Women's Cross Country, Track & Field


Amber Stack
Amber Stack

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Wheeling, Ill.

High School:
Oak Forest HS

Event:
XC - Distance

Birthdate:
01/14/1990

I/O Eligibility:
SR/SR

05/25/2012

Spencer and Ejesieme Punch Tickets to NCAA Championships

Pair of Illini compete at national meet for first time in career

05/24/2012

Six Illini Qualify to Quarterfinals at NCAA West Prelims

Three Orange and Blue advance in the 400m

05/23/2012

2012 NCAA West Preliminary Round of Championship Preview

16 Illini will compete in Austin, Texas Thursday-Saturday

05/17/2012

Illini Qualify 16 Athletes to NCAA Preliminary Round in Austin

Freshman Spencer listed with top time in 400m

05/12/2012

Two Score in Steeplechase and Facility Records Broken at Big Tens

Illini qualify 10 for finals on Sunday

AT ILLINOIS

Cross Country
2011 XC - Senior
Ran unattached but finished first overall with a 5K time of 18:10 at the Illini Open.

2010 XC - Junior
Made season debut at the Sycamore Pride Invitational, coming in 13th overall with a 5K time of 19:32.2 ... Placed 16th overall and third for the Illini at the Illinois Intercollegiate Championships with her personal-best 5K time of 18:41 ... Came in sixth for the Illini and 109th overall with a 6K time of 22:17.5 at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational ... Ran fastest career 6K time at Pre-Nationals, finishing fourth for the Illini and 145th overall with a 6K time of 22:14.8 ... Finished fourth on the team and ran a personal-best 6K time at the Big Ten Championships with a time of 21:44.1 ... Placed fifth on the team at the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships with a time of 21:51.26.

2009 XC - Sophomore
Clocked a 5K time of 19:57 at the Bradley Open to finish in fifth for the Illini ... Came in seventh for Illinois at the Illinois Intercollegiate Championships ... Finished second for the Illini at the Bradley Classic with a 6K time of 23:06 ... Placed second at the Illini Open with a season-best 5K time of 18:49.

2008 XC - Freshman
Made her debut for the Orange and Blue at the Bradley Open, placing seventh among the Illini ... Raced at the Illinois Intercollegiate Championships, recording a 5K time of 20:01 ... Finished fourth for the Illini at the Bradley Classic with a personal-best 6K time of 22:57 ... Placed first overall at the Illini Open with a personal-best 5K time of 18:44, over a minute faster than her previous record.

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2012 Track and Field
Outdoor: Qualified for the NCAA West Preliminary Round of Championship in the 3,000m steeplechase, placing 29th ... Scored points in the 3,000m steeplechase at the Big Ten Championship, finishing seventh with a career-best time of 10:19.07 ... Was runner-up in the 3,000m steeplechase at the LSU Invitational ... Timed her personal-best in the 1,500m at the SEC/Big Ten Challenge (4:37.10) ... Helped the 4x1600m relay team place fifth at the Drake Relays.

Indoor: Competed in five meets, running the 3,000m and the mile ... Won the 3,000m at the Illinois Orange and Blue Open ... Ran a career-best 3,000m time at the Big Ten Championships (9:55.53) ... Clocked a personal-best time of 5:02.35 in the mile at the Illini Classic, finishing third.

2011 Track and Field
Outdoor: Placed second in the 3,000m steeplechase at the Sea Ray Relays (11:09.91)...Placed fifth in the 3,000m steeplechase at the Stanford Invitational (Sec 3) (10:49.90)...Timed her personal-best in the 1,500m at the Polytan Invitational (4:39.67) and another personal-best in the 3,000m steeplechase at the Drake Relays (10:41.94)...Helped the 4x1600m relay team place fourth at the Drake Relays.

Indoor: Placed fifth in the 3,000m at EIU Friday Night Special ... Recorded her personal-best in the 3,000m with 10:17.05 at Meyo Invitational ... Recorded her personal-best in the mile with 5:09.96 at Tyson Invitational.

2010 Track and Field
Outdoor: Timed a personal best of 10:52.92 in the 3,000m steeplechase at the Big Ten Championships and finished 14th ... Competed in the 3,000m steeplechase at four other meets, placing second at the Illinois Twilight (11:14.46), third at the Stan Lyons Invite (11:14.33) and sixth at the Mike Poehlein Invite (11:32.46) and the Dave Rankin Invite (11:18.33).

Indoor: Did not compete.

2009 Track and Field
Redshirted the indoor and outdoor seasons.

High School
2004 Illinois cross country 2A state champion as a freshman ... Earned All-State cross country honors three times ... Four-time state qualifier in both track and field and cross country ... Two-time cross country conference champion ... Two-time track and field 3,200m conference champion ... Two-time state medalist in the 3,200m ... Four-year varsity athlete in track and field and cross country.

Personal
Daughter of Clifford and Kathryn Stack ... Born Jan. 14, 1990 ... Has two brothers, Carl and Neal ... Her biggest thrill in sports came when she achieved all of her personal bests as a senior in track ... Her first coach, Greg Fedyski, most influenced her athletic career and if it was not for him, she would not be the runner she is today ... High school coach was Mark Saylor ... Majoring in earth systems.

Stack's Personal Bests
Cross Country
5K: 18:41 - Illinois Intercollegiate Championships (9/17/10)
6K: 21:44.1 - Big Ten Championships (10/31/10)

Track
Outdoor
1,500m: 4:37.10 - SEC/Big Ten Challenge (3/23/12)
3,000m Steeplechase: 10:19.07 - Big Ten Championships (5/12/12)

Indoor
Mile: 5:02.35 - Illini Classic (1/21/12)
3,000m: 9:55.53 - Big Ten Championships (2/24/12)

Updated June 2012

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