May 16, 2014
2014 MAC Championships - Day Two
ATHENS, Ohio - The Northern Illinois University track & field team advanced five different individuals to finals and saw the school's heptathlon record fall once more Friday at the Mid-American Conference Outdoor Championships in Athens, Ohio.
As a team, the Huskies sit in a tie for 10th place alongside Western Michigan with eight points. Kent State leads the way heading into the final day with 47 points.
"We had a solid day of competition, but also had events we did not capitalize on," said NIU head coach Connie Teaberry. "Although those ladies did not score or advance to the final day, I truly believe they left it all on the track. We have several athletes competing tomorrow and each has the ability to score high. Execution and belief in themselves is the key to success tomorrow."
After a strong first Day, Claudette Day (Belleville, Ill./Belleville West) closed the heptathlon in fourth place with 5,050 points, breaking the school record for the third time this year and becoming the first NIU athlete to top 5,000 points in the multi-event. Meanwhile, teammate Latesha Bigby (Hanover, Jamaica/Butler CC) earned a sixth-place finish with 4,954 points - including winning the 800 meters at a PR time of 2:15.32 - and Logan Tillmon placed 10th with a career-high 4,559 points.
Meghan Heuer (St. Charles, Ill./North) and Hannah Savage (Cedar Falls, Iowa/Cedar Falls) both advanced to tomorrow's final in the 1500 meters, as Heuer placed third at 4:30.92 and Savage took 10th with a PR time of 4:37.99. Heuer also ran 2:11.11 to advance to the 800 meters final, where she will be joined by senior Rebecca Cronin (Bartlett, Ill./Bartlett) after her 2:11.85 clip.
Freshman A'Iesha Irvin-Muhammad (East St. Louis, Ill./St. Elizabeth Academy) earned a spot in the 200 meters finals with a 24.77 clip after just missing out on advancing in to 100 meters earlier in the day, where she ran 12.17 to place ninth. In the 100 hurdles, Bigby moved on to the finals, as she ran the fourth-best time in the prelims at 13.98.
The Huskies capped the day on the track in the 3000 steeplechase, where Ali Olson (New Auburn, Wis./Bloomer) placed 10th with a time of 11:08.38.
In the field events, Sidra Sherrill (Fort Wayne, Ind./Northrop) placed ninth in the shot put with a toss of 45-10.25 (13.97m), while Tyra Bickham (Blue Springs, Mo./Blue Springs) finished 11th with a personal record of 45-00.25 (13.72m). Day claimed 13th in the long jump with a leap of 17-09.75 (5.43m).
Some Huskies just missed out on moving on to the finals of their respective events. Jamie Burr (Onalaska, Wis./Onalaska) ran 2:12.89 in the 800 meters to place 12th, while Day was a fraction of a second short in the 100 hurdles with a time of 14.32. In addition, Julianne Cronin (Bartlett, Ill./Bartlett) finished 11th in the 400 meters at 56.61 and Tahtyana Peer (Milwaukee, Wis./King) ran 24.94 in the 200 meters and 57.02 in the 400 meters to finish 13th and 14th, respectively.
The Huskies close out their run at the MAC Outdoor Championships tomorrow. Competition starts at 9:30 a.m. CT with the high jump and discus.