Track, field prepares for indoor championships

Huskies aim to keep record-setting indoor season going

Chanel Kellyman

Chanel Kellyman

The Northern Illinois track & field team kicks off their indoor postseason this weekend with the Mid-American Conference Indoor Championships in Akron, Ohio, at Stile Field House.

The meet begins at 10 a.m. Friday with the preliminary rounds, along with finals in the 5,000 meters, distance medley relay, weight throw and long jump.

Saturday action starts at 9 a.m.

“All of the other indoor competitions have given the ladies great preparation for the MAC Championships,” said Huskie head coach Connie Teaberry.

“The athletes will continue to execute as they have in their other competitions this season. They will give each event everything they have, competing with confidence and believing in their abilities,” Teaberry added. “When we enter a competition in this manner, great things happen.”

Seven Huskie athletes sit in the top five of their respective events heading into the conference championship meet. Among that list, NIU has two athletes each in the top five of two events. Janay Mitchell and Chanel Kellyman are third and fourth, respectively, in the 60 meters, while Roneisha Frye and Megan Gregory sit in second and fifth, respectively, in the 60 hurdles.

The other three Huskie athletes at the top include distance runners Courtney Oldenburg (fourth in the mile) and Juliane Totzke (fifth in 3000 meters), in addition to jumper Jenner Sio (fifth in triple jump).

In other events, Kellyman, Mitchell and Rasheta Butler rank seventh, eighth and ninth, respectively, in the 200 meters. The Huskie 4×400 relay team of Kellyman, Jenelle McCalla, Julianne Cronin and Rebecca Cronin ranks sixth in the conference with their school record time of 3:47.74.

MAC Indoor Track & Field Championships 2012 logoNorthern will look to keep the momentum of their record-setting indoor season going this weekend, as they have set or tied eight different school records in 2011-12. The most recent records to fall were the 60 meters with Mitchell’s 7.54 clip and the 60 hurdles, courtesy of Frye’s 8.59 time.

At the 2011 MAC Indoor Championships in Bowling Green, Ohio, NIU broke four school records at the meet.

Butler topped the 200 meters and 400 meters record, while Mitchell took the 60 meters record and Sio eclipsed the triple jump mark. Yet, only Butler’s 400 meter time remains untouched.

The meet will be scored on a 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis with the top eight athletes in each event earning points for their team.

For more information on NIU track & field and Huskie athletics, visit www.niuhuskies.com.

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