Successful Trip to Miami for NIU Track & Field

CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Four Huskies posted personal bests as the Northern Illinois University women’s and field team took advantage of perfect weather conditions in the second outdoor action of 2024 at the Hurricane Alumni Invitational, hosted by the University of Miami in Coral Gables.
“Miami was good to us,” said NIU Director of and Field Connie Teaberry. “We had great weather, efforts, and performances.  The staff preaches to the athletes constantly to seize every opportunity possible and we saw the athletes working and executing to do just that this weekend.”
NIU’s Talayssia Sanders (Waco, Texas/Waco Connally HS) and Roshell Rowe (Manchester, N.J./Manchester HS) led a contingent of four Huskies in the 200 meters as they each recorded a PR with Sanders a 25.27 and Rowe 25.33. Sanders ran the 400 meters in 56.56 with Rowe recording a 56.93 in that event.
In the 800 meters, Emma Vorpagel (Hartland, Wis./Arrowhead HS) recorded a PR with a time of 2:14 .31. Senior Julia Finegan (Palatine, Ill./Fremd HS) ran both the 800 and the 1,500 in times of 2:21.26 and 4:54.98, respectively.
NIU senior Tara Stauffacher (Columbus, Wis./Beaver Dam HS), who completed her eligibility with the Huskie women’s basketball team in March, joined the and field team last week to bolster the Huskie throws squad. With only two practices and in her first competition in over four years, Stauffacher threw the shot put nearly 40 feet (39-9 ¾).
“In addition to the PRs, we saw several season bests and gained a ton of confidence,” Teaberry said. “Henriette Halwas competed in four events this weekend in preparation for the Heptathlon at MAC [Championships] and her focus was unwavering.  Each weekend we are seeing the athletes step up which is all we ask.”
Halwas, a junior from Knittlingen, Germany, ran the 200 meter dash and competed in the long jump, high jump and shot put, with top 15 finishes in each of the field events.
The Huskies are back in action on Saturday, April 13 at the SIUE Cougar Classic in Edwardsville, Illinois.
Hurricane Alumni Invitational (Cobb Stadium)
Coral Gables, Fla. – April 5-6, 2024
100 Meter Dash
12. Malia Watkins 11.89
27. Christine Irving 12.57
28. Aasiyah Barr 13.51
200 Meter Dash
30. Talayssia Sanders 25.27
32. Roshell Rowe 25.33
39. Christine Irving 25.72
43. Olivia Dixon 26.19
44. Henriette Halwas 26.33
400 Meter Dash
13. Talayssia Sanders 56.56
15. Roshell Rowe 56.93
20. Olivia Dixon 59.48
800 Meter
13. Emma Vorpagel 2:14.31
20. Julia Finegan 2:21.26
1500 Meter
11. Julia Finegan 4:54.98
High Jump
8. Arianna Calloway 1.72 (5-07 3/4)
10. Kamiya Dendy 1.67 (5-05 3/4)
12. Henriette Halwas 1.62 (5-03 3/4)
Long Jump
T13. Henriette Halwas 5.56 (18-03)
29. Xiomara Malone 4.95 (16-03)
Triple Jump
10. Kendal Only 11.84 (38-10 1/4)
Shot Put
10. Tara Stauffacher 12.13 (39-09 3/4)
15. Henriette Halwas 10.11 (33-02)
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