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Huskie track, field prepares for Midwest’s best

February 9, 2012

Huskie track & fieldMembers of the Northern Illinois track & field team make the journey this weekend to Ames, Iowa, where they will compete in the prestigious Iowa State Classic.

The meet, which is arguably the most competitive indoor meet in the Midwest, began today with multi-events. However, running and field events kick off Friday and Saturday inside the Lied Rec Center with an 11 a.m. start both days.

“The Iowa State Classic is a competition the athletes look forward to each year,” said Huskie head coach Connie Teaberry. “The facilities are great and some of the best track and field athletes attend (this meet). The competition will be fierce, but we welcome the challenge.”

More than 50 teams will be competing at the meet, including the host Cyclones, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Kansas State, Iowa, Wichita State, Southern Methodist and Nebraska.

Additionally, six of the top 10 and nine of the top 15 teams in the Midwest Region will be at the meet.

NIU returns to the track after a week off from competition.

At their last meet, the Huskies blasted the competition on a record-setting day at the IWU Invitational. NIU won 11 event titles, including taking the top spot in every running event in which an NIU athlete competed. Northern also broke six meet, five track and two school records in the process. The Huskies took 10 of their 11 event titles on the track.

Tops on the day were Janay Mitchell and the 4×200 relay team, who each broke school, meet and track records on the day.

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