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Track, field team prepare for Illini Open

January 12, 2012

Huskies track and fieldMembers of the Northern Illinois track and field team will travel Saturday, Jan. 14, to Champaign, Ill., where they will compete in the Illini Open.

The meet begins at 10 a.m. with the men’s weight throw, while running events begin at noon inside the UI Armory. The Huskies will be one of four teams in a field that includes host Illinois, Saint Louis and Hannibal-LaGrange.

“With every competition, we really expect the girls to go out and compete,” said Huskie head coach Connie Teaberry. “That’s the biggest thing for us. If the ladies continue to compete, we’ll see great performances. We want to see confidence and I think, with those things, we’ll have good places.”

The Huskies are coming off an excellent performance at Kansas’ Bill Easton Classic last weekend.

Roneisha Frye (60 hurdles), Rebecca Cronin (600 yards) and Jamie Burr (1000 meters) all won their respective events. Burr, who was competing in the first collegiate meet of her career, eclipsed the NIU record in the 1000m, topping the previous record of 3:00.51, which was set by former Huskie great Alicia Czajka in 2005.

As a team, the Huskies collected 15 top-five finishes in Lawrence, Kan., including 10 in the sprint events alone. Burr’s record-breaking run was the third school record to fall this season.

Saturday’s meet will be the first of two straight meets at Illinois, as NIU will return to Champaign next weekend for the Illini Classic. By going to UI in consecutive weeks, Teaberry feels that it will give the Huskies an opportunity to see how they match up to the Fighting Illini and other programs in the Midwest.

“This kind of gives us a chance to see the competition that Illinois has, the athletes and what they’re doing,” Teaberry said. “It’s a good prelude into the meet next week, which is scored, so there will be a little more competition.”

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