2011 Track and Field
Outdoor: Scored in the Big Ten Challenge in the 200m with a sixth-place finish...Helped out in the 4x400m relay scoring three third-place finishes...Member of the 4x200m relay team that took first at Sea Ray Relays.
Anchored the 4x400m relay for a first place finish three different times ... Placed second in the 200m with a time of 24.34 at the Meyo Invitational ... Finished second with a time of 56.93 at Illini Classic ... Finished second with a time of 55.76 at Illinois Intercollegiate ... Received her personal-best time in the 60m with a time of 7.91 at Illini Open ... Jumped her personal-best in the triple jump with a 38-11 (11.86m) in the Big Ten Championships, finishing ninth.
2010 Track and Field
Outdoor: Competed at the NCAA Championships in the 200m along with anchoring both the 4x100m relay which placed 13th and 4x400m relay which placed 12th at the national meet ... Qualified for the NCAA Championships in the 200m with a personal-best time of 23.62 at the NCAA West Preliminary Round of Championship ... Anchored the 4x100m and 4x400m relays to NCAA Championship berths at the NCAA West Preliminary Round of Championship ... Scored in the 200m at the Big Ten Championships with an eighth-place finish ... Also advanced to the finals of the 400m at the Big Ten Championships and placed ninth ... Anchored the 4x400m relay to a runner-up finish and season-best time of 3:34.25 at the Drake Relays ... Won the `B' section of the 200m at the LSU Alumni Gold Invitational.
Indoor: Anchored the 4x400m relay to a runner-up finish at the Big Ten Championships with a time of 3:37.16 ... Scored individually in the 400m at the Big Ten Championships with a sixth-place finish and a provisional qualifying time of 54.65 ... Also posted a personal-best and provisional qualifying time of 24.27 during the prelims of the 200m at the Big Ten Championships ... Recorded a personal-best 400m time of 54.49 at the Tyson Invitational ... Won the 200m and 400m title at the Carle/Health Alliance Classic ... Took second in the 300m at the Meyo Invitational with a time of 39.09.
2009 Track & Field
Outdoor: Competed in the 400m at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, timing 55.33 in the preliminaries ... Also ran on the 4x400m relay that competed at the NCAA Championships, splitting 52.2 as the anchor leg in prelims ... Big Ten champion in the 400m, with a personal-best time of 53.39 that ranks fourth all-time in Illinois history ... The first Illini to win a 400m conference title since head coach Tonja Buford-Bailey did in 1993 ... Also ran the fastest 400m in Big Ten prelims, timing 54.01 ... Qualified for the 200m final at the Big Ten Championships with a season-best time of 24.24 in prelims ... Took seventh in the 400m at the NCAA Mideast Regional Championships with a time of 54.59 in the final after running 54.23 in prelims .... Anchored the 4x400m relay to a season-best time of 3:34.75 at the NCAA Mideast Regional Championships ... Won the 400m title at the LSU Alumni Gold (54.34) and was fourth at the Sun Angel Track Classic (54.69) ... Finished runner-up in the 200m at the Illinois Invitational (24.35) ... Ran on 4x200m relay that was third at the Drake Relays (1:36.11) ... Anchored 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 ... Member of 4x400m relay that set an Illinois school record of 3:35.13 at the Alex Wilson Invitational, splitting 52 seconds as the anchor leg ... That time ranked as the third-fastest 4x400m relay performance in the country in 2009 ... Was one of Illinois' top performers at the Big Ten Indoor Championships, placing third in the 400m (54.73), seventh in the 200m (24.99) and anchoring the 4x400m relay to a runner-up finish (3:41.29) ... Ran a season-best 400m time of 54.53 in prelims at the Big Ten Championships, provisionally qualifying for the NCAA Championships ... Also ran a personal-best 200m in Big Ten prelims, timing 24.60 ... Anchored 4x400m relay that took first at the Iowa State Classic ... Was eighth in the 200m (24.62) and ninth in the 400m (55.69) at the Iowa State Classic ... Finished runner-up in the 400m at the Indiana Open and was third in the event at the Carle/Health Alliance Classic and the Rod McRavy Memorial.
2008 Track & Field
Outdoor: Ran anchor leg of 4x400m relay that took fifth at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships (3:42.15) ... Also scored in the 200m at the Big Ten Championships, placing eighth (24.56) ... Took 14th in the triple jump at Big Ten's (39-0 1/2) ... Timed season-best 24.10 in the 200m at the Sun Angel Track Classic, placing 11th ... Took second in the 200m at the Illinois Twilight (24.54) ... Won the triple jump at the Hurricane Challenge, with a personal-best leap of 39-1 3/4 ... Took sixth in the triple jump at the Sun Angel Track Classic (38-5) ... Member of 4x400m relay that placed first at the Sun Angel Track Classic (3:46.92) ... Ran on 4x100m relay that took second at the Brutus Hamilton Invitational (45.28) ... Member of 4x200m relay that took third at the Kansas Relays (1:36.12).
Indoor: Ran second leg of 4x400m relay that took eighth at the Big Ten Indoor Championships (3:51.50) ... Just missed scoring in the triple jump at the Big Ten Championships, placing ninth (39-7 1/4) ... Also competed in the 200m at Big Ten's ... Ran season-best 200m time of 24.60 at the Iowa State Classic, taking 11th ... Leaped personal-best 40-1 1/2 in the triple jump and took sixth at the Meyo Invitational ... Also took second in the 300m at the Meyo Invitational (39.60) ... Won the triple jump at the Carle/Health Alliance Invitational (39-5 1/4) ... Led off the 4x300m relay that took third at the Illinois Women's Invitational (2:39.03) ... Member of 4x400m relay that ran season-best time of 3:47.20 at the Iowa State Classic.
Anchored 4x200m relay to a first-place and record-setting performance at the Texas Class 5A Region I meet (1:37.75) ... Also member of champion 4x100m relay at the Region I meet while placing third in the 4x400m relay ... Led 4x200m team to third-place finish at the 2007 state meet ... High school team qualified for state three straight years ... Named Most Valuable athlete and won `Never Say Die' award all four years of high school ... Team captain junior and senior years.
Full name is Melissa Nicole Bates ... Daughter of Larry and Sytire Bates ... Born Sept. 16, 1988 ... Majoring in communications ... Has two sisters, Jennifer and Sara ... Hobbies include singing ... Biggest athletic thrill is winning ... Favorite athlete is Allyson Felix ... Says her dad most influenced her track and field career.
Bates' Personal Bests
200m: 23.62 - NCAA West Preliminary Round of Championship (5/29/10)
400m: 53.39 - Big Ten Championships (5/17/09)
60m: 7.91 - Illini Open (1/15/11)
200m: 24.27 - Big Ten Championships (2/27/10)
400m: 54.49 - Tyson Invitational (2/12/10)
Triple Jump: 38-11 (11.86m) - Big Ten Championships (2/27/11)
Updated December 2011