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Compiled list of news links for the Texas Relays, NC State Raleigh Relays and Texas State Bobcat Invitational:

March 29, 2014 - NIU Caps Big Weekend at Bobcat Invitational
March 28, 2014 - Claudette Day Breaks Heptathlon Record at Texas State
March 27, 2014 - Huskies Start Strong in Texas
March 26, 2014 - Huskies Split for Texas, North Carolina

News Links:

NIUToday.info:  Recap Story

NIUHuskies.com:  Day  One Recap

NIUHuskies.com:  Day Two Recap

NIUHuskies.com:  Preview Story

Northern Star:  Recap Story

Northern Star:  Preview Story

Results:

Team:  10th Place (37 points)

Individual:  Link via TFRRS

Pictures:

Podium Pictures @ NIUXCTrack Instagram

Top Performers:

Meghan Heuer:  One-Mile (4th Place, 4:53.60)

Ali Olson:  One-Mile (7th Place, 4:55.89)

Rebecca Cronin:  800-meters (2:10.56 [prelim], 2:12.01 [finals], 7th Place)

Latesha Bigby:  Pentathlon (4th Place, 3,835 points)

Latesha Bigby:  60-meter Hurdles (3rd Place, 7.50)

Latesha Bigby:  60-meter Dash (5th Place, 7.57)

Claudette Day:  Pentathlon (8th Place, 3,580 points)

Claudette Day:  High Jump (6th Place, 5-06)

Sidra Sherill:  Shot Put (8th Place, 47-02.5)

4x400m Relay / Aiesha Irvin-Muhammed, Tahtyana Peer, Rebecca Cronin, Julie Cronin (8th Place, 3:47.15)

Distance Medley relay / Ali Olson, Julie Cronin, Hannah Savage, Meghan Heuer:  (4th Place, 11:35.03)

Record Book:  (NIU Record List)

4x400m Relay:  Aiesha Irvin-Muhammed, Tahtyana Peer, Rebecca Cronin, Julie Cronin:  (3:47.15, #1 All-Time)

Distance Medley relay:  Ali Olson, Julie Cronin, Hannah Savage, Meghan Heuer:  (11:35.03, #1 All-Time)

Pentathlon:  Latesha Bigby (3,835 points, #1 All-Time)

Pentathlon:  Claudette Day (3,580 points, #2 All-Time)

Pentathlon:  Logan Tillmon (3,246 points #3 All-Time)

Long Jump:  Claudette Day (18-09.25, #1 All-Time)

One-Mile:  Ali Olson (4:55.89, #4 All-Time, #2 Sophomore)

One-Mile:  Hannah Savage (5:01.19, #5 All-Time, #3 Sophomore)

800-meters:  Rebecca Cronin (2:10.56 [prelim], #1 Senior)

800-meters:  Latesha Bigby (2:17.26, #9 All-Time, #4 Junior, #1 Pentathlon)

60-meter Hurdles:  Latesha Bigby (8.50, #2 All-Time)

Note:  Top 10 Performers list not complete for all events.  Complete list still in progress.  

Personal Bests Achieved:

Destini Artis:  60-meter Hurdles (New:  8.88  |  Old:  8.94)

Latesha Bigby:  60-meters (New:  7.57 | Old:  7.65)

Latesha Bigby:  60-meter Hurdles (New:  8.50  |  Old:  8.65)

Latesha Bigby:  Pentathlon (New:  3835  |  Old:  3686)

Claudette Day:  60-meter Hurdles (New 8.74  |  Old:  8.81)

Claudette Day:  Long Jump (New:  18-09.25  |  Old:  18-08.5)

Claudette Day:  Pentathlon (New:  3580  |  Old:  n/a)

Alex Isom  400-meters (New:  59.58  |  Old:  1:00.18)

Colleen Krawczykowski:  Triple Jump (New:  33-07.25  |  Old:  33-04)

Ali Olson:  One-Mile (New:  4:55.89  |  Old:  4:57.09)

Hannah Savage:  One-Mile (New:  5:01.19  |  Old:  5:01.82)

Sidra Sherrill:  Shot-Put (New:  47-2.5  |  Old:  47-02)

Logan Tillmon:  Pentathlon (New:  3243  |  Old:  n/a)

Stories Of Interest:

Pentathlon:  All three NIU competitors, Bigby, Day and Tillmon, surpassed the previous NIU school record.  Noteworthy is the previous school record holder Michaela Dwyer (3,236 points) is still on the NIU team.  MAC rules only allowed three entrants in the event.  Outdoors all four will be availiable for the Huskies in the heptathlon including Natalie Tarter who is the NIU record holder in that event.

One-Mile:  The pace went out slow with Heuer and Olson coming through the 800-meter point at 2:34 (5:09 pace).  Both had big kicks finishing in 4:53 and 4:55, respectively.  Most impressive of all is Heuer fell (?pushed?) to the track with 400-meters remaining and quickly popped back up and ran down the field.  Falling and still finishing the mile with a 2:17 last 800m is an impressive show of strength, speed and toughness.  Without the fall a MAC title may have belonged to Heuer.

Distance Medley Relay:  The DMR team of Olson, J. Cronin, Savage and Heuer not only bettered the NIU record, they broke the Kent State Field house record and were only two-seconds off the MAC Championship record (oversized track).  Despite their record setting run the MAC relay squads had a banner day which held the Huskies to a fourth place finish. 

Team Scores:  While the Huskies did finish 10th, their team total was only one-point from 8th, 12 from sixth and only 22 from fourth.  It was the Huskies second highest point total ever.  NIU returns all but one scoring performer (R. Cronin, 2.25-points).

Next Up:  (Schedule)

3/22 - Cougar Classic @ SIUe (Meet Info)

38 years ago today running legend Steve Prefontaine passed away after a car accident. You probably do not remember Pre’s personal bests, but you likely know of his toughness, passion and fearless racing style. A lot of people can run, jump and throw well. After you hang up your spikes people may forget your PR’s, but they will never forget your loyalty, the way you treated them and how well you trained, lived and competed. Make sure you are remembered the way you want to be. Go Huskies! #Time2Lead

38 years ago today running legend Steve Prefontaine passed away after a car accident. You probably do not remember Pre’s personal bests, but you likely know of his toughness, passion and fearless racing style. A lot of people can run, jump and throw well. After you hang up your spikes people may forget your PR’s, but they will never forget your loyalty, the way you treated them and how well you trained, lived and competed. Make sure you are remembered the way you want to be. Go Huskies! #Time2Lead

Below is NIU’s 2013 recruiting class (both signees and walk-ons) and their current personal bests as of 6/25/13.  This post will be updated as new recruits commit or new personal bests are achieved.

Aiesha Irvin-Muhammad [East St. Louis, Ill. / St. Elizabeth Academy (Mo.)]

•11.74 100-meters, 24.34 200-meters, 56.90 400-meters

Alexandra Isom [St. Louis, Mo. / Nerinx Hall HS)

•12.21 100-meters, 24.82 200-meters, 57.30 400-meters

Carly Pederson [Bloomington, Ill. / Normal Community HS]

•5:09 1600-meters, 11:10 3200-meters, 17:15 3-Milexc

Chrissy Monson [Albert Lea, Minn. / Albert Lea HS]

•4:59 1600-meters, 10:49 3200-meters, 14:35 4-Kilometerxc

Colleen Krawczykowski [Villa Park, Ill. / Willowbrook HS]

•17-9 Long Jump, 47.09 300-meter Hurdles 

Destini Artis [Country Club Hills, Ill. / Hillcrest HS]

•14.31 100-meter Hurdles, 47.26 300-meter Hurdles

Danielle Dlabal [DeKalb, Ill. / DeKalb, HS]

•2:20 800-meters, 18:35 3-Mile Cross Country

Imani Haynes [Matteson, Ill. / Marian Catholic HS]

•44.60 300-meter Hurdles, 14.79 100-meter Hurdles

Jasmine Wilson [Elmira, Ontario, Canada / Elmira HS]

•149-08 Javelin

Lauren Zuidema [Sterling, Ill. / Sterling HS]

•10-09 Pole Vault 

Logan Tillmon [Rockford, Ill. / Rockford East HS]

•4,116 points Heptathlon, 14.89 100-meter hurdles, 44.26 300-meter Hurdles, 5-01 High Jump, 25.69 200-meters 

Katelyn Leubke [Huntley, Ill. / Huntley HS]

•16.10 100-meter Hurdles, 48.46 300-meter Hurdles 

Rachel Shoemaker [Grays Lake, Ill. / Warren Township HS]

•5:22 1600-meters, 11:01 3200-meters, 18:31 3-Mile Cross Country 

Tahtyana Peer [Milwaukee, Wisc. / King HS]

•11.81 100-meters, 24.07 200-meters, 55.99 400-meters

Taylor Perkins [Lakeville, Minn. / Lakeville North HS]

•5:06 1600-meters, 11:00 3200-meters, 14:21 4Kxc, 18:31 5K Cross Country

Tyra Bickham [Blue Springs, Mo. / Bue Springs South HS]

•145-01 Discus, 43-6.74 Shot Put

At NIU you will find positive teammates, supportive coaches and a university that respects and cares for you. As a Huskie student-athlete you will feel like you are part of a unique athletic family where student-athletes, coaches and support staff from all teams support each other on and off the field of competition. Your NIU experience will be unique and memorable. You will reach your goals at NIU, but as important you will never forget your NIU experience and you will always be proud that you choose to become a Huskie!

You will receive a degree from one the top public universities in the entire country (Ranked Top 10% of Public Universities by U.S. News and World Report at 108th). NIU offers countless undergraduate, masters, Ph.D. and professional degrees in many areas including law, business, engineering, education, health sciences and more. You will leave NIU not only with a degree, but with the confidence to start a rewarding career.

NIU Academic Rankings: http://niu.edu/about/rankings/index.shtml

 


NIU’s tremendous athletic facilities will give you the confidence that nothing stands in your way of reaching your athletic potential. You will have access to NIU’s outdoor track and field complex, the NIU North 40 cross country course, the Yordon Performance Center, the new 340-meter Chessick Center indoor track and miles of soft surface dirt roads and trails. Everything you need to train, regardless of weather, will be right on campus.

NIU has a mission to “Build Champions In the Classroom, In Competition and In Life”. We believe the life of a successful student-athlete is priority driven, not single minded. You will belong to a positive team culture that provides the opportunity to succeed academically to secure your future, athletically to enrich your life while still providing you the social balance to make your NIU experience both memorable and enjoyable.

You will have access to NIU’s Student-Athlete Academic Support Services.  There you will find a wide range of resources including academic counseling, early registration, laptop loan, tutoring, computer laps and a study hall.  Additionally there you will take part in the CHAMPS Life Skills program and carer development and preparation services.

Link:  Student-Athlete Academic Support Services