Women's Cross Country, Track & Field
Illini Break 4x800m School Record at Drake

Junior Samantha Murphy ran the anchor leg of the school record breaking 4x800m relay squad at Drake Relays.
Junior Samantha Murphy ran the anchor leg of the school record breaking 4x800m relay squad at Drake Relays.

April 26, 2013

DES MOINES, Iowa -- On Friday at the Drake Relays, the 4x800m relay squad broke the 20 year old school record at the Drake Relays. Also, junior Breeana Coleman ran the lead leg of the 4x100m relay to the third fastest prelim time in the morning and qualified individually for the 100m hurdles final while the 4x400m relay also advanced to tomorrow's finals.

"We had a great day today," head coach Tonja Buford-Bailey said. "Our goal at this meet was to focus on the relays. The 4x800 set the tone by breaking a 20 year old school record. The 4x100 and 4x400 advanced to the finals tomorrow so we are all pleased."

The Illini ended Friday night with a school record performance in the 4x800m. The squad of junior Amanda Duvendack, sophomore Chloe Schmidt, junior Ahlivia Spencer and junior Samantha Murphy finished second and clocked a new Illinois best in the event, finishing with a time of 8:37.02. The group beat the previous time by nearly six seconds and it's the first time in 20 years the record had been broken, dating back to 1993.

The 4x1 quartet of Coleman, sophomore Asia Thomas, freshman Morolake Akinosun and senior Lauren Hollingsworth won their heat with a time of 45.81. The time was the third fastest overall and was the quickest of all six conference teams there. In the prelims of the 4x400m relay, Hollingsworth, Thomas, Ahl. Spencer and Murphy combined for a time of 3:38.90, which was the second fastest time on the afternoon behind Notre Dame. The Illini group won their heat and automatically advanced to the final event tomorrow. The relay will be the final event of the day for the Orange and Blue, scheduled to begin at 4:42 p.m. CT.

Coleman also timed 14.24 in the 100m hurdles against strong headwinds. She will compete in the event final tomorrow afternoon around 2:38 p.m. CT.

In the field events, senior Marissa Golliday set a new lifetime best in the high jump with a mark of 5-7 3/4 (1.72m). The mark cracks the school's top-10 in the event at the No. 10.

"Marissa is consistently performing top notch," Buford-Bailey said. "She high jumped an outdoor personal best and tomorrow she will run the first leg of the 4x400."

The Illini will be back in action on Saturday morning in the sprint medley relay before competing in three event finals. The remaining schedule of Illini action at the Drake Relays can be found below. Full results and a recap following the completion of the meet can be found on fightingillini.com

Illinois Schedule at the Drake Relays
Q/q=qualified for tomorrow's finals

Friday, April 26

100m H (Prelims)
7. Breeana Coleman 14.24 q
13. Jesica Ejesieme 14.48
27. Kristin Morrison 15.31

4x100 (Prelims)
3. Breeana Coleman, Asia Thomas, Morolake Akinosun, Lauren Hollingsworth 45.81 Q

4x400m (Prelims)
2. Lauren Hollingsworth, Asia Thomas, Ahlivia Spencer, Samantha Murphy 3:38.90 Q

4x800 FINAL
Amanda Duvendack, Chloe Schmidt, Ahlivia Spencer, Samantha Murphy 8:37.02 *

High Jump FINAL
T7. Marissa Golliday 5-7 3/4 (1.72m)

Discus FINAL
23. Mariah Smith 133-10 (40.80m)

Javelin FINAL
19. Kristin Morrison 38.92m

Long Jump FINAL
20. Marissa Golliday 5.31m

Thursday, April 25

5,000m FINAL
4. Courtney Yaeger 16:26.24
5. Alyssa Schneider 16:27.43

10,000m FINAL
16. Meghan Frigo 36:15.85

Saturday, April 27
9:47 a.m. ............ Sprint Medley Relay FINAL (Morolake Akinosun, Ashley Spencer, Ahlivia Spencer, Samantha Murphy)
10:25 a.m. ............ 3,000m Steeplechase (Madeline Aufmann)
1:17 p.m. .............. 400m Hurdles FINAL (Jesica Ejesieme)
1:42 p.m. .............. DMR FINAL (Chloe Schmidt, Lauren Hollingsworth, Amanda Duvendack, Katie Porada)
2:38 p.m. ............ 100m H FINAL
3:30 p.m. ............ 4x100 FINAL
3:47 p.m. .............. 1,500m FINAL (Stephanie Morgan, Katie Porada)
4:42 p.m. ............ 4x400 FINAL

* = school record