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Women's track breaks more school records

By NIU Media Relations

The Northern Illinois track & field team added to their record-setting season Friday at the Texas Relays, topping the school records in the 4x400 relay and sprint medley.

In addition, NIU registered two top ten finishes at one of the nation's oldest and most competitive meets.

"Texas Relays is one of the top competitions held outdoors," said Huskie coach Connie Teaberry. "We had some solid performances this weekend, but we also missed some key opportunities to run faster. Even with some mishaps, our finishes in every event we entered were the best we had at (in Texas)."

"Jenner was the first athlete in my tenure to qualify for a final here. We are moving in the right direction."

The Huskie quartet of Chanel Kellyman, Rebecca Cronin, Julianne Cronin and Rasheta Butler etched their names into the Northern record book with a run of 3:46.21 to finish fifth in the first heat and 26th in the 49-team field. The previous school mark was 3:46.84, set in 2007 by Carolyn Vasquez, Coretta Evans, Brittany Houghton and Lorene Skipper.

In the sprint medley, Kellyman, Janay Mitchell, Butler and Rebecca Cronin took eighth place in the sprint medley with a run of 3:57.72, which topped the previous school mark of 4:00.85 set by Kellyman, Roneisha Frye, Butler and Cronin at the 2011 Drake Relays.

The quartet of Kellyman, Mitchell, Roneisha Frye and Butler finished 14th in the 4x100 relay with a 46.23 clip.

Jenner Sio took the highest finish of any Huskie in Austin with a sixth place showing in the triple jump. The Rockford, native leapt 39-08.50 (12.10m) for her best mark of the season.

Mitchell and Butler took 45th and 46th, respectively, in the 100 meters, clocking in at 11.98 and 11.99. Meanwhile, Megan Gregory took 36th in the 100 hurdles at 14.17, along with Frye running a 14.26 for 40th place.

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