Villa Grove runner to join Illini

Villa Grove runner to join Illini

VILLA GROVE – When Jordana Meyer was being recruited by Illinois, there was no need to acquaint the versatile track and field athlete with the Armory.

Jan Meyer had introduced his daughter to UI's indoor track facility long ago.

"When I was little, we always used to go and run at the Armory," Jordana Meyer recalled Tuesday. "That got me hooked."

Hooked on running. And hooked on being an Illini.

This afternoon, the Villa Grove High School senior will hook up officially with the school when she signs a national letter of intent with the UI women's track and field team.

"It's always been my dream to go to Illinois, but I never thought I'd be able to," Meyer said. "I'm very excited."

At the UI, she is projected to contribute in the hurdles, the middle distances and the heptathlon. The latter appears to be a natural fit for Meyer, who has medaled in five events in the Class A state meet the past three years while qualifying in two others.

"She's an ironwoman," Villa Grove coach Sheila Greenwood said. "Through the years, she's done it all for us. We knew we had something special her freshman year when she qualified for state in four events."

Although Meyer has little or no experience in a couple of the heptathlon's seven events, she said she's eager to tackle that role in college.

"I really like doing different events, so that would be perfect," Meyer said. "It would be a lot of work, too, but it would be fun."