Dec. 6, 2013
Allendale Mich. - NIU's track and field team started its season at the Laker Early Bird on Friday afternoon. The team performed well overall, claiming several top-five finishes in event finals.
""We had a decent showing today at GVSU," said Head Coach Connie Teaberry. "We have a lot of work ahead of us, but every athlete competed from start to finish, which is what the staff was looking to accomplish. The staff can definitely see the potential in the team."
Whether it was a running event or throwing event, Huskies were finishing near the top of the lists. Redshirt Senior Rebecca Cronin set a new mark for all NIU track runners with her performance in the indoor 600 meter run. Her time of 1:33.35 is a new NIU record in the event. With that performance, Cronin finishes second in the event. Her time beats out former record holder Lorene Skipper (1:35.13) by nearly two seconds.
Freshman A'Iesha Irvin-Muhammad barely missed out on first place in the 60 Meter Dash, clocking in a 7.69 for the event final. She was just seven hundredths of a second away from Loyola's Breanna Walker (7.62), who finished first in the event. Irvin-Muhammad also came in second in the 200 meter dash with a time of 24.80. This time, she was a mere hundredth of a second away from first place. The Huskies took second, third, and fourth in that event overall, with Tahtyana Peer (25.26) and Alexendria Isom (25.83) coming in third and fourth respectively.
Over in the 60 meter hurdles event, Destini Artis (9.03) and Logan Tillmon (9.20) claimed third and fourth respectively, continuing the top-five trend for the Huskies.
Only three Huskies participated in throwing events at the Laker Early Bird, and Sidra Sherrill
put forth a great showing in her shot put throws. She was one of two competitors in the event to throw over 14 meters, as her best toss went for 14.38. However, she missed first place when Loyola's Alison Szykowny eclipsed Sherrill's mark in the last throw of the event, going for 14.54 meters.
Finally, in jumping events, Alexendra Schad produced best for the Huskies. In the triple jump, her best distance was 10.13 meters, good for fifth in the event. She edged teammate Colleen Krawczykowski (10.12) by a single centimeter to claim her spot.
The Huskies have more than a month to prepare for the Illini Classic in January. That will be a two-day event, beginning on Friday, January 17 at 4 p.m.