Track and Field opens season at Grand Valley State


Junior sprinter Neshay Curtis in a race during the 2018 track season

By Marcel Carrasco

The Track and Field team kick off their 2018-2019 campaign on Dec. 7, hoping to build on last season’s record-breaking performances by setting new goals.

“Our expectations from them all, no matter their college experience, is to compete and execute,” Head Coach Connie Teaberry said. “Perfecting these two things, can carry an athlete to great performances.”

Teaberry said the coaching staff will work closely with their young team to get the best out of them for the season. Teaberry said this year’s team added 10 new faces including eight first-year athletes.

“Our returns will watch over the younger group, making sure they are stepping up,” Teaberry said. “We are looking forward to watching the returns continue to excel. They are extremely hungry to display their track improvements.”

Huskie senior Jehvania Whyte returns after record-setting indoor and outdoor campaigns last season. Whyte’s accomplishments include NIU records for indoor Long Jump at 19-01.50 and indoor Triple Jump at 43-05.25.

Whyte also tied the MAC Triple Jump record and finished her year as an All-American in the 2018 NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Triple Jump.

Sophomore Ashley Tutt is set to return strong after a successful first year, breaking several school records. Tutt currently holds the 5000 Meters and 10000 Meters school records.

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She received MAC accolades including the 2018 MAC Indoor and Outdoor Freshman Track Performer of the Year.

“What I like most about this year’s team is their desire to be great and their maturity,” Teaberry said. “This is a team of confident student-athletes and we are eager for the season to officially begin.”

The Huskies will travel to Grand Valley State University where they will compete in the GVSU Holiday Open on Friday making it their first and only competition before the winter break.