400m runners shine on Saturday
Majority to Baton Rouge, select squad to California
Three Orange and Blue crack school's top-10
Meet will take place at Hutsell-Rosen Track
The squad scored 161 team points; five titles
Photos from the Illini Open on Jan. 12, 2013
2012 Track and Field
Outdoor: Scored points at the Big Ten Championships in the javelin, placing sixth with a launch of 196-2 (59.80m) ... Set a career-best pole vault mark of 15-7 (4.75m) at the SEC/Big Ten Challenge ... Notched a personal-best discus mark of 108-2 (32.98m) at the SEC/Big Ten Challenge ... Academic All-Big Ten.
Indoor:Participated in the heptathlon ... Recorded a personal best 5,046 at the Illini Classic ... Participated in the 60m hurdles, high jump, long jump, pole vault, and shot put along with the heptathlon ... Placed second in the high jump at the Illini Open with a jump of 6-5 (1.96m) ... Participated in four meets.
2011 Track and Field
Outdoor: Participated in 400m, 110m hurdles, pole vault, long jump, discus, high jump, and javelin...Placed eighth in javelin at SEC/Big Ten Challenge with 167-2 (50.95m)
2010 Track and Field
Outdoor: Did not compete.
Indoor: Competed in the heptathlon at the Big Ten Championships ... Took third in the heptathlon at the Carle/Health Alliance Classic with a personal-best 4,604 points ... Ran the 60m hurdles at three meets and set a personal-best time of 8.71 during prelims at the Iowa Dual ... Recorded a personal best of 15-1 3/4 (4.62m) in the pole vault at the EIU Friday Night Special ... Cleared a personal-best height of 6-6 ¼ (1.99m) in the high jump at the Iowa Dual.
An all-state selection in pole vault at the 2009 Illinois Class 3A state meet ... Earned five varsity letters, with three in track and two in soccer ... Three-time all-conference selection.
Born April 13, 1991 ... Parents are Thomas and Michelle Monte ... Has three brothers ... His biggest thrill in sports is breaking records ... Majoring in chemical engineering ... Wants to get a job with NASA after graduation.
Monte's Personal Bests
400m: 56.40 - Tom Botts Invitational (4/9/11)
110m hurdles: 15.09 - LSU Invitational (4/2/11)
Pole vault: 15-7 (4.75m) - SEC/Big Ten Challenge (3/23/12)
Long jump: 20-11 ¾ (6.39m) - SEC/Big Ten Challenge (3/26/11)
Discus: 108-2 (32.98m) - SEC/Big Ten Challenge (3/23/12)
Javelin: 196-2 (59.80m) - Big Ten Championships (5/13/12)
High jump: 6-2 ¾ (1.90m) - Tom Botts Invitational and Mussco Twilight (4/9/11) (4/23/11)
60m Hurdles: 8.54 - Orange and Blue Open (2/4/12)
High Jump: 6-6 ¼ (1.99m) - Iowa Dual (1/9/10)
Pole Vault: 15-5 (4.70m) - Illini Open (1/14/12)
Shot Put: 40-10 (12.45) - Illini Open (1/14/12)
Long Jump: 20-11 3/4 (6.39m) - Orange and Blue Open (2/4/12)
Heptathlon: 5,046 pts. - Illini Classic (1/21/12)
Updated August 2012