Senior Melissa Bates and the Illini head to the Meyo Invitational on Feb. 4-5.
Feb. 3, 2011
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 Notre Dame, Ind., for the 24th annual Meyo Invitational on Feb. 4-5. The two-day event, which welcomes some of the top track and field talent from across the United States, begins Friday at 4 p.m. CT at the Loftus Sports Center, while Saturday is divided into two sessions, with unseeded sections in the morning followed by the invitational sections in the afternoon. A full schedule of events and heat sheets can be found above.
The Illini will square off against 47 other squads, including six other Big Ten foes in No. 20 Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, No. 25 Ohio State and Purdue. The Loftus Center features a six-lane track one fifth of a mile long, making it as large as any indoor track in the nation.
The women's 5,000m race will kick off the track action for the Orange and Blue on Friday night, as seniors Elizabeth Boyle and Maggie Mulchrone along with sophomore Courtney Yaeger will run their first 5K of the year. The Illini will also run their first distance medley relay of the season with sophomore Katie Porada starting things off followed by sophomore Marissa Golliday and freshman Samantha Murphy before sophomore Stephanie Morgan handles the anchor leg.
Senior Tamika Robinson will look to keep her undefeated season alive in the 60m hurdles and 60m dash, with the trials of both events slated for Friday evening followed by the finals on Saturday afternoon. Sophomore Stephanie Morgan will face top competition in the Meyo Mile on Saturday to open up the afternoon session of seeded running events.
In the 400m, a trio of Illini will compete in sophomore Latoya Griffith and juniors Ryisha Boyd and Ashley Kelly. Other Illini scheduled to run in the seeded events include senior Melissa Bates and sophomore Kayla Smith in the 200m along with Murphy in the 800m. The 4x400m relay team of Boyd, Kelly, Griffith and Bates is slotted to close out the event for the Orange and Blue.
Several Illini field event athletes will be in action, highlighted by sophomore Kawanna Brooks in the long and triple jump, junior Kendall McCaugherty in the high jump and freshman Stephanie Richartz in the pole vault.
Full results and a recap of the meet can be found on fightingillini.com after the meet. Next weekend, Illinois will travel to Fayetteville, Ark., for the Tyson Invitational on Feb. 11-12.