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Waldrop nails NIU pole vault record in first meet

December 13, 2010
Rachael Waldrop

Rachael Waldrop

Northern Illinois track and field freshman Rachael Waldrop shattered the NIU pole vault school record, and junior Rhonda Lee tied her own 60-meter dash school record, to help the Huskies to a fourth-place finish at the 2010-11 indoor season opener Friday afternoon. 

At the season-opening Eastern Illinois Early Bird Track and Field meet, the Huskies also saw strong performances from Roneisha Frye and Jenner Sio, who claimed first-place titles at the Lantz Fieldhouse in Charleston, Ill.

“For the opening meet, I thought we did very well,” said assistant track and field coach Mark McConeghey. “Roneisha and Jenner both won their events, and our freshman Rachael set a school record in the pole vault. It is early in the season and this meet is a good indicator of where we are as a team.”

In just her first meet with the Huskies, Waldrop set a school record when she notched a mark of 10”07’ (3.23m) in the pole vault to claim a seventh-place finish. Competing in the 60-meter dash, Lee raced to a school record time of 7.70 to tie a record she set at the Iowa State Classic (2/13/10).

Frye and Sio also saw strong performances in the season opener, as each Huskie finished first in their respective events.

Setting a personal-best record in the 60-meter hurdles Frye raced to a time of 8.81, while Sio claimed the top finish in the long jump with a mark of 17”09.5’ (5.42 m). Sio earned her second top-three performance of the afternoon when she leapt to a mark of 37”3.25’ in the triple jump to finish third.

Rhonda Lee

Rhonda Lee

Racing to career bests, junior Chanel Kellyman and sophomore Rebecca Cronin each set personal records in their respective events. In the 60-meter dash, Kellyman raced to a time of 7.84 in the preliminary rounds before claiming a ninth-place time of 7.86 in finals. Kellyman recorded her second career best of the day when she ran a time of 26.37 in the 200-meter dash.

In the 600-meter run Cronin crossed the finish line in a personal-best time of 1:37.19 to finish second. The sophomore also saw success in the relays when she joined Erica Miller, Rasheta Butler and Jenelle McCalla in the 4×400-meter relay. The quartet combined to cross the finish line in a time of 4:05.14.

In the throwing events, Mary Bull set personal records in both the shotput and weighthrow with marks of 40”9.5’ (12.43) and 38”5.5’ (11.72), respectively.

“If we work over break, I think we will continue to do fine as we head into the rest of our season,” McConeghey said. “We want to see the girls improve each week. We always strive to compete stronger, and this meet helped us know what we need to do and learn from to improve.”

The Huskies will take a one-month break from competition before returning to action Saturday, Jan. 15, at the Badger Quads in Madison, Wis.

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