Geneva, Ohio — On the first day of the Big Ten Indoor Championships, the Illinois women’s track and field team crowned one Big Ten champion and scored in three events to earn 30 team points while also qualifying individuals in seven events to tomorrow’s finals. Stephanie Richartz won her first indoor conference crown in the pole vault, and was one of two individuals to set school records in their respective events. The Orange and Blue sit in fourth place heading into the final day of competition.

“We did so well today,” head coach Tonja Buford-Bailey said. “We had a great first day, it ranks as one of the best ever. The four people who scored today, really had some special performances. I hope we can keep this intensity tomorrow and do the same kinds of things.”

Junior Richartz won her second overall Big Ten title on Friday night, as she finished with a school record height of 13-11 1/4 (4.25m). Teammate Elizabeth Eitzen recorded her highest career finish at the indoor conference meet, finishing fourth and setting a height of 12-11 1/2 (3.95m). Also in the field events, senior Marissa Golliday finished second in the pentathlon with 4,067 points, the second most in school history. Golliday won the high jump and the 800m while senior Kristin Morrison scored one team point after finishing eighth with 3,579 total points.

“Coach Erb has done a great job with all the field event athletes,” Buford-Bailey said. “For us to score 24 points in two events on day one is awesome. He spends a lot of hours at the track with the field event group with all the men’s field events. His efforts are definitely appreciated. I’m also very thankful for the work Brian Carrel has done with our pole vaulters.”


Illinois Vaulter Magazine
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