Richartz sets mark for third

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Illinois freshman Stephanie Richartz broke her own school record in the pole vault Friday while placing third at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships women's track and field meet.

Richartz cleared 13 feet, 3 3/4 inches to eclipse her previous mark of 13-1 3/4. The Mundelein Carmel graduate also holds the UI indoor record for the pole vault, setting that at the conference meet as well.

After four events of the heptathlon, Illini senior Kelly Washington was in fourth place with 3,156 points.

Washington started the meet with a personal-best time in the 100-meter hurdles (14.17 seconds) and ended her day by clocking the fastest time in the 200 meters (personal-best 24.87). Her mark in the high jump (5-4 1/2) matched a personal record.

UI senior Elizabeth Boyle placed eighth in the 10,000 meters (35:38.38)

In men's track & field:

Bane third in vault. Illini freshman Matthew Bane, the reigning Big Ten indoor champion in the pole vault, tied for third in the conference outdoor meet at Iowa City, Iowa. Bane cleared 16 feet, 2 3/4 inches.

In the 10,000 meters, Illinois junior Colin Mickow finished eighth (29:48.51).

UI senior Matt McHugh advanced to the hammer throw final but fell one spot short of scoring by placing ninth.

In softball:

Illinois 2, Minnesota 0. Meredith Hackett broke a scoreless tie in the ninth inning with an RBI double and Pepper Gay pitched her fourth shutout of the season to lead the Illini to a Big Ten road victory.

Danielle Zymkowitz started Illinois' winning rally with a one-out walk. Hollie Pinchback followed with a single before Hackett doubled down the left field line. Jessica Davis then delivered the UI's third straight hit, a single, to drive in Pinchback.

Gay pitched a three-hitter and worked around eight walks by striking out nine.

In baseball:

Purdue 3, Illinois 1. The Illini stranded 11 base runners in dropping the opener of a Big Ten series at West Lafayette, Ind. Illinois outhit the Boilermakers 9-8 but was unable to capitalize against starter Matt Morgan (5-2) and two relievers.

Kevin Johnson (2-6), who limited Purdue to two earned runs in seven innings, took the loss.

Pete Cappetta and Matt Dittman had two hits apiece for Illinois, while Davis Hendrickson drove in the team's lone run with a sixth-inning single to cut Purdue's lead to 2-1.

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