Northern Illinois track and field will kick-off its 2010-11 indoor schedule this weekend, when the Huskies head to the EIU Early Bird Track and Field meet hosted by Eastern Illinois. The meet is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, at the Lantz Fieldhouse in Charleston, Ill.
The Huskies will open their indoor season at the EIU Early Bird Track and Field meet for the second-consecutive season, as Northern Illinois joins participants from Butler, Chicago State, Cincinatti, Indiana State and Kennesaw State at the meet.
As NIU enters its indoor season, assistant track and field coach Mark McConeghey feels this meet will help assess where the team stands competitively.
“It’s the season opener, and it’s very early in the season, so this will kind of give us a gauge of where we are at,” McConeghey said. “As we begin the season I hope to see the girls come back in shape and I expect the girls to compete as strong as they can.”
This season, Northern Illinois returns 30 Huskies from a 2009 squad that claimed a third-place finish and captured a school record in the 60-meter hurdles at Eastern Illinois one year ago. With the help of 14 newcomers this season, the Huskies will look to do even better in this year’s season opener.
“The teams competing will be tough,” McConeghey said. “But if the girls give us a 100 percent I think they will do very well and they are ready to begin competition. The sprinters are especially ready because they’ve been practicing all fall, and the distance girls who did not compete at NCAA (Cross Country Regionals) are also really excited about running.”
Following Saturday’s competition, Northern Illinois will take a month break before returning to the track Saturday, Jan. 8, when the Huskies travel to Kenosha, Wis., for the Carthage Open.
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