TRACK AND FIELD---Northern Illinois University at Mid-American Conference
Indoor Championships / Bob Parks Track / Ypsilanti, MI / Eastern
Michigan University, host / Friday-Saturday / February 27-28, 2004
1. Central Michigan 103
2. Eastern Michigan 92.5
3. Kent State 90.5
4. Ball State 77
5. Western Michigan 57
t-6. Miami (OH) 51
t-6. Akron 51
8. Bowling Green 45
9. Buffalo 41
10. Toledo 28
11. Northern Illinois 13
12. Ohio 9
13. Marshall 5
(non-NIU finishers in italics)
Mile run - 1. Beata Rudzinska (Akron) 4:53.88; 10.
Alicja Czajka (NIU) 5:06.90; 14. Michelle Rhoden (NIU) 5:11.12;
25. Emily Ramsey (NIU) 5:36.03
3,000-meter run - 1. Briana Shook (UT) 9:43.77; 17.
Michelle Rhoden (NIU) 10:28.44; 19. Alicja Czajka (NIU) 10:30.54;
30. Christina Nieto (NIU) 10:57.74
5,000-meter run - 1. Briana Shook (UT) 16:42.75; 21.
Christina Nieto (NIU) 19:20.41; 22. Jessica Schauff (NIU) 19:22.09
4x400-meter relay - 1. Eastern Michigan 3:47.06; 10.
Northern Illinois 3:58.52
High Jump - 1. Jackie Bozin (CMU) 1.78m (5'10.00");
17. Elizabeth Berquist (NIU) 1.60m (5'03.00")
Long Jump - 1. Lela V. Nelson (EMU) 6.00m (19'08.25");
23. Chanel Brown (NIU) 5.04m (16'06.50")
Triple Jump - 1. Colleen Ramharak (KSU) 12.96m (42'06.25");
16. Chanel Brown (NIU) 10.87m (35'08.00"); 21. Courtney Brown
(NIU) 10.13m (33'03.00")
Shot Put - 1. Sarah Vance (Buffalo) 14.68m (48'02.00");
2. Ashley Morrow (NIU) 14.53m (47'08.00"); 7. Margaret Gorski
(NIU) 13.71m (44'11.75"); 20. Lindsay Chamberlain (NIU) 12.14m
Weight Throw - 1. Lauren Collins (Miami) 19.21m (63'00.25");
6. Lindsay Chamberlain (NIU) 16.10m (52'10.00"); 16. Meagan
Guenther (NIU) 14.16m (46'05.50"); 21. Ashley Morrow (NIU)
Pentathlon - 1. Jackie Bozin (CMU) 3,787; 17. Amanda
Bergman (NIU) 2,644
LEAD HUSKIE TRACK AND FIELD TO BEST SHOWING AT MAC INDOOR SUMMIT
SINCE BRINGING BACK SPORT
YPSILANTI, MI--- It's been a long road, but there appears to be
a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel. Heading into this season,
the Northern Illinois University women's track and field team had
yet to finish anywhere but last at the Mid-American Conference Indoor
Championships since resurrecting the program in the winter of 2000-01.
Thanks to a great performance by their throwers, the Huskies will
wear that label no longer.
NIU racked up 13 team points to finish 11th out of 13 schools at
the league summit hosted by Eastern Michigan University at Bob Parks
Track over the weekend. Central Michigan University won its second
indoor crown in the last three years with 103 points, narrowly edging
out the host Eagles (92.5) and preseason favorite Kent State University
(90.5) to round out the top three. The Huskies topped Ohio University
(9) and Marshall University (5) at the bottom of the standings.
Freshman Ashley Morrow (O'Fallon) led the charge by earning
NIU eight team points with a second place finish in the shot put.
Morrow's toss of 47 feet, eight inches shattered the school record
by more than a foot and bettered her personal best by more than
two feet. The second-place finish is the best ever by a Huskie at
the MAC Championships.
"Ashley was just magnificent today," NIU head coach Shantel
Twiggs said. "She really stepped up for us and performed
well. We knew she was capable of a performance like this, but being
capable and actually doing it at the MAC Championships are two completely
different things. This is a big step for her."
The shot putters weren't done either, as yet another freshman cracked
the top eight to earn the Huskies some team tallies. Margaret
Gorski (Elmwood Park)---the old school record holder---reached
44 feet, 11.75 inches to garner seventh-place honors and two more
"Margaret stepped up too, just like Ashley," Twiggs noted.
"But, again, we knew that she had this kind of ability in her.
Margaret has been solid all season, and she just went out there
today and did what she's been doing from day one."
Not to be outdone in the weight throw, "veteran" sophomore
Lindsay Chamberlain (Oconee / Pana) took home sixth place
with a toss of 52 feet, 10 inches to round out the NIU scoring for
the weekend with three more points.
The only other individual Huskie to crack and event top-ten was
senior Alicja Czajka (Swarzedz, Poland / Poznan) who placed
10th in the mile run with a time of 5:06.90. Junior Michelle
Rhoden (Joliet / West) followed closely behind her with a 5:11.12.
That same duo, in reverse, also represented the top two Northern
Illinois placewinners at 3,000 meters with Rhoden pacing a 17th-place
10:28.44 and Czajka earning the 19th spot at 10:30.54.
"The future looks extremely bright here," Twiggs added.
"We are going to make some major leaps and bounds throughout
the outdoor season, and definitely over the next couple of years.
There is a good, young nucleus of ladies on this team who are trying
to set the bar a little higher each time they go out and compete."
Northern Illinois will look to fine-tune a few things over the next
month and carry some momentum to Baton Rouge, LA, when the Huskies
begin their outdoor season at the LSU Tiger Relays on Friday, Mar.
26. Action is slated to begin at 9:00 a.m. (EST) and carry throughout
both Friday (Mar. 26) and Saturday (Mar. 27) afternoons.
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