Junior Ashley Kelly
Jan. 28, 2011
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - For the third consecutive weekend, the Illinois women's track and field team will compete at the UI Armory, as it will host the Illinois Intercollegiate on Saturday. The Illini will take on seven in-state schools, including Bradley, DePaul, Eastern Illinois, Illinois State, McKendree, Southern Illinois-Edwardsville and Western Illinois. The premier track finals will begin at 3 p.m. while the other field events (10 a.m.) and running heats (12 p.m.) will start earlier in the day. Admission is free to the public and a full schedule with heat sheets can be found above.
"We are excited to host the Illinois Intercollegiate meet this weekend," head coach Tonja Buford-Bailey said. "It will be good competition to face all these teams from across the state, but ultimately, we are focused on posting better marks on the Big Ten and NCAA list. There will be some pride on the line as well since we are the only Big Ten school."
Following a pair of personal bests in her event victories at the Illini Classic, senior Tamika Robinson will again look to take the top spots in the 60m dash and 60m hurdles on Saturday. The Chicago, Ill., native currently ranks fourth in the NCAA in the 60m hurdles (8.17) and fourth in the Big Ten in the 60m (7.51). The finals of both events will kick off the afternoon session of track finals at 3 p.m.
Sophomore Kayla Smith and junior Ashley Kelly hold the third- and fourth-best 200m times in the conference while seniors Melissa Bates and Cheria Morgan are tied for eighth on the Big Ten list. All four sprinters will be in action at 4:05 p.m. in the finals of the 200m. In the 600m, freshman Samantha Murphy and junior Jayla McArthur rank fourth and seventh, respectively, in the Big Ten and are slated to race at 3:45 p.m.
Other Illini to watch on the track include sophomore Marissa Golliday, junior Ryisha Boyd, Bates and Kelly in the 400m (3:32 p.m.), sophomore Amber Stack and senior Elizabeth Boyle in the mile (3:20 p.m.), freshman Amanda Duvendack in the 800m (3:55 p.m.) and a solid group of distance runners in the 3,000m (4:15 p.m.). All times in parentheses are approximate as part of the rolling schedule in the afternoon, which will wrap up around 4:40 p.m. with the 4x400m relay.
In the field events, watch for junior Kendall McCaugherty in the high jump (1:30 p.m.), freshman Stephanie Richartz in the pole vault (11 a.m.) and sophomore Kawanna Brooks in the long jump (11 a.m.) and triple jump (2 p.m.).
Next week, the Illini hit the road for the first time this season, as they head to South Bend, Ind., for the Meyo Invitational from Feb. 4-5.