Women's Cross Country, Track & Field


Ryisha Boyd
Ryisha Boyd

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Brick, N.J.

High School:
Brick Township HS

Event:
Sprints

Birthdate:
03/27/1990

I/O Eligibility:
SR/SR

06/12/2012

Six Orange and Blue Earn All-America Distinctions

Spencer won Illinois' first-ever NCAA title in 400m

06/07/2012

4x400m Relay and Coleman Compete at NCAAs

Coleman just misses second-team All-America honors in 100m hurdles

06/06/2012

Spencer Advances to 400m Final at NCAA Championships

Spencer records second fastest qualifying time

06/05/2012

Six Illini Travel to Des Moines for NCAA Championships

National meet runs from Wednesday-Saturday

05/26/2012

4x400m Sets Fastest Time in School History

Relay team plus Coleman qualify for Des Moines

AT ILLINOIS

2012 Track and Field
Outdoor:Competed at the NCAA Championships in the 4x400m relay after qualifying with a fourth-place finish and a school record time of 3:30.97 at the NCAA West Preliminary Round of Championship ... Also was an individual qualifier at the NCAA West Prelims in the 400m ... Was the lead leg of the Big Ten champion 4x400m relay team ... Ran a season-best 400m time of 53.74 at the UCF Black and Gold Challenge, finishing second ... Recorded personal-bests in the 200m and 800m.

Indoor:Big Ten point scorer in the 600m at the Big Ten Championships, finishing sixth ... Finished first in the 600m at the Orange and Blue Open, improving her personal-best time by four seconds (1:30.88) ... Also won the 600m event at the Illini Classic and Mark Colligan Memorial.

2011 Track and Field
Outdoor: Scored points at the Big Ten Challenge in the 400m placing seventh...Placed third in the Polytan Invitational in the 400m...Member of the 4x200m relay that placed third at the Drake Relays...Was the lead-off runner in the 4x400m relay, placing third three times, including at the Big Ten Challenge.

Indoor: Finished first in the 400m with a 56.73 at Illini Classic ... Placed 8th in the 400m at the Big Ten Championships ... Ran in the 4x400m with three different first place finishes at Illini Open, Illinois Intercollegiate, and Meyo Invitational.

2010 Track and Field
Outdoor: Competed at the NCAA Championships in the 4x400m relay after qualifying with a ninth-place finish at the NCAA West Preliminary Round of Championship ... Also was an individual qualifier at the NCAA West Prelims in the 400m and ran a personal-best time of 53.63 during prelims ... Led off the 4x400m relay that scored at the Big Ten Championships with a third-place finish and time of 3:37.39 ... Posted a personal-best 200m time of 24.55 at the Illinois Twilight ... Placed second in the 400m at the Mike Poehlein Invite with a time of 55.26 ... Led off 4x400m relay which placed first at the Sea Ray Relays (3:35.90) ... Part of the 4x400m relay that earned a runner-up finish at the Drake Relays.

Indoor: Scored at the Big Ten Championships as part of the 4x400m relay which took second with a time of 3:37.16 ... Also competed at the Big Ten Championships in the 400m with a time of 55.37 ... Placed first as part of the 4x400m relay and in the 600m (1:35.95) at the Illinois Intercollegiate ... Helped win the 4x400m title at the Carle/Health Alliance and the Meyo Invitational ... Took fifth in the 4x400m relay at the ISU NCAA Qualifier and timed a season-best 3:37.00.

2009 Track & Field
Outdoor: Placed fifth in the 400m at the USA Junior Championships with a performance of 55.15 ... Ran the third leg of the 4x400m relay that competed at the NCAA Outdoor Championships (3:36.36) ... Member of 4x400m relay that was fifth at the NCAA Mideast Regional Championships with a season-best time of 3:34.75 ... Also ran the 400m at the regional championships, placing eighth ... Earned second team All-Big Ten honors by running the third leg of the 4x400m relay that was runner-up with a time of 3:38.41 ... Also scored in the 400m at Big Ten's, placing sixth (54.37) ... Ran a personal-best 400m time of 54.26 in Big Ten prelims ... Was runner-up in the 400m at the LSU Alumni Gold (54.41) ... Won the 400m to open the season at the UCF Invitational (55.07) ... Also ran the 200m twice, with a personal-best time of 25.00 at the UCF Invitational ... Member of 4x400m relays that were fourth at the LSU Alumni Gold and seventh at the Texas Relays.

Indoor: Competed at the NCAA Indoor Championships, placing 10th as a member of the 4x400m relay ... Ran third leg of 4x400m relay that set an Illinois school record of 3:35.13 at the Alex Wilson Invitational ... That time ranked as the third-fastest 4x400m relay performance in the country in 2009 ... Scored in two events at the Big Ten Indoor Championships, taking second in the 4x400m relay and placing fifth in the 400m with a personal-best time of 55.01 ... Ran second leg of 4x400m relay that took first at the Iowa State Classic ... Led off 4x400m relay that was second at the Rod McCravy Memorial (3:39.90), also taking second in the open 400m (55.16) ... Finished runner-up in the 600m at the Carle/Health Alliance Classic with a personal-best time of 1:34.88 ... Took fifth in the 400m at the Iowa State Classic (55.11).

High School
Took second in the long jump at the 2008 NJSIAA Meet of Champions ... Was fourth in the 400m at the 2008 NJSIAA Meet of Champions with a personal-best time of 55.66 ... Earned All-State honors in the long jump and 400m ... Holds school records in the 100m, 200m, 400m and long jump ... Won three Shore Conference titles in the long jump and two titles in the 400m ... Also won two regional titles in the 400m ... Member of distance medley relay that qualified for Nike Nationals ... Lettered in track and field for four years, field hockey for three years and cross country for one year ... Named team's most valuable for three seasons.

Personal
Daughter of Cheryl Boyd ... Born March 27, 1990 ... Has two younger siblings, Dion and Davon ... Majoring in kinesiology ... Hobbies include reading, playing volleyball and going to the beach ... Favorite athlete is Wilma Rudolph "because of her ability to rise above the adversity she dealt with and still come out on top" ... Graduated in the top 10 percent of her high school class and was Distinguished Honor Roll for all four year ... Says her mom and her high school coach, Kristi McCullough, most influenced her athletic career.

Boyd's Personal Bests
Outdoor
200m: 25.12 - EIU Big Blue Classic (3/31/12)
400m: 53.63 - NCAA West Prelims (5/27/10)

Indoor
400m: 55.01 - Big Ten Indoor Championships (3/1/09)
600m: 1:30.88 - Orange and Blue Open (2/4/12)

Updated July 2012

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