Illini Find Success on Day One of Texas Relays
March 28, 2013
AUSTIN, Texas -- The Illinois women's track and field team began day one of the Texas Relays and found immediate success. Sophomore Ashley Spencer advanced to the finals of the 400m hurdles and the 4x800m relay finished second with the second fastest time in the Illinois record books.
"Today was a really good day to start out the meet," head coach Tonja Buford-Bailey said. "Jesica and Ashley ran well in the 400m hurdles considering it was very windy on the back straight of the race. It was a good effort by both girls. In the 4x800, we ran really well. We had four solid legs. We came very close to breaking the school record but we dropped the baton. Had they not dropped the baton and lost a few seconds, we would've gotten the school record. We always have Drake Relays to improve that time. Overall we had a really solid effort.
The duo of junior Jesica Ejesieme and Spencer competed in the 400m hurdles in a field against 83 other competitors. Spencer finished second in her heat with a time of 58.56. The time was the third best of the prelims, so the Indianapolis, Ind., native advances to the finals tomorrow. Ejesieme crossed the finish line with a time of 1:01.41 which was the 20th best time of the day.
The 4x800m squad of junior Amanda Duvendack, senior Marissa Golliday, junior Samantha Murphy and junior Ahlivia Spencer competed hard and finished second overall with a time of 8:46.08. The relay team was trying to set the school record of 8:43.96 which was set in 1993.
The Illini will continue action at the Texas Relays tomorrow, while select Orange and Blue athletes will begin competition at the Stanford Invitational and Bill Cornell Spring Classic.
Illinois Results from Texas Relays Day 1