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Track team uses downtime to bond

By Ed Rietveld | April 16, 2013

With only one home meet on its schedule during the regular season, the track and field team has to spend a lot of time on the road traveling to competitions. The hectic travel schedule is even busier during the team’s outdoor season: NIU has competed...

Triple jumps requires focus for track athletes

By Ed Rietveld | April 15, 2013

There is an event in track and field where the old axiom “easy as one, two, three” rings true: the triple jump. The triple jump requires focus and technique in just a short amount of time because athletes are running at full speed. Assistant coach...

Track and field set for Tennessee

By Ed Rietveld | April 10, 2013

Track and field will again compete in the South when they travel to Sea Ray Relays Thursday through Saturday. Facing tough competition is quickly becoming a theme of NIU’s outdoor track and field season and the Sea Ray Relays, which are hosted by the...

Track and field sees improvements in distance

By Ed Rietveld | April 8, 2013

In Greg Hipp’s two years on campus as head cross country and assistant track and field coach, he has brought NIU’s distance running programs to new heights. The cross country team has set nine school records since Hipp joined NIU, and he has translated...

Huskies finish 3rd in weekend track meet

By Ed Rietveld | April 7, 2013

For the second straight weekend an NIU track athlete broke a school record. This time it was junior heptathlon competitor Natalie Tarter. Tarter won the seven-event competition Chicagoland Championships. Tarter, a University of Wisconsin transfer, tallied...

Track and field to compete in Chicagoland championships

By Ed Rietveld | April 3, 2013

After having to get on a plane to travel to its last three competitions, track and field will only have to get on bus this weekend. The Huskies will compete in the Chicagoland championships hosted by Lewis University in Romeoville. The Huskies won this...

Track and field breaks school record at Raleigh Relays

By Ed Rietveld | March 31, 2013

The track and field team sent two groups of athletes to two different events and came up with mixed results. The distance runners competed at the Raleigh Relays at North Carolina State University. At the event, one Huskie clinched her spot in the MAC...

Track and field to compete at Texas

By Ed Rietveld | March 27, 2013

After a week away from competition, track and field will compete in two events this weekend. Thursday through Saturday, the sprinters will compete at the Texas relays, which will be hosted by the University of Texas at Austin. The distance runners will...

How you start matters in track and field

By Ed Rietveld | March 26, 2013

In a sport like track and field, where the majority of the events the athletes are running against the clock, every 10th of a second matters. Nowhere is this fact more apparent than in sprinting events like the 100 meters, 200 meters, 400 meters and the...

Track and field outdoor season to see extensive travel schedule

By Ed Rietveld | March 25, 2013

The track and field team will be forced to live a more nomadic life with an increased amount of travel this outdoor season. During the indoor season the team generally stayed in the Midwest, competing in Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Michigan and Minnesota....

Hurdles in track and field explained

By Ed Rietveld | March 19, 2013

Imagine running full speed and trying to cross the finish line with the fastest time possible, but there are barriers that block the way. Jumping over those barriers is the only way to reach that finish line. This is what hurdlers in track and field face...

Track and field had strong showing at season open

By Ed Rietveld | March 17, 2013

Over spring break, track and field began its outdoor season by competing in the Bulls Invitational, which was hosted by the University of South Florida. The Huskies started the outdoor season on the right foot with 15 top 10 finishes, including an event...