Sept. 4, 2009
DEKALB, Ill. -
Freshman Courtney Oldenburg took home fourth place at the Early Bird Invitational in Macomb, Ill., as she led the Northern Illinois women's cross country team to a fifth-place finish in the Huskies season opener Friday night.
Oldenburg was the top runner for the Huskies, taking fourth-place with a time of 23:15 in the six-kilometer race. Oldenburg's finish helped lead the Huskies to a fifth-place finish with 99 points, ahead of Lincoln College (108) and Know (208). Bradley won the meet with 28 points, followed by Western Illinois (55), Augustana (73), and Illinois Central College (77).
"I am not really concerned with where we placed because we did not have all of our runners compete," assistant coach Mark McConeghey said. "The girls did extremely well. I am very pleased with how the girls performed because I know they are only going to get better."
Juniors Breanna Brevitt and Sunsea Shaw also ran well for the Huskies finishing 19th and 20th, respectively. Brevitt ran the race in a time of 24:45, while teammate Shaw followed closely behind, finishing the race in a time of 24:50.
Freshman Amanda Trancoso clocked in at 25:42, finishing fourth for the Huskies, while junior Jackie Sciacero took fifth for the Huskies with a time of 26:08. Also running the race for the Huskies was sophomore Jessica Troike who finished the race in a time of 27:34.
While McConeghey is pleased with the girls' performance, he notes one main area in which the team can improve.
"I am concerned with the split between the first and second-place finishers for us," said McConeghey. "If we can work to run closer as a team, we will only get better as the season goes."
The Huskies will head home for their next competition, as NIU hosts the Huskie Open, Sept. 12, for a 12:15 p.m. race.