Two Illini set personal bests on Saturday
Illini to compete at LSU; Jesse Owens and Mt. SAC
Four Illini crack school's top-10 in events
Illini will bring full squad to meet in Tempe, Ariz.
Akinosun and 4x400m relay set second/third fastest times in history
Photos from the 2013 Big Ten Outdoor Championships.
Photos from the Illini Open on Jan. 12, 2013
Illinois placed second at the Orange and Blue Preview with Meghan Frigo finishing first with a time of 21:27.
2012 XC - Junior
Finished fifth for the Illini at the NCAA Midwest Regional, running a 6K time of 22:50 ... Scored points for the Illini at the Big Ten Championships, finishing fourth for the team and 62nd overall, improving her place at conference meet from last year and setting a new career-best time of 21:38 ... Scored for Illinois at the Pre-Nationals meet, finishing with a 6K time of 21:57 ... Finished third for the Illini at the Notre Dame Invitational, coming in 38th overall with a season best 5K time of 17:22 ... Made season debut at the Illinois Intercollegiate meet, placing 7th overall and third for the Illini with a 5K time of 17:44 ... Academic All-Big Ten.
2011 XC - Sophomore
Finished fourth for the Illini and 104th overall at the NCAA Midwest Regional with a 6K time of 23:10.23 ... Placed seventh for the Illini with a 6K time of 23:36 and 102nd overall at the Big Ten Championships ... Began season by helping the Orange and Blue win the Bradley Open, placing second overall with a three-mile time of 17:17 ... Took a minute and 25 seconds off her 6K time (22:09) at the Orange and Blue Preview, finishing fourth for the team and 14th overall ... Set a personal best for second consecutive week, running a 5K time of 18:30 at the Sean Earl Lakefront Invitational, placing fifth on the team to earn points for the Illini ... Competed at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational, finishing third for the Illini ... Academic All-Big Ten.
2010 XC - Freshman
Made Illini deubt at the Illini Challenge, placing fifth for the Illini and first among Illini true freshman ... Finished 12th for the Orange and Blue at the Illinois Intercollegiate Championships ... Placed seventh for the team at the Bradley Classic ... Finished fifth for the team at the Illini Open, setting a 5K personal best in the process.
2013 Track and Field
Indoor: Part of the Big Ten Championship team, first team crown since the 1996 season ... Big Ten scorer, running the anchor leg of the third place DMR squad which finished with a time of 11:16.03, the third fastest time in school history ... Made the finals of the mile at the conference meet, and was one place away from scoring ... Set the fifth fastest mile time in school history at the SPIRE Invitational, crossing the line with a time of 4:43.24 ... Won the 800m title at the Illini Open ... Set a season best 800m time of 2:12.22 at the Indiana Relays.
2012 Track and Field
Outdoor: Qualified for the NCAA West Preliminary Round of Championships in the 1,500m ... Scored points at the Big Ten Championships in the 1,500m, placing seventh with a personal-best time of 4:22.19 ... Set a career-best 800m time of 2:10.98 at the LSU Invitational ... Also competed in the 4x400m relay, 4x800m relay, and 4x1,600m relay ... Academic All-Big Ten.
Indoor: Advanced to the finals, but Just missed placing at the Big Ten Championships in the 1,500m, finishing ninth ... Anchored distance medley relay at Big Tens ... Set a personal-best in the mile at the Tyson Invitational with a time of 4:46.33 and finishing third overall ... Won the 800m race at the Illini Open.
2011 Track and Field
Outdoor: Placed sixth in the 1,500m at Stanford Invitational (Sec 6) with 4:39.19, giving her a personal-best...Helped the 4x1600m relay team place fourth at the Drake Relays.
Indoor: Recorded her personal-best in the 800m with a 2:16.74 at Illini Open ... Recorded her personal-best in the mile with a 4:55.23 at the Meyo Invitational ... Ran in the distance medley relay at the Big Ten Championships ... Placed first in the mile at Illini Classic.
Was an All-State honoree in the 4x800m relay (6th place) and 800m (9th place) at the 2010 Illinois state meet ... Competed on the 4x400m relay at the 2009 Nike indoor national meet ... Team won the conference title in cross country and track all four years of her career ... Earned seven varsity letters between cross country and track ... Team captain of her cross country and track team ... National Honor Society member.
Full name is Katherine Jayne Porada ... Daughter of Joe and Laura Porada ... Has a twin sister Kristina and two brothers, Joey and Jimmy ... Hobbies include reading, baking, being with friends and family, and going to concerts ... Her high school coach, Scott Brooks, most influenced her athletic career because he taught her to believe in herself and never underestimate her capabilities ... Plans to major in education and wants to travel to a poor country and help start a school after graduation.
Porada's Personal Bests
3 mile: 17:17 - Bradley Open (9/9/11)
4K: 15:51 - Illini Challenge (9/3/10)
5K: 17:22- Notre Dame Invitational (9/28/12)
6K: 21:38 - Big Ten Championships (10/28/12)
800m: 2:10.98 - LSU Invitational (4/7/12)
1,500m: 4:22.19 - Big Ten Championships (5/13/12)
800m: 2:12.22 - Indiana Relays (1/25/13)
Mile: 4:43.24 - SPIRE Invitational (2/9/13)
Updated April 2013