Track and Field earns three event wins at Gibson Invite

By Maddie Barrett

DeKALB — Three members of the NIU Track and Field team won events Saturday at the Indiana State Gibson Invitational in Terre Haute, Indiana.

Head Coach Connie Teaberry said she was proud of the athletes and their performances.

“Today we had another great day of weather and performances,” Teaberry said. “In the events we contested the athletes brought their ‘A’ game.”

Junior multi-event runner Remy Amarteifio took first in the 100-meter hurdles, with a time of 13.73 seconds. Amarteifio edged out Indiana State sophomore multi-event runner Ayanna Morgan by 0.05 seconds.

Amarteifio tied the meet record with her 13.73 second mark She also clocked a season-best time in the 100-meter dash, taking third with a time of 12.07 seconds.

Sophomore multi-event runner Kenyae Majors set a new personal record in the long jump with a leap of 5.86 meters, taking first in the competition. Caitlyn Redmon, Indiana State junior multi-event runner, took second with a mark of 5.81 meters.

The triple jump record at the Gibson Invitational was broken when senior jumper Jehvania Whyte jumped a 12.86 meters. Whyte topped the previous record of 12.50 meters.

Coming in second in the triple jump was Southeast Missouri State junior jumper Leslie Brooks with a mark of 11.58 meters.

Junior sprinter Brittney Hew set a season-best time of 12.14 seconds in the 100-meter dash, placing fourth in the event.

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First-year sprinter Kaitlyn Lewis set a new personal record with a time of 55.82 seconds and a second-place finish. DePaul sophomore multi-event runner Kiersten Walker placed first with a time of 55.17 seconds.

NIU also placed second in the 1,500-meter run where Meghan Biddle, redshirt-sophomore distance runner ran a personal record of 4:46.42 minutes. Sophomore distance runner Sarah Virgo ran a personal best in the race with a time of 5:45.89 minutes.

Teaberry said she was proud of first-year Kaitlyn Lewis and her efforts in the 400-meter.

“Lewis ran a well executed 400-meter race to [personal record] with a time of 55.82 which definitely moves her up on the [Mid-American Conference] performance list,” Teaberry said.

On the field side, sophomore thrower Fatima Stingily’s best discus throw was a mark of 37.92 meters. First-year thrower Christina Wood made a mark of 37.55 meters. Stingily and Wood finished ninth and tenth in the discus throw respectively.

Stingily made a mark of 34.88 meters in the hammer throw, while Wood’s best mark was 24.49 meters.

The Huskies had more personal records from other athletes. Junior sprinter Grace Harris grabbed a personal best in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:18.55 and first-year multi-event runner Taylor Ramsey set a record in the 200-meter dash with a time of 26.98 seconds.

Teaberry said she was proud of the athletes but knows they can’t get comfortable..

“There is always room for improvements, but the athletes definitely made needed adjustments from prior weeks,” Teaberry said.

The Huskies will compete again Saturday in Minneapolis, Minnesota for the Minnesota Spring Open as their March toward MAC Outdoor Championships continues.