NIU track and field looks to continue succes at Kansas Relays


April 6, 2012, Chicagoland Intercollegiate Championships

By Dustin King

NIU track and field will look to keep continue its outdoor success with the Kansas Relays Thursday in Lawrence, Kan.

The Huskies are coming off the Lee Calhoun Memorial Invitational, where they finished eighth and third in the two day event.

The Kansas Relays is a three-day event, and is one of the four major meets of the regular season.

“I’m feeling good about this one,” said NIU coach Connie Teaberry. “The girls had a good workout this week in practice. This is one of the most competitive outdoor relays. I think we’re ready.”

Janay Mitchell hopes to continue her recording-setting season after winning the 100 and 200 meters in the Lee Calhoun Memorial. Mitchell finished with an 11.88 second run in the 100 meters and a 24.35 in the 200 meters.

Rasheta Butler, who finished second in both the 100 meters and 200 meters as well, will try to continue her success from this season.

Jennifer Sio will lead the Huskies for the triple jump. Sio has already set school records for the outdoor long jumps.

The sprinters for NIU will be lead by Jenelle McCalla, Erin Milner, Erica Miller and Rebecca Cronin as the foursome will compete in the 400 meter relay. The Huskies group of four finished first in the 400 meter event at the Calhoun Memorial Inviational.

Rebecca Cronin, Julie Cronin, and Jamie Burr will compete in the 800 meter relays. Rebecca Cronin is looking to have the same success of her record breaking indoor season.

“There’s a lot of schools competing; This is one of the four biggest meets of the season,” Teaberry said. “We’re looking to qualify, and we’ll have our game-faces on and be ready.”