Track and field finishes top 10 in Indiana

By Ed Rietveld

Track and field traveled to the University of Indiana Relays in Bloomington this weekend.

Friday saw five Huskies finish in the top 10 of their events. The group was led by senior Rebecca Cronin, who won the open division of the 600 meters with a mark of 1:35.71 in the event’s third heat.

“It was just really my first race, so I could get my feet wet and I was just focused on a form and staying relaxed during my run,” Cronin said.

In the field, two freshman jumpers–Ellen Renk and Ida Burbulla–continued to build on the solid starts during the indoor season.

Renk finished sixth in the long jump by jumping 17-04.25 and also set a new personal best in the triple jump of 37-05.50. The new personal best earned her a seventh place finish.

In the high jump, Burbulla finished in a tie for sixth with a jump of 5-3.

Renk said her work in practice is starting to translate to success during meets.

“I think it was just the work in practice that we’ve been putting in…,” Renk said. “I think I’m starting to find more confidence in my ability and my place on the track team. I haven’t been performing that well and I really want to perform better for the team.”

On the second day of competition, NIU continued to have athletes finish in the top 10 of their events. Sophomore shot-putter Sidra Sherrill finished seventh with a toss of 49-05. 50.

Junior Juliane Totzke finished eighth in the 5000 meters with a time of 18.07.70. Another Huskie finished in eighth place: freshman Leah Raffety clocked in at 18:16.59. Head coach Connie Teaberry said her team gave it everything it had both days.

“The ladies…competed with a lot more heart and mental and physical focus throughout the entire weekend,” Teaberry said.