May 16, 2009
AKRON, Ohio - The Northern Illinois 4x100 team set a new school record, Saturday, highlighting the third and final day of the Mid-American Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
“The overall place is not what we wanted it to be, but we are making strides in the right direction,” said NIU head coach Connie Teaberry. “We’ve been trying to break that 4x100 record for the last two years and we finally got it done. All of the girls today did a great job and left it all on the track. They competed hard.”
The Huskie relay team of Roneisha Frye (Fairview Heights, Ill./Belleville East), Rasheta Butler (Chicago, Ill./Percy L. Julian), Brittany Houghton (Freeport, Ill./Dakota) and Rochelle Muskeyvalley (Rock Island, Ill./Rock Island) placed eighth with a time of 47.78 seconds.The mark beats the previous record, set in 2003, by 0.12 seconds.
As a team, the Huskies scored in three events for a total of 10 team points and finished in 12th place. In addition to the 4x100 relay finish, senior Jennene Anthony (East St. Louis, Ill./East St. Louis) took fifth in the discus. Anthony , who took sixth in the javelin earlier in the championships, used a discus throw of 152-11 to earn fifth place, finishing over two feet better than her nearest competitor.
The NIU 4x400-meter relay team, which is made up of the same athletes as the 4x100 squad, also did well. In that event, the Huskies took seventh place with a time of 3:54.33.
Freshman Jenner Sio (Rockford, Ill./Christian Life) and senior Shoshanna Brown (Plainfield, Ill./Romeoville) both finished just out of scoring range in the triple jump. Brown hit 38-2.75, just 0.75 inches away from eighth place, to finish in ninth. Sio leapt 37-5.75 to lock-up 10th.
With the end of the MAC Championships comes the conclusion of the 2009 season that saw several large steps forward. In addition to hosting their first meet in 27 years at the new NIU Track & Field and Soccer Complex, the Huskies broke or tied eight school records.
“We had a lot of girls that were just at the cusp of scoring this season and a lot of them come back next year. Having a track that was completed three weeks ago will definitely aid in recruiting and training. I couldn’t have asked for more from the girls this weekend. They really performed well all season.”