Athletics take top honors in six events at Redbird Invite
Huskies claim first event titles of 2022 outdoor season in Normal competition
FromKALB –The women’s track and field earned six event wins on Saturday when competing in the Redbird Invite hosted by Illinois State University on Saturday at Normal.
Saturday’s performance gave NIU its first outdoor event titles of the season with three events now on the books. Their first two outings at the Texas State Invitational and Texas Relays March 24-26 resulted in 10 top-10 finishes for NIU.
Huskies sprint to success
Junior Jahnetta Jones was representing one of NIU’s six event titles at the invite. The Romeoville native finished with the fastest time in the 100-meter preliminaries at 12.01 seconds. Jones’ performance in the 100-meter final ended with a first-place finish in 12.18 seconds.
The Huskies continued to impress in the sprints with an excellent finish in the 200 yards by sophomore Malia Watkins. The transfer from Missouri State University recorded an event best time of 24.91 seconds. Watkins’ teammate and sophomore Skylynn Blue took third at 25.43 seconds, allowing NIU to represent two of the top three finishes in the event.
NIU completed its sprint performance with another event title in the 400 meters. Freshman Roshell Rowe finished in 57.63 seconds.
NIU impresses on the pitch
Sophomore Scout Regular earned second place in the 100-meter hurdles preliminaries, finishing in 14.21 seconds. Regular improved his standing in the event final, picking up another Huskie team win with a 14.40-second finish.
The long jump event saw another Huskie finish first. Senior Jazmyn Smith’s 5.99-yard mark was enough to take first place over Loyola University Chicago sophomore Melissa Parrella’s 5.92-yard mark. Senior Katrina Small’s 5.49-metre jump put her fifth in the standings, leaving two Huskies in the top five.
The final victory in Friday’s competition came in the triple jump. Sophomore Kendal Only’s final jump lifted her from fourth to first in the standings. The final jump was 11.75 meters.
“It wasn’t ideal weather, but definitely ideal effort and performance by the athletes regardless of the conditions,” athletics director Connie Teaberry said in an NIU Athletics report. Press release. “Staff were impressed with the athletes’ poise and determination that led to multiple event wins and personal bests that will move them up the (Mid-American Conference) list.”
The Huskies will look to add more titles to their 2022 resume with five events remaining before the MAC Outdoor Championships starting May 12.
NIU will remain in state for next weekend’s outing at the Illini Classic hosted by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The competition will start on Friday and end on Saturday. Events will be held at Demirjian Park in Champaign.