Women's Cross Country, Track & Field

Courtney Yaeger
Courtney Yaeger


Wheeling, W.V.

High School:
Wheeling Park HS

XC - Distance


I/O Eligibility:


Paul, Weinstein Receive Top Honor at Scholar-Athlete Reception

Basketball, Gymnastics Standouts Take Home Prestigious Big Ten Medal of Honor


Six Illini Finish in Top-Five at LSU

Two Illini set personal bests on Saturday


Illini Come Close to School Records at Texas Relays

Akinosun and 4x400m relay set second/third fastest times in history


Squads Head to Three Different Meets This Weekend

Majority heads to Texas; small distance crew to California; some to SIU


Illini Win Big Ten Indoor Championships

Orange and Blue win the conference title for first time since 1996


Day 1 Photo Gallery

Pictures from day one of the 2013 Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championships.


Illini Classic 1/19/13

Photos from the Illini Classic at the UI Armory


Cross Country
2012 XC - Senior
Received All-Regional honors with a 25th-place finish overall at NCAA Midwest Regional, finishing with a 6K time of 21:30 ... Finished eighth at the Big Ten Championships, running a 6K time of 20:34, the fifth-fastest time in school history and earning second-team All-Big Ten honors ... Paced the Illini at Pre-Nationals, setting a 6K time of 21:00, cutting 45 seconds off her previous best ... Was first on the team for the second consecutive week, running a new personal best 5K time of 16:48, and finished sixth overall at the Notre Dame Invitational ... Made season debut at the Illinois Intercollegiate, finishing first among the Illini and second overall with a personal best 5K time of 17:14 ... Named Big Ten Conference Co-Athlete of the week for her effort at the Illinois Intercollegiate meet ... Academic All-Big Ten.

2011 XC - Junior
Placed second for the Illini and 87th overall at the NCAA Midwest Regional with a 6K time of 22:55.40 ... Scored points for the Illini after finishing fourth for the team and 87th overall with a 6K time of 22:23 at the Big Ten Championships ... Made season debut at the Sean Earl Lakefront Invitational, finishing second for the Illini with a 5K time of 18:06 ... Placed second for Illinois at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational, with a 6K time of 21:54, just 10 seconds behind her personal best. Made season debut at the Sycamore Pride Invitational, coming in fifth for the Illini and seventh overall ... Placed 29th overall at the Illinois Intercollegiate Championships, coming in fourth for the Illini ... Set a personal best 6K time at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational ... Re-set her 6K personal best at the Bradley Classic ... Finished seventh overall and third for the team at the Illini Open, setting her third personal best in a row ... Academic All-Big Ten.

2010 XC - Sophomore
Made season debut at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational, placing ninth for the Illini and 144th overall with a 6K time of 22:48 ... Took a minute off her 6K time (21:45) to lead the Illini and place 11th overall at the Bradley Classic ... Placed seventh for the Illini at the Big Ten Championships with a 6K time of 22:06.9 ... Ran a personal-best 21:44.95 and placed fourth on the team and 73rd overall at the NCAA Midwest Regionals ... Academic All-Big Ten.

2009 XC - Freshman
Placed 10th overall at the Illini Challenge in her collegiate debut with a 4K time of 15:12.58...Finished in sixth for the Illini and seventh overall at the Illini Open with a 5K time of 19:03.


2013 Track and Field
Outdoor: Qualified for the NCAA West Preliminary Round of Championships in the 10,000m ... Finished third in the 10,000m and reached the podium for the first time in her career at the Big Ten Championships ... The senior crossed the finish line in a time of 34:17.37 which set a new school record, went under the Jesse Owens Track record and a lifetime best ... Set the fourth fastest 5,000m time in Illinois history at the Drake Relays, with a time of 16:26.24 ... Academic All-Big Ten honoree ... USTFCCCA All-Academic.

Indoor: Set a career-best 5,000m time at the Big Ten Indoor Championships, running a time of 16:40.09 which ranks fifth fastest in school record books ... Won the 3,000m title at the Illini Classic with a lifetime best time of 9:39.04.

2012 Track and Field
Outdoor: Qualified for the NCAA West Preliminary Round of Championship in the 10,000m ... Set a school record of 34:23.60 in the 10,000m at the Stanford Invitational ... Placed 11th at the Big Ten Championship in the 10,000m ... Set a career-best time of 16:48.89 in the 5,000m at Mt. SAC Relays ... Academic All-Big Ten.

Indoor: Set personal-bests in the mile (5:01.25) at the Mark Colligan Memorial and the 3,000m (9:54.18) at the Illini Classic ... Also competed in the 5,000m twice.

2011 Track and Field
Outdoor: Placed fourth in the 3,000m at the Sea Ray Relays (10:09.14), giving her a personal-best...Also recorded a personal-best in the 5,000m at the Stanford Invitational with 17:14.77.

Indoor: Placed second in 3,000m at Illinois Intercollegiate ... Recorded her personal-best in the 3,000m with 10:00.95 at Tyson Invitational ...Participated in the 5,000m run at the Big Ten Championships, recording her personal-best of a 17:32.11.

2010 Track and Field
Outdoor: Competed in the 5,000m at the Big Ten Championships, clocking a personal-best time of 17:21.03 ... Took 10th in the 5,000m at the USA Junior Outdoor Championships ... Was the runner-up in the 5,000m at Dave Rankin Invite (17:42.38) ... Placed third in the 3,000m with her personal best at Illinois Twilight (10:10.96) ... Ran a personal best in the 1,500m at Mike Poehlein Invite (4:54.91).

Indoor: Placed second in the 3,000m at the EIU Friday Night Special with a personal-best time (10:23.25) ... Took third in the 3,000m at the Illinois Intercollegiate (10:37.32) ... Ran a personal-best mile time at the Carle/Health Alliance Classic (5:25.23) ... Also ran the 3,000m at the SASF Invitational.

High School
All-conference in cross country and track and field for four seasons ... Placed second in state in cross country in 2008, as well as fourth in 2007 ... Won the state title in the 1600m and 3200m in 2008 ... Named All-State in track and field from 2007-2009, as well as All-State in cross country in 2007 and 2008 ... Four-year varsity athlete in track and field and cross country.

Daughter of David and Margaret Yaeger ... Born February 1, 1991 ... Has one brother, Christian, and one sister, Allison ... Majoring in neuroscience.

Yaeger's Personal Bests
Cross Country
4K: 15:12.58 - Illini Challenge (9/4/09)
5K: 18:06 - Sean Earl Lakefront Invitational (10/1/11)
6K: 21:44.95 - NCAA Midwest Regional Championships (11/13/10)

1,500m: 4:54.91 - Mike Poehlein Invite (4/3/10)
3,000m: 10:09.14 - Sea Ray Relays (4/15/11)
5,000m: 16.26.24 - Drake Relays (4/25/13)
10,000m: 34:17.37 - Big Ten Championships (5/10/13)

Mile: 5:01.25 - Mark Colligan Memorial (1/28/12)
3,000m: 9:39.04- Illini Classic (1/19/13)
5,000m: 16:40.09 - Big Ten Championships (2/23/13)

Updated July 2013