Senior Elizabeth Boyle took third in the 5,000m at the Drake Relays with a PR time of 16:34.59, which ranks fifth in school history.
April 28, 2011
DES MOINES, Iowa - The Illini women were in action in a pair of distance events to kick off competition at the Drake Relays on Thursday night. Senior Elizabeth Boyle took third in the 5,000m with a personal-best time of 16:34.59 while the 4x1600m relay of senior Chantelle Groenewoud, freshman Katie Porada, and sophomores Amber Stack and Stephanie Morgan finished fourth in the 15-team race with a time of 19:43.86.
"This was a great momentum builder for Elizabeth moving into the conference meet in two weeks," distance coach Jeremy Rasmussen said. "Tonight's conditions were pretty favorable to run fast, and she was able to be in the lead pack and really compete well. She ran very consistent and felt really good about her race. The wind was much tougher earlier in the day during the 4x1600m relay, but that group put together a good race and battled through it."
Boyle, who broke the school record in the 10,000m earlier this season, cracked the top five on Illinois' all-time list in the 5,000m. Her mark ranks fifth in school history and was over 17 seconds faster than her previous personal best of 16:51.77, which she ran last year at the Drake Relays. The Elmhurst, Ill., native came in behind only Nebraska's Martina Barinova (16:28.77) and Oakland's Lia Jones (16:29.34) among the 15 runners in the race.
The Illini will be back on the track on Friday morning beginning with the prelims of the 4x100m relay. The remaining schedule of Illini action at the Drake Relays can be found below. Live results are linked on fightingillini.com, and the meet will be streamed live on www.GoDrakeBulldogs.com for a subscription fee.
Thursday Results at the Drake Relays
3. Elizabeth Boyle 16:34.59
Friday, April 29
9:32 a.m.......4x100m Relay prelims (Cheria Morgan, Ashley Kelly, Kayla Smith, Tamika Robinson)
11:14 a.m.....100m Hurdles prelims (Tamika Robinson)
12:45 p.m.....100m prelims (Ashley Kelly, Tamika Robinson, Kayla Smith)
2:34 p.m.......800m FINAL (Amanda Duvendack, Samantha Murphy)
3:40 p.m.......4x400m Relay prelims (Ryisha Boyd, Melissa Bates, Ashley Kelly, Latoya Griffith)
6:00 p.m.......4x200m Relay final (Cheria Morgan, Kayla Smith, Ashley Kelly, Melissa Bates)
Saturday, April 30
8 a.m.....8K Road Race (Elizabeth Boyle, Courtney Yaeger)
11:20 a.m.......3,000m Steeplechase FINAL (Madeline Aufmann, Chantelle Groenewoud, Amber Stack)
1:39 p.m.......400m Hurdles FINAL (Latoya Griffith)
2:21 p.m.......100m FINAL
2:35 p.m.......100m Hurdles FINAL
4:17 p.m.......4x100m Relay FINAL
4:37 p.m.......1,500m Seeded FINAL (Stephanie Morgan)
5:32 p.m.......4x400m Relay FINAL