Northern Illinois Prepares to Host Huskie Open

GO HUSKIES Chanel Kellyman will be one of several Huskie seniors honored before the meet
Chanel Kellyman will be one of several Huskie seniors honored before the meet

April 18, 2013

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DEKALB, Ill. – The Northern Illinois track & field team returns home this weekend to host the 2013 Huskie Open Saturday at the NIU Track & Field Complex.
In addition to the home meet, the Huskies will send middle distance runners Meghan Heuer and Jamie Burr to southern California to compete in the Mt. SAC Relays and the Beach Invitational.
“The athletes and coaches are excited to have a competition at home this weekend,” said NIU head coach Connie Teaberry. “This is a huge benefit to the athletes academically and athletically. When we travel, the athletes have to miss classes since most of the competitions are Thursday through Saturday. Our home competition being Saturday only means no classes missed by our student-athletes. Also, the ladies’ family, friends, NIU staff and the community, who are all extremely supportive, will come out and give the athletes that needed spark to compete well on our home venue.”
NIU comes into the weekend following a strong performance at the Sea Ray Relays in Knoxville, Tenn. Six Huskies notched career bests in Tennessee, while Megan Gregory moved into the top five of the MAC performance list with a 13.83 clip in the 100 hurdles. Meanwhile, Ida Burbulla moved into the top 20 in the conference in the high jump.
This weekend, the Huskies will take on DePaul, Marquette, UIC and Bradley in this year’s edition of the Huskie Open. Additionally, Northwestern, Loyola and Illinois will send athletes to DeKalb this weekend. Out west, Heuer and Burr will run in the 1500 meters Thursday evening at the prestigious Mt. SAC Relays, then take part in the 800 meters at the highly-competitive Beach Invitational.
“The other teams competing this weekend have solid performances,” Teaberry said. “All the entrants are NCAA Division I athletes. This is the type of competition we need so close to the MAC. Each event should be challenging to win, but we welcome that challenge.”
The meet gets underway at 9:30 a.m. with field events, while running events gets underway at 1 p.m. Fans who cannot make it out to the NIU Track & Field Complex can follow along with live results on and on any mobile device at



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