May 15, 2014
Big Ten Outdoor Championships Notes | B1G Heat Sheets | Championships Central
2014 Big Ten Outdoor Track & Field Championships
Friday, May 16 - Sunday, May 18
Rankin Track and Field // West Lafayette, Indiana
Television: BTN Tape Delay - Sunday, May 25 at 5 p.m. CT
The Fighting Illini women's track and field team heads to West Lafayette, Indiana for the Big Ten Outdoor Championships on May 16-18. The meet begins Friday at 10:15 a.m. CT with the start of the heptathlon, followed by the finals for the hammer throw and the 10,000m. The shot put, high jump and javelin finals will take place on Saturday, with running event trials beginning at 3:10 p.m. CT. Running finals are set for Sunday, along with the high jump, pole vault and discus finals.
The 2014 Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championships will be televised tape-delayed by the Big Ten Network on Sunday, May 25 at 5:00 p.m. CT. Heat sheets and results can be found on Purdue's website, purduesports.com.
Illinois History at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships
The Illini have won the most individual/relay event titles of any team in the Big Ten, with a total of 117 first-place finishes since the women's championships started in 1982. The Illini have captured 59 titles on the track, 30 in field events and 28 from relays. Wisconsin ranks second with 94 titles. Illinois has also won a total of six outdoor team titles, with the most recent coming in 2007. The Orange and Blue placed second at last year's conference championships with five event titles.
Illini Athletes to Watch
Kandie Bloch-Jones, High Jump (Fr., Argenta-Oreana, Ill.)
Kandie Bloch-Jones was crowned the conference champion during the indoor season and hopes to do the same outdoors. The freshman recorded three top-five finishes in the high jump, including a first-place finish at the Illinois Twilight. Her season-best mark of 1.77m currently ranks second in the Big Ten. Bloch-Jones looks to win her second conference title in the event, as she captured the conference crown at the 2014 Big Ten Indoor Championships.
Jesica Ejesieme, Hurdles (Sr., Rowlett, Texas)
Jesica Ejesieme has captured four event titles this season, including three in the 100m hurdles. At the Illinois Twilight, she won the event with a time of 13.40, the third-fastest time in the Big Ten this season. The senior also won an event title in the 400m hurdles this season and holds the fourth-fastest time in the conference. Ejesieme competed in both events at the prestigious Drake Relays and placed fourth.
. Alyssa Schneider, Distance (Jr., Bartlett, Ill.)
Alyssa Schneider has competed in three different events during the outdoor season and recorded top-three finishes at each competition. She won the 3,000m at the Tiger Track Classic and finished runner-up in the 1,500m at both the ASU Invitational and Billy Hayes Invitational. Her season-best time of 4:22.53 currently ranks seventh in the Big Ten this season and is the seventh-fastest time in school history. Schneider placed third in the 5,000m at the Drake Relays and her season-best time ranks just outside the conference's top-10 list.
Ahlivia Spencer, Sprints (Sr., Indianapolis, Ind.)
Ahlivia Spencer is coming off of a first-place finish in the 800m at the Billy Hayes Invitational. She clocked a season-best time of 2:07.04 in the event at the Drake Relays, the fifth-fastest time in the Big Ten this season. Spencer looks to win her second conference title in the event, as she captured the conference crown at the 2014 Big Ten Indoor Championships.