Jan. 17, 2014
DeKALB, Ill. – The Northern Illinois University track & field team gets back on the track this weekend when they travel down to Champaign, Ill., for the Illini Classic.
The full meet starts at 9 a.m. with the weight throw. Running events get underway at 10 a.m. inside the UI Armory.
"Every coach dreads winter break and sending their athletes home for three to four weeks,” said NIU head coach Connie Teaberry. “Depending on where the athletes are from, completing break breakouts can be a challenge. The athletes worked hard in the fall and returned to practice with goals on their shoulders.”
“For our first competition the staff is looking for the athletes to compete from beginning to end. If their efforts show this determination, then good results will still emerge while we strive to regain our strength and fitness."
The Huskies are looking to build off a solid showing at Grand Valley State’s Laker Early Bird back on Dec. 6. At the meet, senior Rebecca Cronin broke the school’s 600 meters record by nearly two seconds, while A’Iesha Irvin-Muhammad and Sidra Sherrill came just short of posting automatic MAC Championship-qualifying marks in the 60 meters and shot put, respectively.
Saturday, NIU will battle a host of schools. Outside of the host Fighting Illini, the Huskies will also have to contend with Mid-American Conference rival Western Michigan and in-state foes Bradley, Eastern Illinois, Loyola and Western Illinois, along with Memphis, Saint Louis, Murray State and Division II power Lincoln (Mo.).