NIU will take one week off from competition before heading to the MAC Championships in Buffalo, N.Y., May 12-15.