Track heads to MAC Indoor Championships

Jenelle McCalla
Jenelle McCalla

The Northern Illinois track and field team will head today to the Mid-American Conference Indoor Championships as weeks of preparation and competition culminate in the final competition of the 2011 indoor season. 

The two-day event kicks off at 10:30 a.m. today at the Perry Field House in Bowling Green, Ohio, with the women’s pentathlon. Field Events will begin at 11 a.m. with the women’s weight throw, while running events are set for 3 p.m., starting with the 60-meter hurdles preliminary round.

Friday night action at the championships will conclude with the distance medley relay events at 6:55 p.m. Competition will resume Saturday morning with women’s weight throw at 11 a.m. The weekend will conclude with the 1,600-meter relay final, which is set for a 4:25 p.m. start

“The ladies have been preparing for the MAC Championships this entire indoor season,” said NIU head track and field coach Connie Teaberry. “Each of the ladies has worked extremely hard and shown great dedication throughout the season. They have persevered through tough competition and competed well at the big meets we have had. I believe we are ready to compete in the MAC Championships and I am really looking forward to seeing how the ladies compete this weekend.”

Entering the weekend the Huskies have earned 13 top-20 performances in their respective events this indoor season. Jenner Sio leads the Huskies on the MAC lists as she holds the eighth-place spot in the triple jump with a mark of 37-08.50.

Roneisha Frye and Rasheta Butler join Sio among the top-10 performers in the MAC in their events.

Frye currently ranks ninth in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.81, while Butler sits in ninth place in the 200-meter dash with a time of 24.82. Butler is also 20th in the 60-meter dash (7.75), where she joins teammate Rhonda Lee who ranks 15th with a time of 7.70.

In the 1,000-meter run Nora Ferguson holds 15th with a time of 3:08.57. Also placing among the top competitors in the 1,000-meter run are Lindsay DeReadt (3:17.68) and Sunsea Shaw (3:19.91) who rank 18th and 20th, respectively.

In the field events, Kelly Moser is 16th in the high jump with a mark of 5-03.75, while Mary Bull ranks 18th in the MAC in the shot put with a mark of 40-09.50.

The relay squads have also made their mark this season, as three relays rank among the top-20 performances.The 4×800-meter relay squad (Rebecca Cronin, Ferguson, Shaw and Courtney Oldenburg) owns a second-place spot (9:44.70), while the 4×400-meter relay team (Jenelle McCalla, Butler, Chanel Kellyman and Cronin) hold the eighth-place spot with a time of 3:56.36. The Distance Medley Relay team (McCalla, Shaw, Ferguson, Oldenburg) hold 11th with a time of 12:35.34.

The weekend’s events will be scored on a 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1 scale, with the top-eight performers in each event earning points for their respective teams. Results will be available on NIUHuskies.com following the conclusion of each day’s competition.

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

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