Amarteifio and Riley qualify for MAC during Meyo Invitational


By Maddie Barrett

The track and field team posted high scores at this weekend’s Meyo Invitational in South Bend, Indiana. Two runners posted Mid-American Conference qualifying times and marks, and placed high in the meet overall.

Junior multi-event runner Remy Amarteifio posted the third best 60-meter dash time in the Mid-American Conference this season with a time of  8.70 seconds.

First-year sprinter and jumper Diamond Riley also posted an impressive score as she had the MAC’s fifth-best mark in the triple jump with a mark of 11.98 meters, good enough for sixth place.

Riley’s day didn’t end there as she posted a long jump of 5.41 meters, good enough for fifth place.

Head Coach Connie Teaberry said she was extremely proud of the duo and what they accomplished in the meet.

“Great day for [Amarteifio and Riley]; they continue to raise the bar on their performances,” Teaberry said. “Remy always steps up to the competition. We had five other MAC schools, and she looks forward to competing against those girls.”

Building on the success of the team, first-year sprinter Taylor Tilmon placed sixth in the 200-meter dash with a time of 23.71.

In the 600-meter run, the Huskies posted two top-10 finishes. First-year sprinter Kaitlyn Lewis posted a time of 1:36.39 minutes, placing her eighth, and multi-event junior NeShay Curtis placed 10th with a time of 1:37.43 minutes.

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In the 400-meter Dash, the Huskies earned 2 top-15 finishes. Tilmon placed 10th with a time of 55.97 seconds and Lewis with a time of 56.80 placing 10th.

The Huskies also posted low times in the 5,000-meter run. Senior distance runner Ericka Hibser placed 15th with a time of 17:29.93 minutes and sophomore distance runner Sara Atkins placed 18th with a time of 17:34.43 minutes.

The Huskies placed fifth in the distance medley relay with a time of 12:09.33. NIU’s team included first-year distance runner Hannah Ricci and sophomore distance runners Mackenzie Callahan, Nora Finegan and Brynn Bartlett.

Teaberry said she has seen the improvement in the relay team and looks forward to seeing them continue to grow.

“I was extremely proud of the ladies that competed,” Teaberry said. “We’re starting to see another side of them. The staff is really proud of the ladies, and we look forward to seeing what we have in the next two meets before we get ready for the MAC championship.”

The Huskies are back in action Friday at the Grand Valley State University Big Meet in Allendale, Michigan.