Kellyman, Gregory highlight track and field at MAC Indoor Championships

By Dustin King

Chanel Kellyman and Megan Gregory’s gold medal performances highlighted NIU track and field’s run at the MAC Indoor Championships held in Akron, Ohio this weekend.

The Huskies finished in seventh place overall with a score of 48 points, which is the best conference finish for NIU since they joined the MAC.

“The staff is proud of how the ladies executed,” said NIU coach Connie Teaberry. “They went out with a purpose of winning and putting up points, and they did just that.”

Kent State won the MAC Indoor Championships finishing with team-score of 108.50 points. Toledo came in second with 87.50, and Western Michigan was right behind them with 85.50.

Western Michigan and Kent State were the favorites coming into the weekend meet.

”We really thought going into it that it was going to be a two team race between us and Kent,” said Western Michigan coach Kelly Lycan in a press release.

Kellyman set two NIU records in the 60-meter run and the 200-meter dash, finishing in first and fourth. The Toronto, Ont., Canada native recorded a 7.47 seconds time, which broke fellow Huskie Janay Mitchell’s school record by seven-hundredths of a second.

“I’m just really happy I came out on top,” Kellyman said. “It feels amazing. My hard work finally paid off…I just remembered everything coach told me to do; run my own race, don’t worry about anyone catching up to me.”

Gregory finished first in the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 8.49 seconds, which shattered Roneisha Frye’s school record by a tenth of a second.

“I’m pretty much ecstatic,” Gregory said. “I went in the finals ranked sixth. I cleared my mind and focused on me, not worrying about my competitors.”

Rebecca Cronin finished third in the 800-meters with a time of 2:10.43 minutes, which also set a new NIU school record. The previous holder of the Huskies’ record was Lorene Skipper with 2:11.59 in 2007.

Now that the indoor season is over, NIU will prepare for the outdoor season. Kellyman said that NIU needs to continue working hard moving into the outdoor season.

“If we keep working hard, we’ll come out on top in the outdoor season,” Kellyman said.

Gregory shared her teammates sentiments about the upcoming outdoor season.

“The indoors will go along way,” Gregory said. “ We need to stay focussed. It will help our whole team overall to be higher up in conference.”