Track and field to finish indoor season at Eastern Michigan

By Ed Rietveld

Track and field finishes the indoor portion of its season this weekend when it competes in the MAC indoor championships Friday and Saturday at Eastern Michigan University.

Last weekend, the Huskies got a taste of what the MAC championships could be like when they competed in the Ball State University Quadrilateral meet. The Huskies finished second in the four team meet where the competition was made up of just fellow MAC schools. The Huskies’ 106 points put them behind the Western Michigan Broncos and ahead of Miami Ohio and Ball State University.

Three Huskies captured event titles at the Ball State meet. Senior sprinters Megan Gregory and Janay Mitchell and sophomore distance runner Meghan Heuer all finished first for the Huskies.

Mitchell won the 60 meters in a time of 7.57; she finished second in the 200 meters, running a season-best 25.42. Gregory won the 60 meter hurdles in 8.77, while Heuer won the mile in a time of 5: 02.75, her first career victory at NIU.

Head coach Connie Teaberry said her team can build off of last weekend’s meet.

“The momentum that we gained last week at the Quad meet with the other MAC…competitors should give the girls confidence that they’ve seen some of the girls: what their strengths are, what their weaknesses are,” Teaberry said. “And be able to go into their event executing and confident…they are ready to compete at the championship meet.”

At the same time, Mitchell said even though she had success last weekend, the conference championship is a new meet.

“Yeah, it gave me more confidence, but I can’t let that really take over because anything can happen in a race because it’s so quick,” Mitchell said. “So, I’m just trying to stay humble and practice hard this week and get ready for the championships.”

Teaberry said she feels it is important her team reach its potential as it heads into this weekend’s indoor championships.

“It’s very important for us to head into the MAC championships peaking, because that’s when you’re gonna get your best performances,” Teaberry said. “We need the ladies to be focused and realize the training that they have done has led them up into this moment and what we’ve done is, we’ve formulated the workouts throughout the entire fall season for indoor, so they can peak at the right time, which is the indoor championships.”