Illini breaks record
DES MOINES, Iowa – The finals in the 100-meter hurdles aren't until today, but Perdita Felicien had reason to celebrate at Friday's Drake Relays.
The Illinois sophomore broke a meet record with a qualifying run of 12.92 seconds, the fastest time in the world this year.
"I feel since I'm only 20, this shouldn't be happening to me so quickly," Felicien said. "I thought maybe I'd start working toward that when I'm 25 or 26. To be one of the fastest in the world now is overwhelming."
Felicien broke the meet record of 13:08 that LSU's Tananjalyn Stanley set in 1989. She also topped the year's best mark of 12.94 recorded by Jamaica's Dion Rose on April 7.
"I was thrilled when I looked up at the scoreboard and saw the time," Felicien said. "The crowd really got behind me and cheered me on, and I think that helped me. The atmosphere here is great."
Felicien is one of three Illini to advance to today's finals. Freshman Susanna Kallur won her heat in a NCAA qualifying time of 13.33. Her sister, freshman Jenny Kallur, was second in her heat at 13.77.