Jamaican track, field star signs with Huskies

Tamara Moncrieffe among world’s top athletes in jumps

Connie Teaberry

Connie Teaberry

The Northern Illinois track and field team has signed Tamara Moncrieffe as part of their 2014 recruiting class, NIU Director of Track and Field/Cross Country Connie Teaberry announced Friday.

Moncrieffe joins the Huskies from Jamaica, where she is a standout at Holmwood Technical High School in Manchester.

“The signing of Tamara Moncrieffe is huge for NIU Track and Field,” Teaberry said.

“Her marks as a high school student are in the top of the MAC now and many other conferences, as well. Tamara will have an immediate impact in the jumps and sprints. She is nationally ranked, which shows her hard work and dedication to the sport. Coach (Vince) Bingham has been working our international connections heavily and it has truly paid off with Tamara. We can’t wait to have Tamara set foot on campus.”

In the last four seasons, Moncrieffe has emerged as one of the world’s top athletes in jumps.

She is currently ranked 15th in the world among junior athletes in the triple jump with a personal best of 42-04.75 (12.92m). Last year at Holmwood Tech, Moncrieffe posted a career-long mark in the long jump of 19-09.75 (6.04m), in addition to a PR of 5-07.00 (1.70m) in the high jump. As a sophomore, she topped out at 5-03.00 (1.60m) in the high jump and 18-08.00 (5.69m) in the long jump.

The Ocho Rios, Jamaica, native serves as the vice captain of Holmwood Tech’s track & field team and has been competing at the national level since the age of 12.

The Huskies return to action next weekend when the team splits up to compete at the GVSU Big Meet and Purdue’s Fred Wilt Invitational.

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

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