Track, field ends regular season on high note

Huskies set school records in three events at Drake Relays

Roneisha Frye

Roneisha Frye

The Northern Illinois track and field team put the finishing touches on their regular season in impressive fashion, breaking school records in all three events in which the Huskies competed.

The 4×100 relay mark was broken for the second-straight day, while the sprint medley relay and triple jump standards also fell.

“Today was a record day for our athletes,” said Huskie head coach Connie Teaberry. “Jenner’s (Sio) jump was explosive and she was confident. Our relays went to battle today and both showed great competitive drive and executed well.”

“The coaches are proud of the ladies and we are looking forward to competing at the MAC Championships.”

The 4×100 relay team of Chanel Kellyman, Janay Mitchell, Roneisha Frye and Rasheta Butler bested their time from Friday’s prelims with a 45.38 run to take third place in the finals, trailing only Texas and Arkansas. The quartet topped the 45.52 clip they posted in the prelims. On top of that, NIU’s mark ranks as the fastest time in the Mid-American Conference.

Earlier in the day, the sprint medley relay of Mitchell, Butler, Julianne Cronin and Rebecca Cronin blasted the NIU record with a time of 3:54.71, claiming fifth place in the 14-team field. The previous school best was a 3:57.72 mark set earlier this season by Kellyman, Mitchell, Butler and Rebecca Cronin at the Texas Relays.

Jenner Sio also had a record-setting performance in Iowa’s capital, breaking her own school record in the triple jump with a 40-02.00 (12.24m) to finish in seventh place. The Rockford, Ill. native’s previous NIU record was a 39-10.75 (12.16m) leap in 2011.

Huskies Win Seven Events at UW-Whitewater Alternative Meet

Claire McAuley

Claire McAuley

While some of the team was at the Drake Relays, the rest of the team competed at the UW-Whitewater Alternative Meet, where they took seven event titles.

In addition, seven different athletes set new personal records at rain-soaked Foster Track.

Five of the seven wins came on the track. Erica Miller set a new PR in the 400 meters, crossing the finish line at 59.28 to take top honors and shave over one second off her previous best. In addition, Katie Janssen also posted a superb performance, winning the 5000 meters in a time of 18:31.22 to lower her career-best in the event by nearly 38 seconds.

Alexandra Rowe went wire-to-wire in the 100 meters, recording the best prelims time at 13.51 before winning the event with a 13.46 run in the finals. Rowe would also finish in second in the 200 meters with a 27.10 clip.

Meanwhile, Erin Milner and Jenelle McCalla claimed the top two spots in the 400 hurdles by timing in at 1:03.01 and 1:03.77, respectively.

The final event title in the running events came courtesy of the 4×400 relay team of Miller, Rowe, Milner and McCalla, who broke the tape with a time of 4:09.28.

In field events, freshman Alex Schad had an excellent day in her home state with a win in the long jump and a third place finish in the triple jump. The Milwaukee, Wis. native recorded a 16-10.50 (5.14m) jump in the long jump, then set a new PR in the triple with a 34-02.25 (10.42m) leap.

Kelly Moser grabbed the other win in field events by taking first in the high jump. The senior cleared 5-01.00 (1.55m) for the top spot.

Three other Huskies earned top five finishes on the day. Claire McAuley was second in the 1500 meters at 4:53.85 and Alexis Capps took fifth in the 5000 meters with a PR of 19:27.88. Additionally, Sidra Sherrill was second in the discus with a 138-04 (42.17m) throw and third in the shot put behind a 42-09.00 (13.03m) heave.

NIU will have next weekend off as they prepare for the 2012 MAC Outdoor Championships, which will take place May 10-12 at Central Michigan.

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