May 30, 2014
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Despite strong performances on the track and in the field, the Northern Illinois University track & field team came just short of punching a ticket to the national championships Friday at the NCAA West Preliminary Round.
Meghan Heuer (St. Charles, Ill./North) placed 18th in the 800 meters, while Sidra Sherrill (Fort Wayne, Ind./Northrop) took 37th in the discus.
"Meghan and Sidra both had strong performances today," said NIU head coach Connie Teaberry. "Unfortunately, it did not lead to NCAA final qualifier berths. As a coach, we look for the athletes to compete, giving everything they have. These two ladies did that today and the staff is proud of the way they represented NIU."
Competing in a tough heat that included defending national runner-up Laura Hoesler of Oregon, Heuer held her own in the third heat, running 2:08.91 to place eighth. Overall, the redshirt junior beat out Kansas' Whitney Adams by three-hundredths of a second and North Dakota State's Faith Kruchowski by three-tenths of a second.
Sherrill opened the first flight of the discus with a throw of 140-07 (42.87m). The junior hit her best distance with a 153-10 (46.89m) mark on her second throw, but fouled on her third and final throw to finish ninth in the flight, edging out Weber State's Jazmin Porter by three feet. In the final standings, she topped Alison Szykowny of Loyola (Ill.) by an inch.
The Huskies close out the preliminary round tomorrow evening when Claudette Day (Belleville, Ill./Belleville West) competes in the high jump beginning at 6 p.m.