Orange and Blue qualify athletes to finals in eight different events
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.
2013 Track and Field
Outdoor: Earned first team All-American honors after placing sixth at the NCAA Outdoor Championships ... Qualified for the NCAA Championships by advancing in a jump off at the NCAA West Preliminary Round of Championships ... Won her third straight Big Ten pole vault title ... Set a season best mark of 14-1 3/4 (4.31m) at the Texas Relays ... Won the Texas State Elite Meet title.
Indoor: Earned first All-America honors after finishing eighth at the NCAA Indoor Championships ... Big Ten champion with a school record mark of 13-11 1/4 (4.25m) ... Won the Illini Classic title ... Finished runner-up at the Husker and SPIRE Invitational.
2012 Track and Field
Outdoor: Became Illinois' first pole vault Big Ten champion, setting a new school record of 14-2 3/4 (4.34m) ... Qualified for the NCAA West Preliminary Round of Championship and placed 13th in the pole vault, just missing a trip to the national meet ... Placed first at the Tom Botts Invitational, EIU Big Blue Classic, and the SEC/Big Ten Challenge.
Indoor: Earned second-team All-Big Ten team after finishing second in the pole vault at the Big Ten Championships ... Holds the Illinois school record after setting a mark of 13-11 (4.24m) at the Notre Dame Alex Wilson Invitational ... Won the pole vault event four times during season.
2011 Track and Field
Outdoor: Had three third-place finishes at Big Ten Challenge, LSU Invitational, and Polytan Invitational...Had her personal-best in pole vault at the Polytan Invitational with 13-1 ¾ (4.01m).
Indoor: Had the best pole vault attempt with a 12-11 ½ (3.95m) at the Big Ten Championships, recording her personal-best ... Placed first in pole vault three consecutive times in a row at Illini Open, Illini Classic, and Illinois Intercollegiate.
Was an Illinois state finalist in the pole vault in 2010 ... Posted a personal-best height of 11-6 in the pole vault ... Earned varsity letters in track for all four years and one year each in cross country and gymnastics ... Holds the school record in the pole vault ... Member of the National Honor Society.
Full name is Stephanie Joan Richartz ... Born Jan. 21, 1992 ... Parents are Michael and Cindy Richartz ... Has two brothers, Dylan and Nathan ... Hobbies include snowboarding, swimming and mission work/volunteering ... Biggest thrill in sports is watching your teammates cheer you on ... Majoring in industrial engineering.
Richartz's Personal Bests
Pole Vault: 14-2 3/4 (4.34m) - Big Ten Championships (5/13/12)*
Pole Vault: 13-11 1/4 (4.25m) - Big Ten Championships (2/23/13)*
Updated March 2014