Junior Courtney Yaeger broke the school record in the 10,000m with a time of 34:23.60.
April 7, 2012
Baton Rouge, Ill. - On Friday night at the Stanford Invitational, junior Courtney Yaegerbroke the school record in the 10,000m with a time of 34:23.60 on the Cobb Track. The Wheeling, W.V.., native improved her personal best 10K time by two minutes and six seconds which was set last year at the Big Ten Championships. The rest of the squad competed at LSU's Battle on the Bayou today as the Illini took first place in three events to take third overall with 87.50 points.
"For Courtney to be able to break the school record in her second time ever running the event is quite an accomplishment," assistant coach Jeremy Rasmussen said. "Only Angela Bizzarrihas done that at Illinois. Courtney is perfect for this event and we are excited for her because of how dedicated she has been over the years and it is a great confidence booster for the team to have one of their leaders show what determination and hard work can do for you. She is a great leader and we are all excited to see what she can do in the future."
Freshman Ashley Spencer finished first in the 200m with a time of 23.61 while the 4x400m relay squad of senior Ryisha Boyd, senior Ashley Kelly, senior Latoya Griffith and Spencer took the crown with a time of 3:33:13, third fastest in school history. Junior's Madeline Aufmann and Amber Stackfinished one-two in the 3,000m steeplechase with times of 10:40.70 and 10:51.21, respectively.
"Today was a good day for us overall as a team, "head coach Tonja Buford-Baileysaid. "I'm happy to say I see a lot of potential in the coming weeks and for the most part our girls are getting better meet to meet."
The Orange and Blue received two other top-three finishes during the meet from Griffith, who clocked an all-time best 57.42 in the 400m hurdles, and from sophomore Stephanie Richartz, who cleared 13-01 ¾ (4.01m) in the pole vault to take third. The 4x100m relay team of sophomore Jesica Ejesieme, Kelly, junior Kayla Smithand Spencer finished fourth with a time of 44.71.
"Latoya (Griffith) was outstanding," Buford-Bailey said. "She ran an all-time best and really executed her race plan well. She can improve a little on her last two hurdles which is great because her goal is to run about a half a second better to make the Olympic team."
In the 800m, three Illini set lifetime bests with sophomore's Amanda Duvendack (2:07.92) and Samantha Murphy (2:08.87) finishing back-to-back in seventh and eighth, respectively. Teammate Katie Poradaalso set a career best as she crossed the line with a time of 2:10.98.
"I'm really proud of Sam (Murphy), "Buford-Bailey said. "She had a rough fall and indoor season so it's great to see her coming around."
The Illini also scored with a fifth-place finish in the 100m hurdles and 400m hurdles as sophomore Breeana Coleman finished with a time of 13.48 and Ejesieme set a new personal-best time of 1:00.35, respectively. Kelly also scored in the 400m as she clocked a time of 53.48 while junior Kawanna Brooksjumped a mark of 19-5 ½ (5.93m) to finish fifth.
Next week, the Illini will travel to Columbia, Mo., for the Tom Botts Invitational hosted by the University of Missouri, April 13-14.
Illinois Results at the Stanford Invitational
10,000m (Section 2)
18. Courtney Yaeger34:23.60*
Illinois Results at LSU's Battle on the Bayou
1. Maddie Aufmann, 10:40.70
2. Amber Stack, 10:51.21
4. Ejesieme, Kelly, Smith, Spencer 44.71
1. Boyd, Kelly, Griffith, Spencer 3:33.15
12. Mariah Smith, 142-01 (43.31m)
5. Kawanna Brooks, 19-5 ½ (5.93m)
T-10. Marissa Golliday, 5-05 ¼ (1.66m)