Jan. 17, 2013
Jack Johnson Classic Notes
DEKALB, Ill. - The Northern Illinois track & field team will make their longest trip of the indoor regular season this weekend when they compete in Minnesota's Jack Johnson Classic.
The meet starts Friday at 3 p.m. with the pentathlon, along with the pole vault, long jump, 200 meters and 5000 meters. The action continues Saturday morning at 10 a.m. with the high jump, while running events start at noon with the preliminary rounds of the 60 meters.
"The staff is expecting to see each athlete compete with confidence," said NIU head coach Connie Teaberry. "We have to conquer the mental negativity to produce quality."
NIU will take part in their first scored meet this weekend following two strong showings at open meets. Last weekend in Champaign, Ill., the Huskies notched one event title - Sidra Sherrill in the shot put - and 13 top five finishes. Additionally, the team saw numerous personal records fall inside the UI Armory.
"The benefit of competing in a scored competition is the accountability of the athlete to perform," Teaberry said. "An athlete's sense of pride rises when they know they have contributed to the team's final finish. Scored meets also allow the athlete to see where they measure up to the rest of the athletes in their events."
This weekend, Northern will face some of the best programs in the upper Midwest. The field is headlined by the host Golden Gophers and five-time defending Summit League champion North Dakota State. Other teams in the field include Mid-American Conference rival Western Michigan, South Dakota State, South Dakota, Division II power Augustana (S.D.) and Manitoba.