The Northern Illinois track & field team begins their final preparations for the Mid-American Conference Indoor Championships Friday when they head to Muncie, Ind., for the Ball State Quadrangular.
The meet starts at 4 p.m. CT with the weight throw, long jump, pole vault and high jump. Running events are scheduled to start at 5:15 p.m. CT with the 60 hurdles prelims.
“We are looking forward to competing at Ball State Friday,” said Huskie head coach Connie Teaberry. “Conference competition always adds intensity to performances. This meet will give the ladies an opportunity to see where they size up before the Mid-American Championships next week.”
“We are still fine-tuning some things before next week’s championships, but the outcome should be good.”
NIU will be joined by MAC schools Ball State, Miami (Ohio) and Western Michigan inside the Field Sports Building. The scored meet will feature a 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1 scoring format, but only the top two competitors with each team can score. Northern finished fourth at the meet a season ago, scoring 78 points with a condensed squad.
The Huskies are looking to continue their upward trend after taking an event title and nine top 10 finishes at last weekend’s Iowa State Classic. In addition to the numerous personal bests set, two school records were broken and a third was tied.
Jenner Sio broke her own mark in the triple jump with a 39-01.00 mark and the 4×400 relay team of Chanel Kellyman, Jenelle McCalla, Julianne Cronin and Rebecca Cronin topped the old NIU record by nearly two seconds, clocking in at 3:47.74. Also, Kellyman tied Rasheta Butler‘s 200 meter record with a 24.52 run.
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