Student-Athletes with GPAs of 3.7 or Higher Earn Special Recognition
Two Illini set personal bests on Saturday
Four Illini crack school's top-10 in events
Illini will bring full squad to meet in Tempe, Ariz.
Spencer makes finals; relay sets second best time in Illini history
Photos from the 2013 Big Ten Outdoor Championships.
2013 Track and Field
Outdoor: Qualified for the NCAA Championships in the 800m for the first time in her career after setting the third fastest time in school history (2:05.07) ... Scored points for the Illini in the 800m at the Big Ten Championships, finishing fifth ... Part of school record 4x800m relay squad which broke the 20 year old Illinois record, finishing with a time of 8:37.02 ... Also ran on the DMR team which was also pivotal in helping the Illini win the first annual Hy-Vee Cup ... USTFCCCA All-Academic.
Indoor: Ran the 800m at the Big Ten Championships, finishing in a season best time of 2:09.60 ... Also competed in the 600m at the SPIRE Invitational (1:33.89) and was a part of the 4x400m relay at the Husker Invite.
2012 Track and Field
Outdoor: Qualified for the NCAA West Preliminary Round of Championship in the 800m ... Ran a personal-best 800m time of 2:07.92 at the LSU Invitational, which ranks as fifth best in school history ... Won the 800m at the UCF BLack and Gold Challenge ... Also competed in the 4x400, 4x800 and 4x1,600 relay teams ... Academic All-Big Ten.
Indoor: Big Ten point scorer in the 800m, finishing fifth with a personal-best time of 2:08.74 ... Took the 800m crown at the Illini Classic and finished second at the Illini Open ... Also competed in the 600m.
2011 Track and Field
Outdoor: Participated in the 800m...Scored at the Big Ten Challenge in the 800m placing third...Placed fifth at the LSU Invitational with 2:09.50...Received her personal-best at the Drake Relays with a 2:09.36...Helped the 4x400m relay team place third at the Polytan Invitational...Helped the 4x800m relay team place second at the Sea Ray Relays.
Indoor: Ran her personal-best in the 600m with a 1:35.45 at the Illini Open, placing fourth ... Recorded her personal-best in the 800m with a 2:11.93 at the Alex Wilson Invitational ... Placed third in the 600m at the Illini Classic ... Ran in the distance medley relay in the Big Ten Championships ... Helped the 4x400m relay team to a first place finish at the Illini Classic.
Two-time Illinois state champion in the 800m in 2009 and 2010 for Class 2A ... Named Track and Field Athlete of the Year by the Journal Star in 2010 ... Was the runner-up in the 800m at the 2008 Illinois Class 2A state meet ... Owns a personal-best time of 2:10.20 in the 800m ... Earned varsity letters in both cross country and track for four years ... Earned high honors and was a member of the National Honor Society.
Full name is Amanda Mae Duvendack ... Born Dec. 28, 1991 ... Parents are Rob and Tammy Duvendack ... Has a brother, Grant ... Hobbies include Bible study ... Biggest thrill in sports is her feeling of satisfaction and hard work ... Favorite athlete/role model is Mia Hamm ... Her coach, Kon Bachman, and her parents most influenced her athletic career because they always believed in her and taught her hard work ... Majoring in kinesiology.
Duvendack's Personal Bests
800m: 2:05.07- NCAA West Preliminary (5/25/13)
200m: 26.12 - Illini Classic (1/18/14)
400m: 57.32 - Illini Classic (1/18/14)
600m: 1:32.66 - Illini Open (1/11/14)
800m: 2:07.06 - Rod McCravy Memorial (1/25/14)
Updated March 2014