Sun, May 18: Track notes

Sun, May 18: Track notes

   The University of Illinois enjoyed its final competitive trip around its own track before next weekend''s Big Ten Track and Field Championships.

   The Illini won 12 events and had six athletes provisionally qualify for the NCAA Championship at Saturday''s Strider Classic at the UI Outdoor Track and Field Stadium.

   "This was a good meet to prepare our athletes to host the Big Ten," UI men''s coach Gary Wieneke said.

   Purdue, Bradley and Wisconsin-Parkside competed against the UI men. The UI women faced only Purdue. Among the Illini highlights:

    The women''s 400-meter relay team of Benita Kelley, Lyria Martin, Tisha Ponder and Yvonne Harrison posted a provisional time of 45.19 seconds.

    Kelley was second in the 100 and 200 to former Illini Celena Mondie-Milner. Her 11.53 clocking in the 100 was a provisional time.

    Harrison qualified with a 59.31 in the 400 hurdles, finishing fourth overall and first among collegians. Former Illini and Olympian Tonja Buford-Bailey won the event in a stadium record time of 56.39.

    Ponder won the long jump with an outdoor school-record leap of 20 feet, 9 1/4 inches, breaking the mark of 20-7 3/4 set by Becky Kaiser in 1982.

    Freshman Tunde Ridley qualified provisionally in the long jump, winning in 25-6 1/4.

    Stacy Ann Grant won the high jump at 5-10 3/4.

   "Our relay squads ran well today, along with Benita in the 100 and Tisha and Stacy in the jumps," UI women''s coach Gary Winkler said.

Men at Clemson.

   Dorian Green and Chris Jones finished 1-2 in the 400 at Saturday''s Orange and Purple Classic in Clemson, S.C. Green, who posted a provisional qualifying time of 46.32 in the 400, also finished fourth in the 200.

   Matt Klima was seventh in the 400 hurdles.

Ticket information.

   Tickets for next weekend''s Big Ten men''s and women''s meet at the UI are on sale in Room 100 at the Assembly Hall or by calling 333-3470.

   All sessions are $10 for adults and $6 for students. Single-day tickets will be available at the gate.

   The meet begins with the decathlon and pentathlon at 1:30 p.m. Friday. A majority of the finals take place Sunday.

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