Orange and Blue Set for Tom Botts Invitational
April 13, 2012
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Illinois women's track and field team will head to Columbia, Mo., this Saturday to compete at the Tom Botts Invitational. The scored meet will be held at Audrey J. Walton Stadium and feature squads from Depaul, Iowa, Loyola and Missouri State.
"It's mainly going to be field events and distance runners because we're getting ready for Mt. Sac Relays and next weekend as well as Arkansas," head coach Tonja Buford-Bailey said. "The ones who are competing are going to go hard, it's a competition for them. It's some that needed an extra meet or are trying to run a faster mark in order to get in an upcoming meet. There is definitely a goal for everybody racing."
Field events will start at 10 a.m. on Saturday morning while track races will begin at 11 a.m. Teams will be competing with the standard NCAA Championships scoring format of 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1, as 10 points will be awarded to the first-place finisher down to one point being awarded to the eighth-place finisher in each individual event.
Freshman Asia Thomas highlights the 200m and 400m, as the Cape Girardeau, Mo., native holds the sixth fastest time in the Big Ten in the 400m. A pair of freshman open the outdoor season on Saturday as Colette Falsey and Alyssa Schneider run the 800m while sophomore Rachel Irion and junior Kelsey Seiler will compete in the 3,000m. Sophomore Meagan Hynes will look to improve upon her 3,000m steeplechase time, as she is the lone Illini running in the event.
School record holder Stephanie Richartz leads sophomore Elizabeth Eitzen in the pole vault while juniors Kawanna Brooks and Marissa Golliday will high jump. Golliday will also join junior Kristen Morrison in the long jump and Brooks will be the lone Illini in the triple jump. A pair of sophomore's are slated in the throwing events, with Kristen Wilson launching the shot put and Mariah Smith competing in the discus while Morrison will throw the javelin.
"A lot of the field event kids are getting ready to run a full multi-event, a full heptathlon, and I think that will be two weeks from now. The goal right now is to refine some of the individual events like the high jump and long jump."
Full results and a recap can be found on fightingillini.com following the completion of the event. The Illini will split next weekend as some will compete at the Mt. Sac Relays in Walnut, Calif., April 19-21 while others will travel to Fayetteville, Ark., for the John McDonnell Invitational, April 20-21.