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Planck leads cross country at NCAA Midwest Regional

By Zack Rodriguez, Sports Reporter | November 11, 2023

DeKALB – Led by graduate student runner Emma Planck, all four NIU cross-country participants finished within the top-175 in the 6-kilometer run at the NCAA Midwest Regional on Saturday. The Huskies failed to achieve a team score.  “I’m happy...

Senior Julia Finegan runs at the Western Illinois Invitational cross country meet on Sept. 1. The Huskies finished the event tied for second place. (Photo courtesy of NIU Athletics)

Two Huskies PR, cross country takes 11th

By Zack Rodriguez, Sports Reporter | October 28, 2023

DeKALB – Graduate student runner Emma Planck and senior Julia Finegan paced five other Huskies participants as NIU took 11th place at the MAC Championship on Saturday.  For the third consecutive season, the Huskies have finished in the bottom two...

NIU cross country head coach Juan Carrillo takes in the scene at an NIU event. Carrillo is in his first year as head coach of NIU cross country. (Courtesy of NIU Athletics)

Culture shifter: The Carrillo effect on NIU cross country

By Zack Rodriguez, Sports Reporter | October 26, 2023

11 years ago, NIU cross country head coach Juan Carrillo was immersed in a pursuit of one of the ultimate achievements in all of sports: Olympic contention.  Fast forward to the present, Carrillo has amassed a wealth of coaching experience, achieved...

Finegan leads Huskies in Joe Piane Notre Dame Classic

By Zack Rodriguez, Sports Reporter | September 29, 2023

DeKALB – Senior Julia Finegan set a new personal record in the 5-kilometer race as NIU’s cross country team finished 15th out of 19 teams at the Joe Piane Notre Dame Classic on Friday.  Despite Finegan's career-setting afternoon, NIU finished...

Cross country struggles at Mel Brodt Collegiate Open

By Zack Rodriguez, Sports Reporter | September 16, 2023

DeKALB – Senior Katelyn Robbins was once again the first Huskie to cross the finish line as NIU’s cross country team finished ninth out of the 10 participating teams at the Mel Brodt Collegiate Open on Friday. Not a single NIU contestant secured...

Senior Julia Finegan runs at the Western Illinois Invitational cross country meet on Sept. 1. The Huskies finished the event tied for second place. (Photo courtesy of NIU Athletics)

Carrillo, NIU debut with second place tie

By Zack Rodriguez, Sports Reporter | September 2, 2023

DeKALB – First-year cross country head coach Juan Carrillo led the Huskies to a second-place finish at Friday's Western Illinois Invitation. This marks the second consecutive season NIU has placed second in the season opener.  Top 10 performances...

Then-redshirt senior Victoria Robinson runs at the Hawkeye Invitational in September 2021. The Huskies are set to begin their season Friday. (Photo courtesy NIU Athletics)

New coach, veteran leadership vital to cross country success

By Zack Rodriguez, Sports Reporter | August 31, 2023

DeKALB – With the offseason in the rearview mirror, NIU’s cross country team is ready to lace up and hit the trail for what promises to be an exciting 2023 campaign. The Huskies hope to yield different results after a season that ended with an...

Carrillo announced as cross country head coach

By Alex Crowe, Assistant Sports Editor | April 6, 2023

DeKALB – NIU Director of Athletics and Vice-President Sean Frazier announced Juan Carrillo as head coach of the NIU cross country team Wednesday.  Carrillo returns to lead the cross country team after spending 2015-17 as a volunteer assistant. As...

Then-redshirt senior Victoria Robinson runs at the Hawkeye Invitational in September 2021. The Huskies are set to begin their season Friday. (Photo courtesy NIU Athletics)

NIU cross country finishes strong at Bradley “Pink” Classic

By Michael Stoll, Sports Reporter | October 15, 2022

DeKALB – The Huskies crossed the finish line in 12th as a team on Friday afternoon in Peoria, Illinois at the Bradley “Pink” Classic. This is a 17-place improvement from the team’s 29th placing at the same event last year. Senior Brooke Valentine...

Senior Brooke Valentine (right) keeps pace with a group of Northwestern Wildcats at the front of Fridays race. Valentine was the fastest-finishing Huskie with a time of 19:19.28.

Healthy Huskies grab 35th at Live in Louisville Classic

By Michael Stoll, Sports Reporter | October 3, 2022

DeKALB – The NIU Huskies fielded a fully-healthy seven-woman lineup at the Live in Louisville Classic cross country event on Saturday. This was the third event of the year for NIU, and easily the most stacked. Entered into the women’s 5K blue division...

Senior Brooke Valentine (right) keeps pace with a group of Northwestern Wildcats at the front of Fridays race. Valentine was the fastest-finishing Huskie with a time of 19:19.28.

NIU boasts two top-10 finishers in opening meet

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | September 3, 2022

DeKALB — The NIU cross country team had a pair of top-10 finishers at the First State Bank Huskie Challenge to open the 2022 season at the North 40 Course Friday. Seniors Brooke Valentine and Katelyn Robbins each crossed the finish line by the 20th...

Moreno bonds with Huskies as new distance runner coach

Moreno bonds with Huskies as new distance runner coach

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | April 26, 2022

Jamie Moreno has demonstrated flexibility and competitiveness in his first year at NIU, but he is not a gymnast. Moreno is NIU’s newest cross country head coach and distance coach for track and field. Moreno has established himself as a fatherly...