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Huskies net 2 first place finishes in visit to Urbana-Champaign

Illinois State Athletics
Senior Julia Finegan (2) runs at the Redbird Tune Up on Feb. 16. Finegan finished third in the 800-meter run at the Fighting Illini Tune Up on Saturday. (Courtesy of Illinois State Athletics)

Senior Tara Stauffacher’s first place finish in shot put highlighted NIU women’s track and field’s successful day at the Fighting Illini Tune Up. 

Stauffacher championed shot put with her best throw measuring in at 12.13 meters, beating out second place by more than four meters. 

Sophomore Emily Rublein finished in second for shot put behind her teammate Stauffacher. Rublein’s best throw was 8.09 meters, a new personal best. 

The Huskies’ 4×100 meter relay team took a first place finish with a new season best time on the season at 46.97 seconds. The relay team consisted of graduate student Aasiyah Barr, senior Skylynn Blue, fifth year Christine Irving and senior Malia Watkins. 

Senior Kendal Only was runner-up in the triple jump, with her longest jump measuring at 11.82 meters. Sophomore Aniya Barton finished directly behind Only in the triple jump, taking third place with a career best jump of 11.39 meters. 

Senior Julia Finegan took third place in the 800-meter run, finishing the race with a time of 2:19.30, and coming up 0.5 seconds short of University of Illinois freshman Isabella Daley. 

The Huskies high jump duo of freshman Arianna Calloway and junior Kamiya Dendy took fourth and fifth place finishes at the meet. 

Both jumpers cleared the mark of 1.71 meters but Calloway cleared it on her first try, earning fourth place, and Dendy on her third, putting her in fifth place. 

Blue and sophomore Ari Christian also took fourth and fifth place in the 100-meter dash. Blue finished in fourth with a time of 12.15 seconds and Christian finished in fifth with a time of 13.32 seconds. 

Fifth-year Jazmyn Smith finished fourth place in the long jump, with her best jump being 6.02 meters. 

Irving and Blue finished within two hundredths of each other in the 200-meter dash, as the duo took fourth and fifth place. Irving outlasted her teammate, taking fourth place with a time of 25.16. Blue finished in fifth place with a time of 25.18 seconds. 

The Huskies will be back in action at 10 a.m. Thursday for the MAC Outdoor Championships at the NIU Soccer and Track & Field Complex. Live stats will be available via Athletic Live.

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