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Track and field heads south for Illini Classic

January 19, 2012
Roneisha Frye

Roneisha Frye

The Northern Illinois track and field team heads downstate for the second consecutive weekend, where they will compete at the Illini Classic.

The meet begins at 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20, with the women’s pentathlon, and then continues Saturday with the women’s weight throw, while running events kick off around noon.

“The girls have competed pretty well in the last three meets,” said Huskie head coach Connie Teaberry. “What I am looking for in this meet out of all the ladies is confidence – confidence going into each one of their events and better preparation going into each one of their events so we’re really ready to run.”

“There is some great competition that is going to be there this weekend and we have to put our A-game out on the track.”

NIU will be among 10 schools competing at the meet. The field includes several top-notch programs, with Illinois, Missouri, Tennessee State and Lincoln (Mo.) among the teams competing. Illinois State, SIU-Edwardsville, Southeast Missouri State, Bradley and Murray State are also scheduled to be competing in the scored meet – the Huskies’ first such competition this season.

“All of those schools that are going to be there are great sprint schools, great distance schools, and I think it will prove to be some of the best competition we have had for the indoor season,” Teaberry said.

The Huskies are coming off a performance at last week’s Illini Open where they garnered two event titles and 15 top-five finishes.

Rebecca Cronin won the 600 meters with a personal-best time of 1:35.67, while Courtney Oldenburg took the 3000 meters in her 2011-12 debut, crossing the finish line at 10:24.77. In addition, Rasheta Butler and Sidra Sherrill both earned multiple top-five finishes.

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