April 18, 2008
LAWRENCE, Kan. - The Illinois women's track and field team had a strong showing on Friday at the Kansas Relays, recording one first place finish and advancing three people to tomorrow's event finals.
The Illini took the meet's shuttle hurdle relay title, as the foursome of Nikkita Holder, Tamika Robinson, Jessica Penney and LaNeisha Waller timed 57.21 seconds to win the event. Nebraska was second with a time of 57.48.
Senior Briana Cunningham ran the fastest 400m hurdles time in the event preliminaries, timing 1:00.31 to finish first out of 35 athletes.
Senior Tiara Armstrong advanced in the 100m, running 12.01 to finish fourth in prelims. Junior Omoye Ugiagbe will also run tomorrow after finishing sixth in the 400m preliminaries with a time of 56.79.
Freshman Melissa Bates was 10th in the triple jump with a mark of 36 feet, 10 1/4 inches.
The Kansas Relays conclude tomorrow, with field events starting at 8 a.m. and running events beginning at 9 a.m. All running event finals will be held, and the Illini are scheduled to compete in the pole vault and long jump. Illinois will also run in the special invitational 4x100m and 4x200m relays.