Three Set Personal-Bests in Heptathlon at Big Ten's
May 11, 2012
MADISON, Wis. - The Illini wrapped up competition on the first day of the Big Ten Championships. Junior Marissa Golliday finished day one of the heptathlon sitting at sixth place after racking up 3,282 points through four events while junior Kawanna Brooks and Kristin Morrison finished eighth and 12th after day one. Under the lights, Courtney Yaeger finished 11th in the 10,000m on Friday night.
"All the heptathletes started off very well today," head coach Tonja Buford-Bailey said. "They are hanging in there and doing really well. Were hoping Kawanna (Brooks) can get a big mark in the long jump and Marissa's (Golliday) strongest area is the 800m. Tomorrow we should see them move up in the ranks and both be able to score."
In the heptathlon, junior's Marissa Golliday, Kawanna Brooks and Kristin Morrison started the day with a PR time of 14.49, 13.67, and 14.44 in the 100m hurdles. The duo of Golliday and Brooks also set career-bests in the 200m as Golliday took first in the event while Brooks placed fifth, timing 24.44 and 24.86, respectively.
"Fantastic first day," assistant coach Mike Erb said. "All three had personal-bests. The day started with a great hurdle race and the fields were much deeper. They competed and put themselves in great position for day two. I'm looking forward to seeing the competition tomorrow."
Yaeger finished in the top-11 tonight, finishing 11th with a time of 35:54.71 in the 10,000m on Friday night.
"Tonight's pretty hard to stomach for Courtney (Yaeger)," assistant coach Jeremy Rasmussen. "She looked great at the beginning of the race but really hit the wall. She did a good job and really battled for the team"
Illinois will be back in action at the Big Ten Championships on Saturday morning beginning with the final three events of the heptathlon. Running trials will begin at 2:10 p.m. with the 4x100m relay while Illini competitors will also compete in finals of the long jump, javelin and 3,000m steeplechase.
Illinois Friday Results at Big Ten Outdoor Championships
Saturday, May 12