Illinois nabs versatility
CHAMPAIGN – Villa Grove's Jordana Meyer isn't the only multi-event standout heading to the University of Illinois next school year.
Coach Gary Winckler announced Thursday that two other versatile recruits have signed letters of intent with his Illini women's track and field program.
Camee Williams of Springfield, Ohio, and Laura Aschoff of Ankeny, Iowa, will be joining Meyer, who announced last week she had signed with the UI.
"We really tried to focus on recruiting multi-event performers this year since we will lose senior Nora Weber," Winckler said. "These three signees will help make up for her departure and will be great additions to this team on and off the track."
Williams was the 1997 National Scholastic indoor champion in the pentathlon and has earned outdoor All-America honors in the high jump, long jump and 100-meter hurdles.
A two-time state champion in the long and high jumps, Williams became only the second female in Ohio track and field history to jump better than 20 feet in the long jump when she sailed 20-1 3/4 in 1996.
Aschoff is a two-time state champion in the long jump and anchored Ankeny High School's state champion 4x100-meter relay team in a record time of 48.6 seconds. She also won 1996 state titles in the 100 and 200.
The same year, Aschoff was named the Drake Relays Outstanding High School Female Athlete after winning the long jump and 100. She is a two-time Drake Relays 100-meter prep champion and in 1997 anchored the winning 4x100 relay team in the meet.
Meyer is a five-time state place-winner and a three-time All-State selection. She holds 11 track records at Villa Grove High School.