April 3, 2013
Chicagoland Championships Notes
DEKALB, Ill. - The Northern Illinois track & field team will renew some regional rivalries this weekend as they compete in the 2013 Chicagoland Championships in Romeoville, Ill.
The meet, which is hosted by Lewis University, starts Thursday afternoon with the first half of the multi-events and runs through Saturday afternoon.
"Traveling to the Chicagoland Championships this weekend is always good for the spirit of the team," said NIU head coach Connie Teaberry. "Most of our competitions are further away, which makes it difficult for family, friends and administrators to attend and support the team. Academically, we try to miss as little class as possible. Competing closer to campus allows the majority of the athletes the opportunity to attend all their classes for the week due close travel."
The Huskies come north after sending athletes to the Texas Relays and Raleigh Relays last weekend. Between the two meets, NIU netted two automatic qualifying marks to May's Mid-American Conference Championships, as Megan Gregory (100 hurdles) and Meghan Heuer (1500 meters) each clinched a spot in Akron. Additionally, the 4x1500 relay of Hannah Savage, Heuer, Ali Olson and Claire McAuley broke the school record in that event with a time of 19:33.00.
This weekend, NIU will battle several Chicago area foes for the Chicagoland title. The Huskies will be one of five Division I schools in the field, joining DePaul, UIC, Loyola and Chicago State. In addition, Division III powers North Central and University of Chicago should provide for an ultra-competitive meet. Last year, the Huskies ran away with the team title by scoring 174 points, 38 more than second-place DePaul.
"As a staff, we direct the ladies to be prepared for all competitions, no matter what teams are present," Teaberry said. "Competing in an area competition gives the winning team bragging rights. Despite the weather and injuries, we are focusing on execution and staying health."