McAsey cruises in 600 meters
LINCOLN, Neb. — Illinois’ Joe McAsey captured the invitational portion of the 600 meters and recorded the eighth-fastest time in school history Saturday at the Husker Invitational.
McAsey’s personal-best time of 1 minute, 18.28 seconds is the second fastest in the Big Ten this season.
Jannis Toepfer won the 3,000 in 8:10.67, and Jordan Hebert had a personal best of 8:14.66 to finish third.
“We’re starting to come together,” UI coach Mike Turk said. “We still have a (ways) to go and we’re not quite where we want to be, but we had some breakthrough performances this weekend. We’re slowly coming together as a team, and the performances are getting better.”
In women’s track & field:
Falsey shows way. Illinois’ Colette Falsey placed third in the unseeded 3,000-meter run, finishing in 9:53.02 at the Notre Dame Meyo Invitational at South Bend, Ind.
Jesica Ejesieme earned third in the 60 hurdles, clocking 8.51 seconds.
Ahlivia Spencer was third in the 800, finishing in 2:08.88.
“This weekend went well,” UI assistant coach Tim Vaught said. “This was a great meet for us. We had a lot of personal bests and season-best marks. Jesica Ejesieme had a season best in the 60-meter hurdles.”
Spencer’s performance impressed Vaught.
“Ahlivia did very, very well,” he said. “She got off to a good start and then got a strong kick at the end. For her to open up with that time in her first 800-meter race of the season is very good. We’re looking for big things from her.”
Team remains perfect. Shelese Arnold allowed one hit over the final five innings in relief, and Alex Booker and Nicole Evans homered, leading Illinois to a 5-3 victory against IUPUI in Rosemont.
Booker and Sanchez each went 2 for 3 for the Illini (4-0).
“It’s good to see our team winning in different ways,” UI coach Terri Sullivan said. “(Friday), we showed our teeth; (Saturday), we showed our will.”
Earlier Saturday, senior Jenna Mychko hit a bases-loaded double in the bottom of the eighth inning to give the Illini a 4-2 walkoff victory against Eastern Illinois.
Mychko went 2 for 2 with two RBI against EIU. Outfielders Alex Booker and Nicole Evans each had an RBI and a run.
EIU second baseman Carly Willert went 3 for 4 and was a home run shy of hitting for the cycle.
In women’s tennis:
Sooners too much. UI freshmen Alexis Casati and Louise Kwong posted singles victories, but the visiting Illini lost 5-2 to No. 28 Oklahoma.
“Oklahoma has an athletic team, and I doubt they will lose many doubles points this season,” UI coach Michelle Dasso said. “Alexis and Louise stayed in the present, mentally finishing off their matches, which is great to see from your freshmen.“