March 26, 2014
Texas Relays Live Results | Bobcat Invitational Live Results | Raleigh Relays Live Results
DeKALB, Ill. - The outdoor season gets into full gear this weekend for the Northern Illinois University track & field team, as they will compete in the Texas Relays, Bobcat Invitational and Raleigh Relays.
The action starts Thursday with half of the Huskies competing in the two Texas meets, while the other half starts Thursday in North Carolina.
"The competitions this weekend are huge for a couple of reasons," said NIU head coach Connie Teaberry. "First, these meets give our athletes the opportunity to compete in ideal weather conditions. Therefore, technique issues we have not been able to address, due to lack of outdoor practice sessions, the staff will get the chance to attempt to correct. These corrections can only come from practice and repetitive efforts."
"The second reason these competitions hold high value are the amount of great competitors the meets have in attendance. Our ladies will compete against the best, in our own pursuit to greatness. If we continue from last week's competitive path, we should see additional MAC qualifiers and additional improving performances."
NIU opened their outdoor season March 22 with a first-place performance at SIU Edwardsville's Cougar Classic. A'Iesha Irvin-Muhammad (East St. Louis, Ill./St. Elizabeth Academy), Latesha Bigby (Hanover, Jamaica/Butler CC), Julianne Cronin (Bartlett, Ill./Bartlett), Rebecca Cronin (Bartlett, Ill./Bartlett) and Michaela Dwyer (Arlington Heights, Ill./John Hersey) all claimed event titles on the day, while the team compiled 11 second-place finishes.
Additionally, Bigby and Jasmine Wilson (Elmira, Ontario, Canada/Elmira) each earned automatic bids to the MAC Outdoor Championships. Bigby clinched a spot in the 100 hurdles, while Wilson punched her ticket to Athens, Ohio, in the javelin.
This weekend, the Huskies' sprinters and field athletes will head to the Lone Star State, where they will compete against some of the nation's best at Texas and Texas State. Among the schools expected to be competing include national powers LSU, Texas A&M, Florida, Arkansas, Baylor and Kansas.
Meanwhile, NIU's distance runners will take on a stacked field at the Raleigh Relays. Along with host North Carolina State, the list of teams includes Michigan, Virginia, Michigan State, Villanova and West Virginia.
Live results will be available at all three meets.