Junior Tamika Robinson won the 60m and 60m hurdles at last year's Illinois intercollegiate.
Jan. 28, 2010
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - After a solid victory at the Carle/Health Alliance Classic, the No. 24 Illinois women's track and field team is back in action on Saturday, Jan. 30 for the Illinois Intercollegiate at the Lantz Fieldhouse in Charleston, Ill. Both the field and running events are scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. for the seven squads competing, which includes College of Dupage, host Eastern Illinois, Lewis, Lincoln College, McKendree and Southern Illiniois-Edwardsville.
"We picked up the intensity during this week of practice and are ready to go for this weekend," head coach Tonja Buford-Bailey said. "We have to keep the intensity rolling to stay sharp and continue to get better with each meet of the season. The goal is to always be at our best at the end of the season."
The Illini took home five event titles at this meet last season and expect repeat success this year. Junior Tamika Robinson, who captured victories in the 60m and 60m hurdles at last year's intercollegiate, is set to run both events again. Senior Aja Evans hopes to continue her strong performances in the sprints and throws, as she will compete in the 60m dash and the shot put. Evans won the 60m crown at the season-opening SASF Invitational and picked up a victory in the shot put at last weekend's Carle/Health Alliance Classic. The Illini boast 11 competitors total in the 60m dash.
After winning the pentathlon last Saturday, senior Alecia Beckford-Stewart will compete in the long jump alongside sophomore Jayla McArthur and Kawanna Brooks, in the high jump along with freshman Shinelle Proctor, who makes her season debut, and in the 60m hurdles with Robinson and sophomore Nia Muhammad. Freshman Marissa Golliday and senior Paris Streeter finished fourth and fifth, respectively, in the 400m last week and will try to improve on those marks, while Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week Melissa Bates will not run this weekend in preparation for upcoming meets.
Other Illini to keep an eye on are freshman Kayla Smith in the 60m, junior Cheria Morgan in the 200m, sophomore Ryisha Boyd and McArthur in the 600m, freshman Madeline Aufmann in the 800m, junior Maggie Mulchrone in the 3,000m and sophomore Alexandria Smith in the triple jump.
Next week, the Illini head to South Bend, Ind., for the Meyo Invitational on Feb. 5-6.