Created: Saturday, January 19, 2013 5:35 p.m. CDT

Women's track and field: Huskies begin competition at Jack Johnson Classic


MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - The Northern Illinois track & field team kicked off action at the Jack Johnson Classic Friday in Minneapolis, Minn.

After the first day, the Huskies sit in eighth place, still looking to get points on the board after having only a few athletes competing in the opening events.

The highlight of the day came from Michaela Dwyer, who smashed her personal record in the pentathlon with 3,053 points and a 12th place finish. Among the five events that compose the pentathlon, the sophomore finished in the top eight in three of them, including seventh place showings in the shot put and long jump. Her previous personal best was 2,622 points.

In the only field event of the night, Ellen Renk and Alex Schad tied for 12th place in the long jump. The pair of Huskies reached a mark of 16-08.00.

On the track, Ashley Lucas made her NIU debut with an 11th place finish in the 5000 meters, clocking in at 19:10.68. The transfer from Lewis was followed by teammate Katie Janssen, who was 12th at 19:21.25. Alexis Capps rounded out the NIU contingent with a 16th place finish at a time of 20:08.32.

Alexandra Rowe placed 19th in the 200 meters with a time of 26.95, while freshman Alicia Osley was 28th at 27.33.

The competition heats up tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. with the remainder at the meet. Field events start the schedule, while running events get underway at noon with the 60 meters preliminaries.

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