Illinois women’s track finish second at Illinois Twilight


Illinois’ Amanda Duvendak (232) runs the 200 meter dash during the Illinois Twilight Invitational at the Track and Soccer Stadium on Saturday, April 18.

The Illinois women’s track and field team hosted the Illinois Twilight on Saturday and earned runner-up honors in the team race. Illinois finished with 140 points, behind team champion Western Michigan with 179 points.

Additional teams participating in the Twilight included Eastern Illinois, Bradley, Butler, DePaul, Illinois State, Northwestern, UIC, Valparaiso and Indiana.

Three Illinois competitors finished in the school’s top-10 list in the pole vault. Senior Stephanie Richartz won the event with a clearance of 4.36 meters, marking new school and Illinois Soccer and Track stadium facility records. Junior Jennifer DeBellis moved to second in school history with a jump of 4.03 meters, and freshman Sara McKeeman tied for fourth in school history with a clearance of 3.81 meters.

DeBellis, McKeeman and freshman Liz Livington finished third, fourth and eighth, respectively.

Four other Illini competitors finished at the top of their individual events. Senior Amanda Duvendack won the 800 meters. Senior Breeana Coleman took the 100-meter hurdles. Freshman Valerie Bobart grabbed the 3,000 meter steeplechase title in a personal-best time of 10 minutes 52 seconds.

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Sophomore Kandie Bloch-Jones cleared 1.77 meters to take the high jump title.

Head coach Ron Garner’s team will next compete April 22-25 at the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa.

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