Bloch-Jones Earns Second-Team All-America Honors
March 15, 2014
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Kandie Bloch-Jones represented the Illinois' women's track and field team at the NCAA Indoor Championships on Saturday. Bloch-Jones placed 14th in the high jump to earn second-team All-America honors for the first time in her career.
"Kandie represented our program and the University of Illinois well," said head coach Ron Garner. "She's moving us forward and we're proud of her. She's had an outstanding indoor season and start to her freshman year. She's somewhat disappointed about today and believes that she could have done better. As a coaching staff, we want her to have high standards. This NCAA Championship has been a very positive experience. Her consistency is excellent and she's been jumping with the best jumpers in the Big Ten and the NCAA. She will continue to get better."
Bloch-Jones qualified for the national meet after holding the best mark in the conference since Feb. 15 (1.82m). The freshman placed 14th at the NCAA Indoor Championships with a mark of 1.78m, earning her first-ever second-team All-America honors. Georgia's Leontia Kallenou captured the national title with a mark of 1.87m.
The Illinois women begin their outdoor campaign in two weeks. The squad will split for three separate meets, traveling to the Arizona State Invite, the Texas Relays and the Lenny Lyles/Clark Wood Invitational on the weekend of March 28-29.