Huskie track and field sees how it stacks up against national competition at Iowa State Classic

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February 14, 2004

WOMEN'S COLLEGIATE TRACK AND FIELD---Northern Illinois University at Iowa State Classic / Lied Track / Ames, IA / Friday-Saturday / February 13-14, 2004

NO TEAM SCORES KEPT

NIU FINISHERS (non-NIU finishers in italics)
200-meter dash - 1. Beau Walker (Alabama) :23.82; 40. Erica Smith (NIU) :25.97; 58. Ajahnae Hinley (NIU) :26.67
400-meter dash - 1. Shauna Smith (Wyoming) :52.11; 55. Ajahnae Hinley (NIU) 1:00.32
3,000-meter run - 1. Adriana Pireta (UTEP) 9:26.92; 27. Alicja Czajka (NIU) 10:23.35; 32. Emily Ramsey (NIU) 10:32.81; 34. Christina Nieto (NIU) 10:37.05
High Jump - 1. Gina Rickert (Iowa State) 1.84m (6'00.50"); 14. Elizabeth Berquist (NIU) 1.64m (5'04.50")
Shot Put - 1. Jennifer Gilson (Western Illinois) 16.15m (53'00.00"); 17. Margaret Gorski (NIU) 13.66m (44'09.75"); 33. Ashley Morrow (NIU) 11.79m (38'08.25")
Weight Throw - 1. Susan Sherman (Iowa State) 18.46m (60'06.75"); 28. Meagan Gunther (NIU) 14.28m (46'10.25")

HUSKIE TRACK AND FIELD SEES HOW IT STACKS UP AGAINST SOME NATIONAL COMPETITION AT IOWA STATE CLASSIC
AMES, IA--- To take any program to the next level, you have to eventually venture outside your friendly confines and see how you stack up against some big time competition. The Northern Illinois University women's track and field team did just that this weekend at the Iowa State Classic, matching up with some of the best talent in the nation, and emerging with an air of confidence as the indoor season starts to wind down.

"I am most definitely pleased with the way our girls competed this weekend," NIU head coach Shnatel Twiggs explained. "We had some top-20 finishes, some top-30 finishes, and overall, the whole squad looked pretty good."

That "whole squad" consisted of just 14 athletes off the regular Northern Illinois roster as the Huskies took an abbreviated team to Ames, IA. Elizabeth Berquist (Toddville, IA / Alburnett) earned NIU's highest placement of the weekend by clearing five feet, 4.5 inches in the high jump. The leap was good enough for 14th place overall.

Thrower Margaret Gorski (Elmwood Park) earned herself a top-20 spot as well, finishing 17th in the shot put with a throw of 44 feet, 9.75 inches. Fellow freshman Ashley Morrow (O'Fallon) placed 33rd in the same event with a toss of 38 feet, 8.25 inches.

Freshmen throwers weren't the only first-year competitors to make noise for the Huskies. Jenin Robinson (Plano) set a new school record during the preliminary heats for the 60-meter hurdles by crossing the line at :09.07. It marks the second time Robinson has set the all-time NIU standard this season.

Northern Illinois has just one more tune-up on the schedule prior to the Mid-American Conference Indoor Championships. The Huskies travel to Romeoville, IL, for the Chicagoland Championships Friday (Feb. 20). First event is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. (CST).

-30- -Copy by Brian Kedzior


 

 

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