Northern Illinois University director of track & field and cross country Connie Teaberry will be inducted into the Kansas State Athletics Hall of Fame this weekend as one of 10 members of the Wildcats’ 2016 induction class.
Official induction ceremonies will take place on Friday, Jan. 29, before the distinguished individuals are recognized at halftime of the K-State men’s basketball game Saturday afternoon against Ole Miss at Bramlage Coliseum.
“I think when you’re recognized for an award like this, it’s a validation that those before you and those after you kind of acknowledge the hard work that you put in,” Teaberry said. “Being a student-athlete then, and especially being in coaching now, I’ve really started to realize all the hard work that is put in, so being inducted into the Hall of Fame at Kansas State solidifies that all the hard work I put in was worth it.”
Teaberry, who has been leading the track & field program at NIU for 12 seasons, originally made a name for herself nationally – and internationally – during her collegiate years as a student-athlete at Kansas State University in Manhattan.
While competing for the Wildcats from 1989-92, Teaberry was an eight-time letterwinner, earning four indoor and four outdoor track & field letters.
But most impressively, Teaberry was a four-time outdoor All-American and a two-time indoor All-American in the high jump, garnering six All-America honors while setting several K-State school records in the process. She still ranks in the top-three of the Wildcats’ record book in both the indoor and outdoor high jump.
After her stellar senior season, St. Louis native Teaberry was named the Big Eight Most Valuable Track & Field Athlete in 1992 and also earned the title of Kansas State Woman of the Year that same spring.
Her success at Kansas State ultimately led to a professional career that featured appearances at three USA Track & Field Championships and three World Championships (1993-95), culminating with a spot on the Team USA roster for the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta as a high-jump specialist after she finished second in the event at the USA Olympic Trials that summer.
Teaberry’s induction the Kansas State Athletics Hall of Fame comes during another hugely successful period of her career, as the efforts of herself and her coaching staff have vaulted the NIU track & field program into a Mid-American Conference Championship contender this season after the Huskies’ posted school-record fourth-place finishes at both MAC meets in 2015.
Since the start of the 2015 calendar year, Teaberry’s Huskies have broken 10 indoor school records and 12 outdoor school records as the NIU track & program continues to hit news heights under its experienced and internationally recognized leader. NIU also set school records with three MAC Indoor champions and five MAC Outdoor champions in 2015 with 10 First Team All-MAC honorees.
While Teaberry is in Manhattan for her induction this weekend, the NIU track & field program will aim to continue its upward trajectory of success on Friday and Saturday at Minnesota’s Jack Johnson Invitational as the Huskies build toward the MAC Indoor Championships, which will be held in Akron, Ohio, at the end of February.
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