Many Set Personal Bests at IU Relays
Jan. 25, 2013
Bloomington, Ind. -- Many of the Illini who competed in the Indiana Relays set personal bests, highlighted by freshman Alyssa Schneider's performance in the 3,000m. Competition will begin tomorrow at 9 a.m. CT with invitational field events throughout the day and invitational races starting at 2:45 p.m. CT.
"Alyssa Schneider ran very well," head coach Tonja Buford-Bailey said. "Her performance is top-five in the conference. It's going to be exciting to see her and Courtney Yaeger push each other this season. We had so many personal bests including Chloe Schmidt and Katie Porada. Today was a very good one and we look to be on track to reach our goals this indoor season."
Schneider competed in her first 3,000m race of the season, finishing second in the invitational section with a time of 9:39.10. The freshman's time ranks just outside the Illinois top-10 lists and top-five in the conference. Sophomore Colette Falsey also competed in the event, finishing with a time of 10:12.84. Teammate Meghan Frigo ran in the collegiate 3,000m race and finishing with a time of 10:16.73 while Michelle Stratton crossed the line with a time of 10:49.60.
Junior Katie Porada and sophomore Chloe Schmidt continued their early season success as they both set personal bests in their respective events on Friday evening. Porada finished fourth in the mile invitational race with a time of 4:45.74 while Schmidt placed sixth in the 600m with a time of 1:34.19. Two more Illini notched personal bests in the mile race as senior Madeline Aufmann finished with a time of 4:57.44 and freshman Michelle Frigo crossed the line with a time of 5:06.68.
Junior Moriyike Akinosun qualified for the finals of the 60m tomorrow, finishing with time of 7.85 in the event. In the field events, Kristen Wilson placed second in the shot put with a mark of 13.79m while Mariah Smith finished fifth in the weight throw with a mark of 15.82.m
Four Illini will compete on Saturday, beginning with Meagan Hynes in the 5,000m at 10:45 a.m., followed by Aufmann running the 800m a few hours later. Porada and Schmidt will conclude Illinois' action at the Gladstein Fieldhouse when they look to improve their 800m time at 2:10 p.m. CT.