Senior Chantelle Groenewoud will compete in the 3,000m steeplechase at the NCAA Championships for the third time in her career.
June 6, 2011
The Illinois women's track and field team will send six athletes in five events to Des Moines, Iowa, for the 2011 NCAA Outdoor Championships from June 8-11 at Drake Stadium. The Illini will be represented by senior Tamika Robinson in the 100m hurdles, junior Ashley Kelly in the 400m, sophomore Stephanie Morgan in the 1,500m, senior Chantelle Groenewoud in the 3,000m steeplechase and the 4x100m relay of senior Cheria Morgan, Kelly, Robinson and senior Melissa Bates.
Robinson, who earned her first career All-America honors in the 100m hurdles last season, will compete in the event for the second-straight year. The Chicago, Ill., native also was an All-American in the 60m hurdles during the indoor season, placing seventh overall at the NCAA Championships. Kelly will make her first appearance at the national meet in an individual event after qualifying in the 400m. It will be her third time running at nationals after reaching the final meet of the year as part of an Illini relay each of the past two seasons.
Both Robinson and Kelly will run a leg on the 4x100m relay along with Morgan and Bates, who was inserted into the lineup after sophomore Kayla Smith was unable to compete at the NCAA West Preliminary Round due to illness. The relay, which advanced to nationals for the second year in a row, turned in its top performance of the season at Drake Stadium in April at the Drake Relays when they timed 44.17.
In the distance events, Illinois boasts a pair of entries, which is tied with Iowa for the most national qualifiers in the Big Ten. Groenewoud will make her third appearance at the NCAA Championships in the 3,000m steeplechase while Morgan will compete for the first time in her career at the national meet.
Live results and video will be available during all four days of the meet and linked on www.fightingillini.com. The meet will be aired live on Friday from 6:30-8:30 p.m. CT on CBS College Sports Network and from 12-2 p.m. on Saturday on CBS. NCAA.com will stream the entire championship online. Live updates from the meet will be posted to the @IlliniTrackXC Twitter account while a full recap and results can be found on fightingillini.com following the completion of each day.
Illini Schedule at the NCAA Championships
(All times Central)
Friday, June 10
7:55 p.m. 400m Final
Saturday, June 11
12:03 p.m. 4x100m Relay Final
12:18 p.m. 1,500m Final
12:54 p.m. 3,000m Steeplechase Final
1:09 p.m. 100m Hurdles Final
New USTFCCCA All-America Policy
Individuals and relays that score any portion of a team point in an NCAA Track & Field Championship will earn USTFCCCA First-Team All-America honors (place first through eighth). Those individuals and relays that place between nine and 16 overall (including ties) in an NCAA Track & Field Championship will earn USTFCCCA Second-Team All-America honors. Those who do not meet the criteria above, but participate at least a round of the finals site for an NCAA Championship will be listed as Honorable Mention All-America.
Illini Athletes at Nationals:
Chantelle Groenewoud (Sr., N. Vancouver, B.C.) - 3,000m Steeplechase
Clocked a personal-best time of 10:14.08 in the 3,000m steeplechase at the NCAA West Preliminary Round and earned her third career trip to the NCAA Championships ... Her qualifying time is seeded 22nd at the national meet and ranks second in school history ... Also competed at nationals as a freshman and sophomore ... Garnered All-Big Ten honors for the first time following a second-place showing at the Big Ten Championships, marking her best finish at the conference meet ... Placed second at the Drake Relays in the event in her last race at Drake Stadium.
Personal best in 3,000m Steeplechase: 10:14.08 (5/27/11)
Ashley Kelly (Jr., Tortola, British Virgin Islands) - 400m, 4x100m Relay
Advanced to nationals in an individual event for the first time in her career, punching her ticket in the 400m at the NCAA West Preliminary Round with a personal-best time of 52.95 ... Her qualifying time is seeded 9th out of the 24 entrants and is ranked third in school history ... Placed second in the 400m at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships and won the conference crown in the event at the Big Ten Indoor Championships ... Also will run on the 4x100m relay at nationals for the second year in a row.
Personal best in 400m: 52.95 (5/27/11)
Stephanie Morgan (So., Barnesville, Ohio) - 1,500m
Clinched a berth to the NCAA Championships for the first time in her career after finishing fourth in her heat with her second-fastest 1,500m time (4:20.45) of the year ... Her qualifying time is seeded 14th out of the 24 entrants ... Ran a personal-best mark of 4:15.90 in her last race at Drake Stadium and eclipsed a 20-year-old record in her 1,500m victory at the Drake Relays, clocking the fastest time in the history of the event at the meet ... Her PR time ranks second in school history behind only Angela Bizzarri's mark of 4:15.42 ... Placed fourth in the 1,500m at the Big Ten Championships.
Personal best in 1,500m: 4:15.90 (4/30/11)
Tamika Robinson (Sr., Chicago, Ill.) - 100m Hurdles, 4x100m Relay
Earned a return trip to the NCAA Championships in the 100m hurdles by qualifying out of the NCAA West Preliminary Round with a time of 13.40, which is seeded 24th ... Matched her personal-best time in the event with a wind-aided mark of 13.06 during the first round of the NCAA West Prelims ... Placed fourth in 100m hurdles at the Big Ten Championships with her fastest wind-legal mark of the year (13.27) ... Picked up her first career All-America honors in the 100m hurdles last season and was a first-team All-American in the 60m hurdles at the 2011 NCAA Indoor Championships ... Also will run on the 4x100m relay at nationals for the second year in a row.
Personal best in 100m Hurdles: 13.06 (5/27/11)
Illinois 4x100m Relay: Cheria Morgan, Ashley Kelly, Tamika Robinson, Melissa Bates
Qualified for the NCAA Championships for the second-straight season after notching an automatic bid with a time of 44.52 at the NCAA West Preliminary Round ... Seeded 14th out of the 24 competing teams at the national meet ... Ran a season-best time of 44.17 in their last race at Drake Stadium and finished fourth in the event at the Drake Relays ... Placed second at the Big Ten Championships with a time of 44.59 ... Senior Melissa Bates replaced sophomore Kayla Smith, who was unable to compete due to illness, on the relay at the NCAA West Prelims ... The relay recorded a 13th-place finish at the national meet last season.
Season best: 44.17 (4/30/11)
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