Senior Ashley Kelly and the Illini will head to the Mark Colligan Invitational this Saturday.
Jan. 26, 2012
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The University of Illinois women's track and field team will hit the road for the first time this season, as it heads to the University of Nebraska to compete in the Mark Colligan Memorial on Saturday, Jan. 28. The field events will begin at 12:30 p.m. CT, with the running events starting at 1 p.m. CT at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. A full schedule of events and heat sheets can be found above.
"This will be our first time running on a banked track," head coach Tonja Buford-Bailey said. "It will be a good chance to get familiar with the area since conference is being held there this year. I'm looking forward to seeing how the girls compete on the road. It will be great to compete against better competitors, especially with Big Ten opponents."
Illinois will be joined by four other teams including two Big Ten opponents, Nebraska and Michigan, along with No. 13 Georgia, and Akron.
The women's 60m hurdles will kick off the action in the track events for the Orange and Blue as sophomore's Breaana Coleman and Jesica Ejesieme are coming off record performances from last week. Coleman turned in a season best performance in the event while Ejesieme set a personal-record in the hurdles. The prelims are scheduled to start at 1:00 pm with the finals of the event to start at 2:50 pm.
Coleman along with Moryike Akinosun and Kayla Smith will compete in the 60m race while eight Illini look to capture the 200m title including Ashley Spencer, who has captured the event title in two consecutive meets this season. All-American Ashley Kelly is scheduled to race in her first 400m of the season, as the senior set the Illinois school record last season. She will be joined by four other Illini including Spencer, Asia Thomas, Latoya Griffith and Golliday with the race finals beginning at 3:18 pm.
Senior Ryisha Boyd and Jayla McArthur look to compete against tough competition in the 600m while a trio of Illini are scheduled to compete in the 800m, including Amanda Duvendack, Chloe Schmidt and Katie Porada.
Five total distance runners will compete for the Illini as Courtney Yaeger leads Madeline Aufmann and Colette Falsey in the mile, while Meghan Frigo and Alyssa Schneider will run in the 3,000m. Two 4x400m relay teams are slotted to close out the event for the Orange and Blue.
Several Illini field event athletes will be in action, highlighted by sophomore and Illini school record holder in the pole vault, Stephanie Richartz, along with Golliday and Kawanna Brooks in the long jump. Brooks will be the lone Illini to compete in the triple jump while Kendall McCaugherty is slated to compete in the high jump for the Orange and Blue.
Next weekend the Illini will host their final indoor competition as the Orange and Blue meet is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 4 beginning at 10 am with field events and 12 pm for running events.