May 15, 2010
BUFFALO, N.Y. -
Setting Northern Illinois school records, sophomore Megan Gregory and senior Cora
Caulfield helped lead the NIU women's track and field team to an 11th-place finish at the 2010 Mid-American Conference Outdoor Championships in Buffalo, N.Y., Saturday. NIU scored points in six events as the Huskies concluded their third and final day of competition at the UB Stadium.
"Over the last three days the ladies have made strides in the right direction," said head NIU track and field coach Connie Teaberry. "We've improved our MAC finish by one place, but with that improvement we have had more athletes qualify for finals than we have ever had in the six years I have been coaching at NIU."
Gregory (Chicago, Ill./Plainfield North) earned the Huskies top finish of the weekend she finished second in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 13.75. Gregory's second-place finish is the Huskies best finish at the MAC Championships since NIU NCAA qualifier Ashley Morrow claimed the first-place title in the shot put in 2006.
Gregory's time in the event is an NIU school record. Her finish marks the fifth time she has reset the 100-meter hurdles school record during the 2010 outdoor season.
Caulfield (Fox Lake, Ill./Grant) saw the Huskies second-highest finish of the afternoon when she achieved a school record and fifth-place finish in the discus throw. Caulfield threw a personal-best 156-02 in the event, to break the school record (156-02) which was set by Jennene Anthony in 2006.
Jennelle McCalla (Whitby, Ontario/Father Leo J. Austin) put points on the board for the Huskies when she raced to a sixth-place finish in the 400-meter hurdles. After finishing in a school-record time of 1:01.76 during preliminaries Friday, McCalla concluded final-round action with a time of 1:02.80. In the 100-meter hurdles Rasheta Butler (Chicago, Ill./Percy L. Julian) added a point to the Huskies overall score when she raced to an eighth-place time of 12.15.
The relays also proved to be successful for the Huskies, as both the 4x100-meter and 4x400-meter relay teams garnered points with eighth-place finishes. Roneisha Frye (Fairview Heights, Ill./Belleville East), Gregory, Rhonda Lee (Flint, Mich./Carman-Ainsworth) and Butler comprised the 4x100-meter relay team that raced to a time of 47.65. Setting a season-best 3:49.78, Camille Smith (Calumet City, Ill./Seton Academy), Butler, Rebecca Cronin (Bartlett, Ill./Bartlett) and McCalla ran the 4x400-meter relay for NIU.
Breanna Brevitt (Dixon, Ill./Dixon) represented NIU in the 5,000-meter run. Brevitt achieved a personal record in the event when she finished the race in a time of 18:27.00.
In the field events, Tiffany Wallick (Fisher, Ill./Fisher) and Jenner Sio (Rockford, Ill./Christian Life) each earned 10th-place finishes in their respective events. Wallick threw a mark of 141-02 in the discus throw, while Sio leapt to a mark of 38-03.25 in the triple jump.
"The ladies worked extremely hard over the course of the season, and their hard work showed on the track during the MAC Championships this weekend," said Teaberry.
Northern Illinois earned 19 points to garner an 11th-place finish. Kent State (142), Akron (104), and Western Michigan (102) claimed the top-three spots at the championships, respectively.
"I am extremely pleased with our outdoor season," Teaberry said. "The athletes, coaches and I are definitely looking forward to next season and looking forward to seeing what we can do in competition next year."