Jesica Ejesieme will compete in two events this weekend and make her season debut in the 200m.
Feb. 14, 2014
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- The Illinois women's track and field team will travel to Fayetteville, Ark. for the Tyson Invitational on Feb. 14-15. The meet will feature nine nationally-ranked teams, including four teams ranked in the top-10. No. 9 Arkansas will host No. 1 Texas, No. 7 Kentucky No. 9 LSU, No. 11 Kansas, No. 17 Mississippi State, No. 24 Oklahoma State and No. 25 Baylor, along with Big Ten opponents Iowa, Nebraska, and Wisconsin.
The action begins Friday at 12:00 p.m. with Stephanie Morgan and Britten Petrey in the college section of the mile run. Asia Thomas will compete in the 400m dash at 1:00, followed by Jesica Ejesieme, Kawanna Brooks, Mobolaji Adeokun and Samone Thompson in the 60m hurdles prelims at 3:00. Ejesieme placed third in the event at the Meyo Invitational last weekend after clocking a season-high time in the prelims. The 60m dash prelims will take place at 4:40 p.m., featuring Mobolaji Adeokun, Kawanna Brooks and Kymbriona Taylor.
At 6:00 p.m., Ahlivia Spencer, Amanda Duvendack and Chloe Schmidt will compete in the invitational section of the 800m run. Spencer placed third in her first 800m race of the season last weekend, while Duvendack clocked the fourth-fastest 800m time in school history at the Rod McCravy Memorial on Jan. 25. In the final running event of the day, Alyssa Schneider will run the invitational section of the mile at 8:05 p.m. The junior has ran the event two times this season and placed first both times, including the Illini Classic where she clocked the 10th-fastest mile time in school history. The Illini will participate in one field event on Friday as Samone Thompson and Mobolaji Adeokun compete in the long jump at noon.
Saturday kicks off at 1:00 p.m. with the 200m dash featuring Asia Thomas, Jesica Ejesieme, Kymbriona Taylor and Mobolaji Adeokun. at 3:15, Colette Falsey and Amanda Fox will compete in the college section of the 3,000m run. Last weekend, Falsey shaved 30 seconds off of her personal-best 3,000m time to placed third, while Fox has recorded two top-five finishes so far this season. The final running event of the day will be the 4x400m relay at 4:45 p.m. Kandie Bloch-Jones will compete in the invitational section of the high jump at 3:30 p.m. The freshman placed third at the Rod McCravy Memorial with the sixth-best mark in school history, and holds the second-best mark in the Big Ten so far this season.