Illini Conclude Action at IU Relays
Jan. 26, 2013
Bloomington, Ind. -- The Fighting Illini women's track and field team concluded competition today at the Indiana Relays. Senior Meagan Hynes and junior Stephanie Richartzhighlighted day two at the Gladstein Fieldhouse as Hynes set a huge personal best in the 5,000m while Richartz jumped a season best mark in the pole vault.
"We had some solid performances today," head coach Tonja Buford-Bailey said. "Meagan Hynes ran a good 5,000m time, setting a minute personal best from last year. Also, Stephanie Richartz did well today. It's good to see her getting better every week. Meghan Frigocame back from an injury and ran close to her personal best in the 3,000m. It was a good opener for her."
Hynes competed in the 5,000m on Saturday and finished the race with a personal best time of 17:59.29. The senior's time is a new career best by over a minute. Teammate Meghan Frigocompeted for the first time this season as the junior ran in the 3,000m. Frigo turned in a time of 10:16.73 which is just off her career best.
Richartz once again led the field events crew as the junior set a season best mark of 13-5 1/4 (4.10m) on Saturday to finish runner-up in the invitational section.
After setting a personal best yesterday in the mile, Porada set another career best in the 800m. The Clarendon Hills, Ill., native finished seventh overall in her third 800m race this season, with a time of 2:12.22. Sophomore Chloe Schmidt also ran in the 800m invitational heat for the first time this season and placed sixth, crossing the line with a time of 2:11.87. Senior Madeline Aufmanncompeted in the other 800m section and finished fourth with a time of 2:14.95.
The Orange and Blue will be back in action next weekend when they travel to Lincoln, Neb., to compete in the Husker Invitational on Friday, Feb. 1 and Saturday, Feb. 2.