May 28, 2014
NCAA West Preliminary Notes | Championships Central | Live Results
2014 NCAA West Preliminary Round of Championship
Thursday, May 29 - Saturday, May 31
John McDonnell Field // Fayetteville, Arkansas
The University of Illinois women's track and field team earned 10 bids to the NCAA West Preliminary Round of Championship on May 29-31. The event, held at John McDonnell Field in Fayetteville, Arkansas, will feature nine individual Illini. For the fifth straight season, the country has been split into two regions, East and West. The East Preliminary Rounds will be held at the same time in Jacksonville, Fla.
Each preliminary round site will host the top 48 declared athletes -- or 24 relay teams -- in each event, with the exception of the heptathlon. The preliminary round will serve as the first two rounds of competition for the NCAA championships, narrowing the field in each event to 12 from each region.
The top 12 performers from each preliminary round site will then advance to compete at the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Oregon, from June 11-14.
Live results and video from arkansasrazorbacks.com will be available during all three days and linked on www.fightingillini.com. A full recap and results can be found on fightingillini.com following the completion of each day.
Big Ten Outdoor Championships Recap
The Fighting Illini women's track and field team placed 11th at the 2014 Big Ten Outdoor Championships. The Orange and Blue totaled 21 points over the weekend, with eight of those points coming Sunday from Kandie Bloch-Jones, who finished runner-up in the high jump.
Illini Athletes to Watch
Jesica Ejesieme, 100m Hurdles, 400m Hurdles (Sr., Rowlett, Texas)
Ejesieme scored points for the Illini in both the 100m hurdles and 400m hurdles at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships. The senior clocked a 110m hurdles time of 13.37, ranked 15th in the West, to place fifth. Ejesieme also competed in the 400m hurdles and placed sixth. The Rowlett, Texas, native also notched two fourth-place finishes in the events at the Drake Relays.
100m Hurdles - Personal-Best: 13.29 (5/29/14)
400m Hurdles - Personal-Best: 57.30 (5/13/12)
Alyssa Schneider, 10,000m (Jr., Bartlett, Ill.)
In her first-ever 10,000m race, Alyssa Schneider placed fifth at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships. Despite a steady rainfall and cool temperatures, the junior clocked the second-fastest time in school history in the event. Schneider has entered the record books in two other events during the outdoor season and currently holds Illinois' fifth-fastest 3,000m time and the seventh-fastest 1,500m time in program history.
10,000m - Personal-Best: 34:23.64 (5/16/14)
Ahlivia Spencer, 800m (Sr., Indianapolis, Ind.)
The indoor conference champion is looking to bounce back in the 800m after stumbling across the finish line to place eighth at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships. The senior's season best time of 2:07.04, set at the Drake Relays, currently ranks 21st in the West. Spencer ended the regular season by capturing the 800m title at the Billy Hayes Invitational.
800m - Personal-Best: 2:07.04 (4/25/14)
Kandie Bloch-Jones, High Jump (Fr., Argenta-Oreana, Ill.)
Bloch-Jones is coming off of a runner-up finish at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships where she cleared a height of 1.76m, her second-best of the season. The indoor conference champion won the Illinois Twilight with a mark of 1.77m, which currently ranks 27th in the West.
High Jump - Personal-Best: 5-9 3/4 (1.77m) (4/12/14)