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Track and field nets 8 top 5 finishes at Cougar Classic

Illinois State Athletics
Freshman Morgan Gioia runs at the Redbird Tune-Up on Feb. 16. NIU track & field took home eight top five finishes at the Cougar Classic on Saturday. (Courtesy of Illinois State Athletics)

NIU women’s track and field collected eight top five finishes at the Cougar Classic on Saturday, three of which were in the 200-meter dash. 

The Huskies trio of runners in the 200-meter dash took home second, third and fourth place. Junior Talayssia Sanders was the first Huskie finisher, with a time of 25.81 seconds. 

Senior Skylynn Blue came in just behind Sanders with a time of 26.00 seconds. Fifth year Christine Irving rounded out the top four with a final time of 26.14 seconds. 

NIU’s only first place finish of the day came from their 4×400 meter relay team. The team consisted of Sanders, senior Kennedy Crawford, freshman Olivia Dixon and junior Roshell Rowe. The Huskies won the event by a full second, with a final time of 3 minutes, 54.27 seconds. 

The Huskies finished in fourth place in the 4×100 meter relay, consisting of Irving, graduate Aasiyah Barr, sophomore Ari Christian and freshman Arianna Calloway. The relay team finished with a time of 49.38 seconds, just 0.14 seconds behind Bellarmine University.

Irving also netted herself a top five finish in the 100-meter dash, landing in fourth place. Irving finished with a time of 12.79 seconds. 

Junior Olivia Southby finished in fifth place in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:29.24, finishing just two seconds behind St. Louis University freshman Lauren Guiley. 

Southby also earned herself a top 10 finish in the 1500-meter run by finishing in seventh place with a time of 5 minutes, 02.17 seconds – a new personal best.

Sophomore Lydia Bauer also finished in the top 10 for the 1500, taking ninth place. Bauer finished the race with a time of 5:03.06. 

The Huskies had a pair of top 10 finishers in the 3000 meter run, as fifth year Emma Planck took third place with a time of 10 minutes, 49.82 seconds. Junior Joy Jackson finished in sixth place, posting a time of 11:13.84. 

Junior Xiomora Malone took a sixth place finish in the 100-meter hurdles, finishing the race with a time of 15.80 seconds. This was Malone’s third time competing this season and her first time competing in the 100-meter hurdles. 


The Huskies will be back in action Friday and Saturday for the Michael Johnson Invitational in Waco, Texas, hosted by Baylor University.

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