Huskies claim three event titles at Musco Twilight

IOWA CITY, Iowa – The Northern Illinois University women’s track and field team picked up three wins on Saturday (April 23) as the Huskies competed in the University of Iowa Musco Twilight. Malia Watkins (Upper Marlboro, Md./Missouri State) won the 100 meters, Jazmyn Smith (Pinecrest, Fla./Gulliver Prep) won the long jump and the quartet of Skylynn Blue (Indianapolis, Indiana/North Central), Watkins, Smith and Regular Scout (St. Louis, Mo./Incarnate Word Academy) won the 4×100 meter relay.

“Another great competition for the Huskie ladies,” said NIU Director of Athletics Connie Teaberry. “These athletes impress me every encounter with their hard work, focus and willingness to fight for every second and every meter of improvement. Their desire to be the best shows in their execution. However, we cannot We’re settling in. With another regular competition of the season and then the MAC Championship just around the corner, they have to stay humble but hungry.”

Watkins posted the MAC’s second fastest time this season in winning the 100 meters, with a time of 11.55 seconds. Blue finished fifth in the 100 with the conference’s third best time this season clocking 11.66 seconds.

A week after setting the school long jump record, Smith took first place in the event in Iowa with a jump of 6.23 meters (20-05.25). Smith’s best mark held off the competition, led by Sydney Willits of Iowa State, who finished second at 6.19 yards.

In addition to their wins in the individual events, Watkins and Smith ran the middle two legs of NIU’s victorious 4×100-meter relay. Blue took the lead and Regular dropped anchor as the Huskies’ winning time of 45.80 seconds was nearly two seconds faster than second-place Iowa (47.55) and is also the second fastest MAC’s fastest this season.

In the 100-meter hurdles, Regular recorded his best time of the season, crossing the finish line in 13.68 seconds to finish third in the competition, while also posting the MAC’s third-best time this year. Meanwhile, in the 400 meter hurdles, Kennedy Crawford (Douglasville, Ga./Alexander) cracked the top 10 in the conference this season with a time of 1:02.35 to finish third in the competition.

With his third place in the triple jump, Katrina Petite (Atlanta, Ga./Arkansas-Pine Bluff) posted the MAC’s fourth highest rating this season. Small’s best mark of the competition measured 12.24 meters (40-02.00) and came on his second attempt of the day.

NIU will return to Iowa State next weekend as it competes in the Drake Relays in Des Moines, beginning Thursday, April 28.

100 meter dash
1. Malia Watkins11:55 a.m.
5. Skylynn Blue11.66
9. Regular Scout12.01

400 meter dash
5. Kaitlyn Lewis56.89
6.Roshell Rowe, 57.15

800 meter race (unseeded)
3. Kayla LaFontaine2:26.33

3000 meter race
6. Joy Jackson11:00.81

100 meters hurdles
3. Regular Scout13.68
8. Kendal only14.89

400 meters hurdles
3. Kennedy Crawford1:02.35

Relay 4×100 meters
1. Blue, Watkins, Smith, regular, 45.80

Relay 4×400 meters
2. Rowe, Lewis, Crawford, LaFontaine, 3:52.48

long jump
1. Jazmyn Smith6.23m
5. Kenyan majors5.82m
7. Diamond Riley5.64m
13. Dymier Jeffery5.02m
14. Kendal only4.90m

Triple jump
3. Katrina Petite12.24m
4. Diamond Riley11.75m
6. Kendal only11.64m

Disk
14. Fatima sparingly33.77m

hammer throw
13. Fatima sparingly40.00m

Joseph K. Bennett