Alyssa Schneider ran the fifth-fastest time in school history to win the 5,000m race.
Feb. 8, 2014
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- The Illinois women's track and field team competed in the Meyo Invitational this weekend after a two-week break. The Illini recorded six top-three finishes, three personal-bests and two season-bests in a meet that included three nationally-ranked teams and five Big Ten opponents.
"This weekend went well," said assistant coach Tim Vaught. "This was a great meet for us. We had a lot of personal-bests and season-best marks. Jesica Ejesieme had a season-best in the 60m hurdles. Of course Alyssa Schneider ran very well in the 5,000m with a personal-best and a top-10 time. The 4x400m relay team had a great race and ran the fastest time this season."
On Friday, Kandie Bloch-Jones continued her success in the high jump, placing second with a mark of 1.74m, which is just off of her personal-best. Alyssa Schneider cracked Illinois' all-time top-10 list for the third time in as many events this season, this time clocking a personal-best 5,000m time of 16:35.96 to win the event title. The time is the fifth-fastest in school history and is currently the fastest in the Big Ten this season.
Colette Falsey got the squad started on the right foot on Saturday with a third place finish in the unseeded 3,000m run. The junior shaved 30 seconds off of her previous time to to clock a 9:53.02. Asia Thomas placed eighth in the 400m, while while Jesica Ejesieme set a personal-best time of 56.68 in the the event. Ejesieme also competed in the 60m hurdles and clocked an 8.47 in the prelims, a season-high for the Illini, before placing third in the finals with a time of 8.51.
The Orange and Blue recorded two top-10 finishes in the 800m, including a third-place finish by Ahlivia Spencer. The senior clocked a time of 2:08.88 in her first 800m race of the season, while Amanda Duvendack placed 10th with a time of 2:11.13.The Illini ended the day in the 4x400m relay with Jesica Ejesieme, Asia Thomas, Amanda Duvendack and Ahlivia Spencer. The squad placed second and clocked a season-best time of 3:41.11.
"Ahlivia did very, very well," said Vaught. "She got off to a good start, and then got a strong kick at the end. For her to open up with that time in her first 800m race of the season is very good. We're looking for big things from her."
The Illini will split up for two events next weekend, with one group returning to South Bend, Ind. for the Tyson Invitational and the other heading to Ames, Iowa for the Iowa State Classic.
Illinois Top-10 Finishes
3. Jesica Ejesieme, 8.51
8. Asia Thomas, 55.55
3. Colette Falsey, 9:53.02
1. Alyssa Schneider, 16:35.96
2. Thomas, Duvendack, Ejesieme, Spencer: 3:41.11
2. Kandie Bloch-Jones, 5-8 1/2 (1.74m)