Track and field headed to Ball State meet

By Ed Rietveld

This weekend, track and field’s athletes have another opportunity to qualify for the MAC indoor championship on Feb. 22 and 23. .

The Huskies are competing in the Ball State Quadrangular meet on Friday. NIU is coming off a solid performance at the Grand Valley State University Big Meet last weekend. There, 11 Huskies had top 10 finishes.

Leading the way were two senior sprinters Janay Mitchell and Megan Gregory, who both earned spots in next week’s indoor conference championships at Eastern Michigan University.

Mitchell finished seventh in the 60 meters with a time of 7.63, but her 7.57 time in the prelims is the fifth fastest in the conference this season, earning her a spot in the championships.

In the prelims of the 60 meter hurdles, Gregory qualified for the championships with the fourth fastest time in the conference this season: 8.65.

Head coach Connie Teaberry said in order for her team to build momentum heading into the indoor conference championships, they will focus on one thing.

“I just think we need to stay consistent, stay focused and keep our belief in the abilities that they have,” Teaberry said. “The girls have worked extremely hard all fall. We’ve had a lot of little injuries here and there. So, just making sure we keep our confidence and focus on what we need to be in each event.”

Teaberry said having NIU competing against teams in the conference this weekend will be nice considering the conference championships are around the corner.

“Yes, it’s always a good meet to see some of the MAC competitors,” Teaberry said. “The girls get a chance to see in their event area what other athletes are doing. Ultimately, at the end of the day, we really don’t care who’s on the track with us. They’re competing at the same level every single time that they step out on the track.”