Sophomore Jesica Ejesieme helped qualify the 4x200m relay team into the championship final and qualified for the 100m hurdle final tomorrow at Penn Relays
April 27, 2012
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - In the second day of competition, the Illini set performances which rank in the schools all-time list at both the Penn and Drake Relays. Sophomore Jesica Ejesieme led the group at Penn Relays, helping the 4x200m run the fifth fastest time in school history while also qualifying for the finals of the 100m hurdles. At Drake, sophomore Stephanie Richartzplaced runner-up in the pole vault while the 4x800m relay team ran the second fastest time on the all-time list.
"Our 4x200 ran very well today," head coach Tonja Buford-Baileysaid. "Jesica (Ejesieme) lead off and really got us in the mix. She also ran one of her fastest 100 hurdles times today so she stepped up for us. We are looking forward to tomorrow with both of the relay finals."
The quartet of Jesica Ejesieme, Ashley Kelly, Kayla Smith, Ashley Spencerqualified for the finals of the 4x200m relay after finishing fourth with a time of 1:34.62, the fifth fastest time in school history. The finals of the event will happen tomorrow at at 1:25 p.m. CT. Later that afternoon, Ejesieme qualified for Saturday's finals of the 100m hurdles after finishing second in her heat and third overall with a time of 13.34, her second fastest this season.
At the Drake Relays, Richartz placed second overall in the pole vault, clearing the 4.00m mark while the 4x800m squad of Samantha Murphy, Chloe Schmidt, Madeline Aufmann, and Amanda Duvendack set the second fastest mark in school history in a time of 8:46.99 to take fifth overall. Duvendack and Murphy also ran the 800m finishing sixth in a time of 2:08.88 and 10th with a mark of 2:10.46, respectively. Lastly, junior Marissa Gollidayhighlighted the distance medley relay, running a new personal-best 800m while the team finished with a time of 11:45.89.
"I would say Stephanie (Richartz) taking second, the 4x800m relay team finishing with the second fastest time in school history and the huge personal best by Marissa (Golliday) were the highlights of today's competition," distance coach Jeremy Rasmussensaid. "For the not so great weather conditions, the girls did well."
The Illini will wrap up the Drake Relays tomorrow as junior Kawanna Brooks competess in both the long and triple jump on Saturday, after setting a personal-best mark in the long jump last weekend. Sophomore Katie Poradais also coming off a weekend in which she set a career-best in the 1,500m. Porada will wrap up the Illini's competition as she competes in the event at 5:01 p.m. CT.
A complete list of Illini entrants at the Penn and Drake Relays can be found below. Live results will be linked on fightingillini.com, and the meet will be streamed live on www.GoDrakeBulldogs.com for a subscription fee and www.ThePennRelays.com. Both squads will be back in action tomorrow with full results and a recap following the completion of the meets on fightingillini.com.
Friday Results at the Drake Relays
2. Stephanie Richartz4.00m
100m hurdles prelims
22. Kawanna Brooks14.63
Friday Results at the Penn Relays
Saturday, April 28
1:25 p.m. ......... 4x200m relay FINAL
2:15 p.m. ......... 100m Hurdles FINAL
4:40 p.m. ......... 4x400m Relay FINAL