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2013 Preview: Big 10 Illinois Women

Jennifer DeBellis, Nicole Demarais, Elizabeth Eitzen, Stephanie Richartz

Jennifer DeBellis    Jennifer DeBellis; Freshman; Vancouver, Wash; 5-6

High SchoolTwo time state pole vault champion … Earned first team All-league four times throughout career … Earned eight varsity letters, four in track and field and four in gymnastics.

Personal Full name is Jennifer Lynn DeBellis … Born Spet. 12, 1994 … Parents are David and Kathy DeBellis … Her hobbies include playing guitar/piano/cello, working with photo shop- graphic design … Favorite athlete is Jenn Suhr … Majoring in engineering.

Nicole Demarais    Nicole Demarais; Sophomore; Geneva, Ill.; 5-8; 03/18/1992

High SchoolEarned 11 varsity letters in track and field, cross country, swimming, and marching band.

Personal Born March 18, 1992 … Daughter of Marty and Karin Demarais … Has two siblings, Sam and Kemp … Majoring in microbiology with minor in chemistry.

Elizabeth Eitzen     Elizabeth Eitzen; Senior;Orland Park, Ill.;

AT ILLINOIS 

2012 Track and Field Outdoor:Qualified for the NCAA West Preliminary Round of Championship … Scored points at the Big Ten Championship, finishing fifth with a personal-best jump of 13-0 3/4 (3.98m), second-best in school history … Academic All-Big Ten.

Indoor:Scored points for the team at the Big Ten Championships in pole vault, placing eighth … Had four top-5 finishes, including setting a new career-best mark of 12-10 (3.91m) at the Orange and Blue Open.

2011 Track and Field Outdoor:Participated in pole vault for five meets…Scored points for the team at the Big Ten Challenge in pole vault, placing fourth…Placed third at Stan Lyons Invitational.

Indoor:Had two second place finishes in pole vault at the Illini Open and Illini Classic … Recorded her personal-best in pole vault with 12-7 ½ (3.85m) at the Big Ten Championships.

2010 Track and Field Outdoor:Competed in the pole vault at four meets, including at the Mike Poehlein Invitational where she set a personal-best mark of 11-2 ½ (3.42m) and finished sixth overall … Was second in the pole vault at the Horned Frog Invitational.

Indoor:Did not compete.

High SchoolPlaced second in the high jump and third in the triple jump at the 2009 SWSC `Blue’ Division Girls Conference Championships.

PersonalDaughter of Bill and Joyce Eitzen … Born Oct. 31, 1990 … Favorite athlete is Devin Hester … Favorite place on campus is the Union because it’s a great place to hang out or study …  Plans to go to medical school after graduation … Majoring in food science and human nutrition.

Eitzen’s Personal Bests OutdoorPole Vault: 13-0 3/4 (3.98m) – Big Ten Championship (5/13/12)

Indoor Pole Vault: 12-10 (3.91m)- Orange and Blue Open (2/4/12)

Stephanie Richartz  Stephanie Richartz; Junior;Island Lake, Ill.;01/21/1992

AT ILLINOIS

2012 Track and Field Outdoor:Became Illinois’ first pole vault Big Ten champion, setting a new school record of 14-2 3/4 (4.34m) … Qualified for the NCAA West Preliminary Round of Championship and placed 13th in the pole vault, just missing a trip to the national meet … Placed first at the Tom Botts Invitational, EIU Big Blue Classic, and the SEC/Big Ten Challenge.

Indoor:Earned second-team All-Big Ten team after finishing second in the pole vault at the Big Ten Championships … Holds the Illinois school record after setting a mark of 13-10 (4.22m) at the Tyson Invitational … Won the pole vault event four times during season.

2011 Track and Field Outdoor:Had three third-place finishes at Big Ten Challenge, LSU Invitational, and Polytan Invitational…Had her personal-best in pole vault at the Polytan Invitational with 13-1 ¾ (4.01m).

Indoor:Had the best pole vault attempt with a 12-11 ½ (3.95m) at the Big Ten Championships, recording her personal-best … Placed first in pole vault three consecutive times in a row at Illini Open, Illini Classic, and Illinois Intercollegiate.

High SchoolWas an Illinois state finalist in the pole vault in 2010 … Posted a personal-best height of 11-6 in the pole vault … Earned varsity letters in track for all four years and one year each in cross country and gymnastics … Holds the school record in the pole vault … Member of the National Honor Society.

PersonalFull name is Stephanie Joan Richartz … Born Jan. 21, 1992 … Parents are Michael and Cindy Richartz … Has two brothers, Dylan and Nathan … Hobbies include snowboarding, swimming and mission work/volunteering … Biggest thrill in sports is watching your teammates cheer you on … Majoring in industrial engineering.

Richartz’s Personal Bests OutdoorPole Vault: 14-2 3/4 (4.34m) – Big Ten Championships (5/13/12)*

Indoor Pole Vault: 13-10 (4.22m) – Tyson Invitational (2/10/12)

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