April 6, 2007
Eleven members of the Illinois women's track and field team traveled to Austin, Texas, to compete in the 80th running of the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays at Mike A. Myers Stadium, against some of the top collegiate athletes in the nation, at a meet that draws nearly 40,000 spectators each year. The remaining Illini did not end up traveling to Charleston, Ill. to compete in the EIU meet on Saturday, April 7 due to frigid temperatures in the 30's.
On their first day of competition, the Illini represented quite well in the 400m hurdles. Seniors Carlene and Camile Robinson, and junior Briana Cunningham all posted regional qualifying times of 57.96, 58.37 and a personal best 1:00.48 respectively, while qualifying for tomorrow's 400m hurdles final.
The 4x100m relay team comprised of juniors Tiara Armstrong and LaNeisha Waller, sophomore Omoye Ugiagbe and senior Yvonne Mensah, posted a season high 45.55, which was good enough to land them in tomorrow's final, as well as qualify them for the NCAA Regional Championships. The relay team heads into tomorrow's competition in eighth.
Senior Kristina Jones also enjoyed a successful day in triple jump, with a mark of 40'09.75" to place seventh overall, while Mensah ran an personal best 11.73 in the 100m to qualify for NCAA Regional Championships. Alongside Mensah is teammate, Waller, also heading to Regionals, thanks to the 13.59 she posted in the 100m hurdles. Waller heads into tomorrows finals in seventh-place.
"Our plan today going in was to set personal bests and we did that," assistant coach Tonja Buford-Bailey said. "Our 4x100m relay team ran a great time, and we're just very happy with the way the girls performed today."
A full recap and results of the final day of competition from Texas Relays can be found at fightingillini.com following the conclusion of the meet.