May 10, 2014
MADISON, Wis. - The Northern Illinois University track & field team closed the regular season with a bang Saturday in Madison, Wisconsin, as they broke two school records at the Wisconsin Open.
Meghan Heuer (St. Charles, Ill./North) set a new NIU record in the 800 meters, while Sidra Sherrill (Fort Wayne, Ind./Northrop) posted a new standard in the discus. As a team, the Huskies recorded six event titles on the day.
"I'm proud of the ladies' efforts today," said NIU head coach Connie Teaberry. "They had great performances at Wisconsin. Everyone gave everything they had and ran with confidence in their ability. We will continue to improve from here and fine tune for conference next week."
Sherrill opened the day with a record-setting discus performance, throwing 170-00 (51.82m) on her fourth attempt of the day to finish second and top the old school record of 166-01 (50.63m) set by Cora Caulfield in 2011. The junior also claimed third in the shot put with a 44-11.00 (13.69m) mark.
Moments later on the track, Heuer raised the proverbial bar in the 800 meters, winning the event with a school-record time of 2:08.54. Her time topped the previous school standard of 2:08.94.
NIU also notched four additional Mid-American Conference automatic berths on the day. In the 800 meters, Ali Olson (New Auburn, Wis./Bloomer) ran 2:08.93 to finish second, while Rebecca Cronin (Bartlett, Ill./Bartlett) - the previous NIU record holder in the 800 meters prior to Heuer's run - punched her ticket to the conference meet with a run of 2:09.76 en route to a third-place finish. Additionally, Latesha Bigby (Hanover, Jamaica/Butler CC) ran 24.36 to win the 200 meters and A'Iesha Irvin-Muhammad (East St. Louis, Ill./St. Elizabetha Academy) clocked in at 24.38 to claim second.
In addition to those performances, the Huskies recorded four other event titles. Irvin-Muhammad won the 100 meters with a career-best run of 12.00, beating out teammate Brittany Smith (Cincinnati, Ohio/Withrow University) by 17-hundredths of a second. The freshman also had a hand in NIU's first-place 4x100 relay team that ran 45.87.
Hannah Savage (Cedar Falls, Iowa/Cedar Falls) capped her regular season with a win in the 1500 meters, running 4:46.26. In the jumps, Claudette Day (Belleville, Ill./Belleville West) tied for first in the high jump with a height of 5-08.00 (1.73m), then took second in the long jump at 17-11.00 (5.46m).
Alexandria Isom (St. Louis, Mo./Nerinx Hall) posted a pair of personal records in the sprints, running 12.23 in the 100 meters to finish third and 24.94 in the 200 meters to take fourth.
NIU opens its postseason next weekend, as they head to Athens, Ohio, for the MAC Outdoor Championships. The meet starts Thursday and runs through Saturday on the campus on Ohio University.