May 7, 2013
MAC Championships Notes | MAC Championships Live Results
DEKALB, Ill. – The Northern Illinois track & field team kicks off their postseason this weekend when they head to Akron, Ohio, for the 2013 Mid-American Conference Outdoor Championships.
The meet begins Thursday in the Rubber City with the multi-events and runs through Saturday afternoon.
“All our ladies have worked hard all season and we are proud of their accomplishments,” said NIU head coach Connie Teaberry. “Those that have qualified for the MAC Championships have set themselves apart. These ladies are mentally and physically prepared for the competition. If each athlete competes from start to finish, they should produce point-worthy performances.”
NIU closed out their 2013 regular season two weeks ago with several strong performances at three different meets. At the Penn Relays, NIU got MAC automatic qualifiers in Janay Mitchell (100 meters) and Sidra Sherrill (shot put). In addition, the Huskies totaled 14 top five finishes between the West Chester Last Chance Qualifier and the UW-Whitewater Alternative Meet.
Coming into this weekend’s MAC meet, the Huskies have individuals ranked in the top 10 of seven different events. Pacing the Huskies in Akron will be Mitchell, who ranks fifth in the 100 meters and ninth in the 200 meters. Additionally, fellow sprinter Megan Gregory sits fourth in the 100 hurdles, Jamie Burr is ninth in the 800 meters and Meghan Heuer sits sixth in the 1500 meters. In field events, Sherrill is eighth in the shot put, while Natalie Tarter and Michaela Dwyer rank seventh and ninth, respectively, in the heptathlon.
At last season’s MAC Outdoor Championships, the Huskies took eighth place by scoring a program-best 53.33 points, while having MAC champions in Janay Mitchell (100 meters) and the 4x100 relay. Kent State is the two-time defending team champion, as the Golden Flashes and host Akron Zips have won the title every year since 2005.
Fans can follow along with live results at MAC-Sports.com.