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Quartet of Huskies track, field athletes advances to finals at Kansas Relays, Totzke breaks record

April 20, 2012
Sidra Sherrill

Sidra Sherrill

The Northern Illinois track and field team broke yet another school record Friday at the Kansas Relays, while also qualifying four athletes for finals in their respective events.

NIU will have three athletes – Chanel Kellyman, Janay Mitchell and Rasheta Butler – in the 200 meters final, while Roneisha Frye will represent Northern in the 100 hurdles final.

“We had great efforts in some events and lacked concentration in others,” said Huskie head coach Connie Teaberry.

“Our field event ladies competed well, with Sidra (Sherrill) throwing a personal best that will move her up in the MAC standings. Roneisha’s (Frye) hurdle race had a strong finish to make it into the finals tomorrow and all three ladies in the 200 braved the cold temps this morning to clinch final spots.”

“We missed key opportunities in the 100, 400 and 4×100, which we will have to regroup for next week. We need strong, competitive efforts tomorrow.”

The Huskie highlight of the day was arguably in the 200 meters prelims. Despite windy conditions inside Memorial Stadium, Kellyman paced the NIU triumvirate with a 24.43 mark to win the fourth heat and qualify for the finals.

Meanwhile, Mitchell’s time of 24.68 and Butler’s 24.83 clip put them into the top eight and into tomorrow’s final. The NIU trio will run at 9:50 a.m. for a shot at first place.

Frye advanced into Saturday’s 100 hurdles final behind a 14.29 run to win the fourth heat. The Fairview Heights, Ill. native posted the eighth-fastest time in the prelims and will run at 1:05 p.m. tomorrow in the final.

Sticking with the sprints, Kellyman added her name to the NIU record books again this season, doing so this time with an 11.75 run in the 100 meters to finish in ninth. The Toronto native easily bested the previous Huskie best, a time of 11.83 set by Butler in 2010, by eight-hundredths of a second. Not far behind Kellyman was Mitchell in 10th at 11.92 and Butler at 12.02 to take 12th.

In relays, the 4×400 relay of Jenelle McCalla, Erica Miller, Erin Milner and Julianne Cronin took tenth in the prelims with a time of 3:59.22, just missing the finals by a couple seconds.

Sidra Sherrill earned a new personal record in the shot put, reaching 45-03.50 (13.80m) to finish in 12th place. In the jumps, Jenner Sio took fifth place in the triple jump with a 39-05.75 (12.03m) leap.

Totzke Makes Record-Setting Run at Mt. SAC Relays

Juliane Totzke

Juliane Totzke

WALNUT, Calif. — While most everyone else in the Midwest was sleeping, Huskie sophomore Juliane Totzke etched her name into the NIU outdoor record books in the 10,000 meters at the Mt. SAC Relays.

Totzke, from Graefenroda, Germany, crossed the finish line with a time of 36:23.93 to finish in 23rd in the Olympic Development Elite heat.

“It’s always exciting to get a school record, but Juliane and I both know she can run significantly faster,” said NIU assistant coach Greg Hipp. “The race just didn’t play out as we had hoped, but I do think Juliane learned a lot about how to better approach a major race like this. She’ll now look toward performing better at the MAC Championship.”

The NIU sophomore’s time easily toppled the old NIU mark, which was a time of 37:39.20 set by Alicia Martin in 1982.

The Huskies will wrap up their weekend in Kansas Saturday morning. The day begins at 8:40 a.m. with the sprint medley relay.

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