Feb. 6, 2013
DEKALB, Ill. - The Northern Illinois track & field and cross country teams announced the signing of 11 athletes Wednesday to their recruiting class of 2013.
Of the 11 signees, seven come from the state of Illinois. Additionally, two come from Minnesota and one each from Missouri and Canada.
"The staff is excited about the 2013-2014 National Letter Of Intent signees," said NIU Director of Track & Field and Cross Country Connie Teaberry. "This is a powerhouse class. Each of these student-athletes has the ability to enter the MAC competition and put points on the board immediately. They are all self-motivated academically and athletically, which is what coaches look for in recruits."
The class is comprised of five distance runners. Highlighting the class are the highly-touted trio of Chrissy Monson (Albert Lea, Minn./Albert Lea HS), Carly Pederson (Bloomington, Ill./Normal Community HS) and Taylor Perkins (Lakeville, Minn./Lakeville North HS), each of whom come to NIU after earning multiple all-state honors in high school. That group will be joined by local product Danielle Dlabal (DeKalb, Ill./DeKalb HS) and Rachel Shoemaker (Grayslake, Ill./Warren Township HS).
The group also features four highly-talented sprinters from the Chicago and St. Louis metro areas. The quartet includes AAU standout A'Iesha Irvin-Muhammad (East St. Louis, Ill./St. Elizabeth Academy) and Missouri state champion Alexandria Isom (St. Louis, Mo./Nerinx Hall HS), along with multi-time Illinois state qualifiers in Destini Artis (Country Club Hills, Ill./Hillcrest HS) and Imani Haynes (Matteson, Ill./Marian Catholic HS).
The class is rounded out with a highly-accomplished heptathlete and javelin thrower. Logan Tillmon (Rockford, Ill/Rockford East HS) comes to NIU as a five-time state medalist in multiple events, while Canadian standout Jasmine Wilson (Elmira, Ontario, Canada/Elmira HS) enters the fray after a third place showing in the javelin at the 2012 Canada Junior Track & Field Championships.
"We are honored that these ladies have chosen Northern Illinois and we look forward to having them on campus to help us maintain our above 3.0 team average, along with continuing our efforts to reach the top in the conference," Teaberry said.
Name Event Hometown (Previous School)
Destini Artis Hurdles Country Club Hills, Ill. (Hillcrest HS)
Danielle Dlabal Distance/Cross Country DeKalb, Ill. (DeKalb HS)
Imani Haynes Hurdles Matteson, Ill. (Marian Catholic HS)
A'Iesha Irvin-Muhammad Sprints East St. Louis, Ill. (St. Elizabeth Academy)
Alexandria Isom Sprints St. Louis, Mo. (Nerinx Hall HS)
Chrissy Monson Distance/Cross Country Albert Lea, Minn. (Albert Lea HS)
Carly Pederson Distance Cross Country Bloomington, Ill. (Normal Community HS)
Taylor Perkins Distance/Cross Country Lakeville, Minn. (Lakeville North HS)
Rachel Shoemaker Distance/Cross Country Grayslake, Ill. (Warren Township HS)
Logan Tillmon Multi-Events Rockford, Ill. (Rockford East HS)
Jasmine Wilson Throws Elmira, Ontario, Canada (Elmira HS)
Hometown: Country Club Hills, Ill.
High School: Hillcrest
100 Hurdles: 14.74
300 Hurdles: 47.80
Three-time conference champion in the 100 hurdles at Hillcrest High School... Named to the all-conference team after the 2012 season... Part of three conference championship and two sectional championship teams with the Hawks... Captured first place in the 300 hurdles at the 2012 Class 2A Hillcrest Sectional... Won the South Suburban Conference title in both the 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles as a junior... Took first place at conference in the 100 hurdles as a freshman and sophomore, in addition to a 300 hurdles title in 2010... Finished first in the 2012 USATF Region 7 Championships in the 100 hurdles, allowing her to qualify for the USATF Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships in Baltimore, Md... Qualified for the 2011 AAU National Championships in the 100 hurdles... Also earned varsity letters in volleyball and basketball at Hillcrest... Active community volunteer... Named to the honor roll every semester.
Hometown: DeKalb, Ill.
High School: DeKalb
Event: Distance/Cross Country
800 Meters: 2:20
3 Mile XC: 18:35
Placed third in the 800 meters with a career-best time of 2:20.06 at the 2012 Class 3A Hononegah Sectional... Posted a personal record in the three mile cross country at the 2012 St. Charles East Sectional, crossing the finish line at 18:35.00... Earned four event titles during the 2012 indoor season... Helped the DHS cross country team place ninth at the Illinois state meet in 2011... Named the Cross Country Runner of the Year by the Daily Chronicle as a freshman... Standout on DHS' girls soccer team.
Hometown: Matteson, Ill.
High School: Marian Catholic
100 Hurdles: 14.79
300 Hurdles: 45.82
Broke Marian Catholic High School's 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles records last season... Won the East Suburban Catholic Conference title 100 hurdles as a junior with Marian Catholic High School... Broke the conference meet record in the 100 hurdles in 2012, clocking in at 14.79... Finished second in the 300 hurdles at the 2012 Homewood-Flossmoor Sectional with a time of 47.39 to qualify for the 2012 IHSA State Championships... Took second in the 300 hurdles at the 2012 conference meet... Named the ESCC`s Athlete of the Year after claiming wins in the 100 hurdles and long jump... Helped the Spartans to the conference team title during her sophomore season... Placed fourth in the 100 hurdles at the 2009 AAU Junior Nationals... Multi-time honor roll honoree at MCHS... Also competes on Montini's cheerleading squad.
Hometown: East St. Louis, Ill.
High School: St. Elizabeth Academy
100 Meters: 11.90
200 Meters: 24.35
400 Meters: 56.90
Three-time all conference and team MVP honoree at St. Elizabeth Academy... Holds school and conference records in the 100 meters, 200 meters, 400 meters, 4x100 relay and 4x200 relay... Became the first all-conference and state qualifying track athlete from St. Elizabeth... Earned all-state honors following her junior season... Earned all-state recognition in the 100 meters, 200 meters and 4x200 relay in 2012... Won the Missouri Class 3 District 2 championship in the 100 meters... Captured conference titles in the 100 meters, 200 meters, 400 meters and 4x100 relay as a junior... Won the 2012 AAU Northern Indoor National Championship title in the 200 meters, clocking in at 26.06... Finished in second in the 400 meters and third in the 55 meters at the Northern Indoor Nationals... Advanced to the AAU National Outdoor Championship in the 200 meters, 400 meters and 4x100 relay in 2012... Earned Ozark District titles in the 200 meters and as the anchor in the 4x100 relay... Two-time captain of the Hawks' track & field team... Selected as a member of Team Missouri at the Great Southwest Track & Field Classic in 2012.
Hometown: St. Louis, Mo.
High School: Nerinx Hall
100 Meters: 12.21
200 Meters: 24.85
400 Meters: 57.30
Earned all-state and all-conference honors following her junior season at Nerinx Hall High School... Captained the Markers' track & field team in 2011 and 2012... Ran the anchor leg of Nerinx Hall's state championship 4x100 relay team... Took fifth in the 100 meters at the Missouri state meet as a junior... Also placed sixth in the 200 meters and eighth in the 800 meters at the state meet in 2012... Captured six event titles during the 2012 outdoor season at NHHS... Qualified for the state meet in the 100 meters and 4x100 relay as a sophomore... Selected as a member of Team Missouri at the Great Southwest Track & Field Classic in both 2011 and 2012.
Hometown: Albert Lea, Minn.
High School: Albert Lea
Event: Distance/Cross Country
1600 Meters: 4:59
3200 Meters: 10:49
4000 Meters XC: 14:35
Four-time conference champion in cross country and a multi-time individual conference champion in track with Albert Lea High School... Qualified for the Minnesota state track meet each season with the Tigers... Named the team's cross country MVP five times... Advanced to the Minnesota state cross country meet each season at ALHS... Won the 2012 Big 9 Conference title, crossing the finish line with a time of 15:08.20... Placed in the top nine at all but two cross country meets she competed in during the 2012 season... Took sixth in the 3200 meters and 12th in the 1600 meters at the 2012 Minnesota Class 2A State Championship... Won the 1600 meters state title in 2011 with a mark of 4:59.29... Took third at the 2011 state meet in the 3200 meters... Placed sixth and third in the 1600 meters and 3200 meters, respectively, at state as a freshman... Began competing on Albert Lea's varsity cross country squad in eighth grade... Named to the academic all-state team in cross country and track & field... Competes in triathlons during the summer months... Active community volunteer with the Salvation Army and at church.
Hometown: Bloomington, Ill.
High School: Normal Community
Event: Distance/Cross Country
1600 Meters: 5:09
3200 Meters: 11:16
3 Mile XC: 17:15
Four-time state cross country meet qualifier and three-time conference champion with Normal Community High School... Four-time all-conference selection with the Ironmen... Ranked as the 12th-best senior among all classes in 2012... Holds Normal Community's school record in three mile cross country with a time of 17:15... Placed 28th at the 2012 Illinois Class 3A State Cross Country Championship, crossing the finish line at 17:15... Won the Class 3A Normal Sectional cross country meet with a time of 17:36... Took 12th place at the Illinois state track & field championships in the 1600 meters... Earned third place finishes in the 1600 meters and 4x800 relay at the BIG 12 Indoor Conference Championships as a junior... Claimed a second place finish in the 3200 meters at the conference outdoor meet for the Ironmen... Named the team's cross country MVP each of the past four seasons... Member of the National Honor Society and high honor roll selection each year at NCHS.
Hometown: Lakeville, Minn.
High School: Lakeville North
Event: Distance/Cross Country
1600 Meters: 5:06
3200 Meters: 11:00
4000 Meters XC: 14:21
5000 Meters XC: 18:31
Six-time state qualifier in cross country after earning a spot on Lakeville North High School's varsity squad in seventh grade... Third-ranked senior among all classes in the state of Minnesota... Four-time all-South Suburban Conference selection and three-time all-state pick... Helped Lakeville North qualify for the Minnesota state cross country meet all six years on the varsity squad... Placed seventh at the Minnesota state cross country meet in 2012 with a time of 14:21.30... Won the Section 1AA cross country title as a senior, clocking in at 14:30.60... Qualified for the 2012 Nike Cross Nationals Heartland Regional meet, where she finished 12th with a 5K time of 18:31.44... Earned finishes of seventh and 15th in the 1600 meters and 3200 meters, respectively, at the 2012 Minnesota State Track & Field Championships... Named a team captain for the Panthers in her senior season... Placed second in the 800 meters at UW-River Falls' All-American Invitational, clocking in at a career-best time of 2:27.58... Member of the National Honor Society... Mother was an All-Big 8 Conference honoree at Nebraska, while father played college basketball at Bemidji State.
Hometown: Grayslake, Ill.
High School: Warren Township
Event: Distance/Cross Country
3 Mile XC: 18:31
Named to the North Suburban Conference's Academic All-Conference teams in track and cross country her junior season... Earned all-conference honors at the 2012 NSC conference championship with a 13th place finish... Helped Warren Township High School make its first appearance at the Class 3A Illinois state cross country meet as a senior... Placed 10th at the 2012 Libertyville Regional with a time of 19:26, helping the Blue Devils place third as a team... Took 43rd at the 2012 Schaumburg Sectional, clocking in at 19:13... Did not begin running cross country until her junior year at Warren Township... Member of the National Honor Society.
Hometown: Rockford, Ill.
High School: Rockford East
Heptathlon: 4,116 points
100 Hurdles: 14.90
300 Hurdles: 45.73
200 Meters: 25.69
High Jump: 5-01.00
Three-time all-state and all-conference honoree at Rockford East High School... Qualified for the Illinois state championships each of the past three seasons... Five-time medalist at the state meet, doing so all three years in the 100 hurdles, while doing so once each in the 200 meters and 300 hurdles... Also a five-time medalist at the Illinois Top Times indoor meet... Holds the NIC-10 conference record in the indoor 200 hurdles with a time of 30.91... Broke Rockford East's school record in the 100 hurdles with a 14.90 mark... Advanced to the USATF National Junior Championships in 2011, placing seventh in the heptathlon... Earned a spot at USATF Nationals in the 100 hurdles, javelin and heptathlon... Won the outdoor conference title in the 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles as a junior, while placing second in the high jump... Finished first in the 55 meters, 55 hurdles and 200 hurdles in the indoor conference championships... Also ran cross country with the E-Rabs... Placed 16th at the NIC-10 Conference Meet in 2012, running the three mile course in 23:17.00... Member of the National Honor Society... Volunteers with Special Olympics, the Salvation Army, and the Rock River Blood Drive.
Hometown: Elmira, Ontario, Canada
High School: Elmira
Javelin: 149-08 (45.62m)
Placed third in the javelin at the 2012 Canadian Junior Track & Field Championships, tossing a personal record mark of 149-08 (45.62m)... Holds the conference, club and school records in the javelin... Finished no worse than fourth at each of Elmira's three postseason meets in 2012... Took second in the javelin at the Central Western Ontario Championships with a toss of 132-00 (40.24m)... Earned a third place finish in the javelin at the OFSAA West Regional, while placing fourth at the OFSSAA conference meet... Won the 2011 West Central Ontario title in the javelin, beating out the field by over 13 feet... Placed third in the discus at the 2011 West Central Ontario Championships with a mark of 85-11.50 (26.20m)... Also plays volleyball and basketball with Elmira... Active volunteer with the local Kiwanis club.