March 27, 2013
Texas Relays & Raleigh Relays Notes
DEKALB, Ill. – The Northern Illinois track & field team will send athletes to two different meets this weekend, as Huskies will be at the Texas Relays and Raleigh Relays.
The Texas Relays begins Thursday and runs through Saturday, while the Raleigh meet goes on Friday and Saturday.
“Attending Texas Relays and Raleigh Relays gives the athletes a chance to compete against the best teams in the nation,” said NIU head coach Connie Teaberry. “It prepares them mentally and physically that, no matter what teams are lined up on the track, to be ready. The coaches are not concerned with the size of the competition, but ensuring the ladies are going up against the best in their events.”
The Huskies enter their second weekend of outdoor competition after several solid performances at South Florida’s Bulls Invitational March 15. Meghan Heuer won the 1500 meters, while 14 other Huskies combined for Top 10 finishes in Tampa.
NIU’s top sprinters will compete in Austin against some of the nation’s best programs. The Texas Relays, which is the fourth-oldest collegiate meet in the nation, will be headlined by some of the nation’s best programs, including No. 1 Kansas, No. 2 Oregon, No. 4 LSU and No. 5 Texas. Other Top 25 programs in the field include Texas A&M, Clemson, Arkansas, Baylor, Illinois and Texas Tech.
Meanwhile, the Huskie distance runners will go to the Raleigh Relays hosted by North Carolina State. Annually one of the best distance meets in the nation, NIU will go up against the likes of Michigan State, Duke, North Carolina and Michigan.
“Warmer temperatures this weekend will aid in the ladies performances,” Teaberry said. “Once outdoor season begins, 90 percent of the facilities we competed at do not have an indoor facility for the athletes to warm up and transition to the outdoor events. Therefore, warming up in colder weather makes it difficult for the athletes’ bodies to get loose and prepare to compete. This weekend’s weather will be a huge advantage.”
Fans can follow along with the action all weekend with live results on TexasSports.com and GoPack.com.