Huskies Return to Action Thursday at Texas Relays

GO HUSKIES The Huskies will travel to Austin, Texas to compete in the Texas Relays, Thursday- Saturday
The Huskies will travel to Austin, Texas to compete in the Texas Relays, Thursday- Saturday

March 31, 2010

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DEKALB, Ill. - After nearly four weeks off from competition, the Northern Illinois women's track and field team will return to action this weekend when the Huskies head to Austin, Texas to compete in the Texas Relays at the Mike A. Myers Stadium Thursday-Saturday, April 1- April 3. The three-day competition will be NIU's first outdoor competition since the UNLV Track Classic on March 6.

"We're headed to the Texas Relays this weekend," head track and field coach Connie Teaberry said. "It is one of the biggest outdoor meets in the country and the competition will be very stiff. The girls are really focused, and are in a good position heading into this weekend's competition."

With a month of training and preparation since NIU's last competition, the Huskies are in top shape to face some of the nation's top track and field competitors in Austin. Also competing at the relays are Mid-American Conference foes Akron and Central Michigan. The Huskies will face Akron and CMU for the first time since the 2010 MAC Indoor Championships.

NIU kicked off its 2010 outdoor campaign at the UNLV Track Classic, where the Huskies set a new school record and recorded six top-three performances to open the spring season. Sophomore Megan Gregory (Chicago, Ill./Plainfield North) added her name the NIU record books at the classic, when she raced to a time of 14.52 in the 100-meter hurdles.

Jenner Sio (Rockford, Ill./Christian Life) saw the Huskies top performance at the meet when she leapt to a first-place mark of 36-01.75 in the triple jump, a personal-best mark. Among the top performers for the Huskies were Deidra McIntosh (Rockford, Ill./Christian Life), Brittany Houghton (Freeport, Ill./Dakota), Cora Caulfield (Fox Lake, Ill./Grant), and Courtney Oldenburg (West Salem, Wis./West Salem), who all finished among the top-three performers in their respective events.

"I'm looking forward to getting the girls out there against some strong competitors this weekend," said Teaberry. "We are looking forward to seeing how the girls compete as we get ready and prepare for the MAC Outdoor Championships."

This weekend's track events will begin with the Heptathalon at noon on Thursday, April 1. The field events are scheduled to commence shortly afterwards with the hammer throw beginning at 12:30 p.m. The 4x400-meter relay is the final event of the weekend and is scheduled to begin at 4:45 p.m., Saturday, April 3.

Following this weekend's competition, the Huskies will head to Knoxville, Tenn. to compete in Sea Ray Relays, April 8-10.

Fans can follow live results of the Texas Relays here: Texas Relays Live Results



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