April 24, 2013
Penn, WCU, UWW Meet Notes | Penn Relays Live Results | Penn Relays Live Video
DEKALB, Ill. - The Northern Illinois track & field team closes out their outdoor regular season this weekend with a busy schedule that includes the 119th Penn Relays.
NIU's slate starts Thursday afternoon in Philadelphia and runs through Saturday, as they will also compete at meets hosted by West Chester University and UW-Whitewater.
"This weekend the team is splitting up," said NIU head coach Connie Teaberry. "A small group will travel to Penn Relays, one of the most prestigious competitions held in track and field. The athletes will have the opportunity to compete against the best once again and our performances need to be sharp. Those student-athletes competing are thankful and honored to be chosen."
The Huskies will have four individuals and their 4x100 relay compete inside Franklin Field. Their stay in the City of Brotherly Love begins Thursday with the 4x100 prelims, while Sidra Sherrill competes in the shot put. On Friday, Janay Mitchell and Chanel Kellyman will run in the 100 meters, along with Megan Gregory in the 100 hurdles. Finals for all individual sprint events will take place on Saturday.
Not too far away in the Philly suburbs, another pack of Huskies will run in the WCU Last Chance Qualifier Friday. Along with Sherrill throwing the discus, Brittany Smith (100 meters), Alicia Osley (400 meters), Jenelle McCalla (400 hurdles) and Julianne Cronin (800 meters) will look to punch their respective tickets to the MAC Championships.
Rounding out the weekend's action will be Saturday's UW-Whitewater Alternative Meet. A dozen NIU athletes will compete as they look to either better their marks heading into the conference meet or climb their way into the MAC's top 20.
"All of the athletes competing this weekend must compete with urgency, focus and determination, regardless of the location," Teaberry said. "This is our last weekend to obtain qualifiers for the MAC Championships. We have some athletes on the bubble and other teams have the opportunity to compete next weekend. There is no time for doubts, uncertainty or second-guessing. Therefore, the phrase `leave it all on the track' has to be what every lady competing does and great performances will emerge."
Fans can follow along with the action from the Penn Relays at ThePennRelays.com.