Illini Head to LSU Alumni Gold Invite
April 18, 2014
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- The University of Illinois women's track and field team is back on the road this weekend when they travel to the LSU Alumni Gold Meet on Saturday, April 19. Field events begin at 9:00 a.m. CT, followed by two sessions of running events. The `B" sections will begin at 10:00 a.m. CT, while the `A' sections are set for a 1:00 p.m. start. Among the 21-team field will be host school and No. 7 LSU, along with No. 1 Texas A&M, No. 10 Arizona and Big Ten opponent Michigan.
Mariah Smith and Jazjuan Wallace-Sipp will kick off the day in the discus. Last weekend, Smith threw the third-best mark in school history to place third, while Wallace-Sipp took seventh with the eighth-best all-time mark. Kawanna Brooks will compete in the long jump, followed by Kandie Bloch-Jones in the high jump. Bloch-Jones reached a season-best height of 5-9 3/4 (1.77m) at the Illinois Twilight, which is also the eighth-best mark in school history. Rounding out the field events will be Kristen Wilson in the shot put. Pole vaulter Jennifer DeBellis will travel with the men's team to the Kentucky Relays.
Jesica Ejesieme is coming off of a first-place finish at the Illinois Twilight where she clocked the fastest 100m hurdles time in the conference so far this season. She will be be joined in the event this weekend by teammate Kawanna Brooks. Ejesieme will also compete in the 400m hurdles. Kymbriona Taylor and Claire Kieger will compete in the 100m dash, followed by Asia Thomas in the 400m. Thomas, Taylor and Kieger will also run the 200m. Ahlivia Spencer, Chloe Schmidt, Stephanie Morgan and Lindsey Rakosnik will run in the 800m, while Britten Petrey will move to the 1,500m after winning the 3,000m steeplechase in the first three meets of the season.