Feb. 13, 2009
AMES, Iowa - The Fighting Illini women's track and field team opened competition strong at the Iowa State Classic, hitting a number of personal-bests on Friday at the Lied Recreation Center.
The ISU Classic is one of the largest indoor collegiate meets in the country, with over 80 teams in attendance.
The Orange and Blue made noise in the 200m, with senior Omoye Ugiagbe and sophomore Melissa Bates placing seventh and eighth, respectively, in a field of over 130 athletes. Ugiagbe ran the fastest time of any Illini this season in timing 24.58, while Bates was just behind in a season-best time of 24.62. Sophomore Tamika Robinson also ran well for Illinois, timing 24.89 and placing 19th. Shellene Williams won the 200m in 24.17, competing unattached.
Sophomore Jessica Penney was impressive in the long jump, placing fourth out of 49 competitors with an indoor personal-best leap of 19-8 3/4. Junior Alecia Beckford-Stewart was 12th in the event with a mark of 18-7 1/4.
Illinois ran a distance medley relay for the first time this season, with the squad of sophomore Shannon Phelan, junior Paris Streets, freshman Latoya Griffith and sophomore Chantelle Groenewoud placing sixth with a time of 11:46.15. Wichita State won the relay in 11:31.93.
Track and field action at the Iowa State Classic resumes tomorrow beginning at 9:30 a.m. and will run all day.