Caulfield, relay team set for NCAA preliminary

Cora Caulfield
Cora Caulfield

The Northern Illinois 4×100-meter relay team and thrower Cora Caulfield have qualified to compete in the NCAA West Preliminary Round at the University of Oregon’s Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.

Chanel Kellyman, Roneisha Frye, Brittany Smith and Rasheta Butler will represent the Huskies in the relay and Caulfield will compete in the discus.

Both events will take place Saturday, May 28, the third, and final, day of the NCAA Preliminary Round.

“We are all exceptionally proud of these ladies and their accomplishments,” said NIU head coach Connie Teaberry. “To have Cora and the relay qualify for the NCAAs caps the season with a high note, the girls have worked very hard and are extremely deserving of the success they have achieved.”

Caulfield earned fourth-place in the discus last Saturday at the Mid-American Conference Championship with a career-best throw of 166-01 (50.63m).

She has won the discus competition at three meets this year, taking top honors at the Viking Olympis, the Point Loma Invitational and the Huskie Open. Caulfield will enter the meet ranked 28th out of 48 competitors, the top 12 in all events at the Preliminary Round advance to the NCAA Championships.

Fresh off of winning the MAC Title in the 4×100-meter relay with a school-record time of 45.64 seconds, the Huskie foursome of Kellyman, Frye, Smith and Butler will travel to the NCAA Preliminary with the 22nd-fastest time at the meet. Megan Gregory will serve as the alternate for the Huskies 4×100-meter relay team.

“Having Megan going as an alternate will be a benefit because she qualified last year in the 100-meter hurdles and she knows what the first round of the NCAAs is all about,” Teaberry said. “These young ladies are capable of making it to the next round and we look forward to getting there and representing Northern Illinois University.”

Since 2003 when the NCAA Championships added a preliminary round, Caulfield is the second NIU student-athlete to qualify in the discus, joining Jennene Anthony who qualified in 2006. The 4×100-meter relay team is the first NIU quartet to qualify for the event under the current championship format.

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