Sun, June 8: Kelley places 7th in 100 finals

Sun, June 8: Kelley places 7th in 100 finals

   BLOOMINGTON, Ind.  It seems everywhere Benita Kelley runs these days, Sevatheda Fynes shows up to steal the spotlight.

   As was the case at last month''s Big Ten Conference meet in Champaign, Michigan State''s Fynes fared better than Illinois'' Kelley in the 100-meter dash Saturday.

   Fynes won the final at the NCAA Track and Field Championships in 11.04 seconds. Kelley finished seventh in 11.54 to earn All-America honors.

   "I am proud of the way Benita ran this weekend," UI women''s coach Gary Winckler said. "She ran well in the 200 (Friday) even though she didn''t reach the finals and she gave her all today in the 100."

   Also earning All-American honors for the Illini: Sophomore Stacey Ann Grant, who finished seventh in the high jump with a leap of 5 feet, 111/4 inches. Southern Methodist''s Kajsa Bergquist won at 6-4.

   Last year, Grant was fifth in the high jump.

   "We will be looking for more great things from her over the next two seasons," Winckler said.

   Kelley, participating in her third NCAA Championships, finished second to Fynes in the 100 and 200 at the Big Ten meet.

   It was Kelley''s highest NCAA finish in the 100. She was eighth last year in Eugene, Ore., and was disqualified in 1995 in Knoxville, Tenn.

   Kelley was looking to extend to three the UI''s streak of individual champions in the NCAA Championships.

   Tonya Williams won the 400 hurdles the previous two years.