SOUTH BEND, Indiana – The Illinois men’s and women’s track teams wrapped up competition at the Meyo Invitational this weekend with the junior-led Illini Olivia Howel breaking his own school record in the mile as well as several personal bests on Saturday, February 5 at the Loftus Sports Center.

“We started the weekend resting a lot of our hurdles and jumps teams, but what a great weekend,” the head coach said. Mike Turkish. “This team just keeps growing and improving. They work diligently and compete with focus and intensity. Another weekend full of personal bests as a result.”

“The focus of this meet was really set up for our distance team to hit a big track and put in some laps. I can’t say enough how impressed I was with their preparation and execution. We are building a great distance program and culture.”

After setting a new school record in the mile just a week ago at the PNC Lenny Lyles Invitational, Howell broke his own record with a personal best 4.37.11 to win the event. Howell’s time is the second-best time in the Big Ten and the 16th-best time in the nation through the first four weeks of the indoor season.

“Olivia was spectacular today,” added Turk. “In my opinion, it was one of the best races she has run from a focus and tactical standpoint. She ran strong from start to finish and her confidence continues to grow.”

Graduate student Allison McGrath gave the Illini a strong start to the day with a win in the morning 3000m race in a personal best 9:37.89, with a freshman Halle Hill finishing third with a time of 9:40.53.

Graduate student Jon Davis also continued where he left off last week by breaking his indoor personal best in the 800m for the second straight week clocking 1:49.37 to place second.

Junior Tyler Sudduth had another impressive weekend as he recorded the third best throw in program history with a personal best 19.00m to place third in the men’s shot put.

Tyler Sudduth is preparing for a special season and now he’s in the 19m club,” Turk said. “We thought it was coming and now we’ll be looking to keep improving before the Big Ten in a few weeks.

Illini distance runners continued to stay hot as seniors Emma Milburn clocked the third fastest time in program history in the women’s 3000m with a personal best 9:21.37.

The Illini had 18 student-athletes who posted their personal best performances that day.

Illinois Event Champions
3000m women: Allison McGrath // 9:37.89
One thousand women: Olivia Howel // 4:37.11

Personal bests
3000m women

Allison McGrath » 9:37.89

3000m men

Eddie Lennon 8:32.79

Will Giblin » 8:35.39

Logan Room » 8:36.48

Ben Giblin » 8:38.02

Women’s mile

Amalia Malecek 4:56.74

mile men

Will O’Brien » 4:09.54

60m hurdles women

Kenli’s Nettles » 9.09

60m hurdles men

Aiden Ouimet » 8.67

Alexander Babbington » 8.67


Jon Davis » 1:49.37

Men’s shot put

Tyler Sudduth » 19.00m

Will Rezny » 17.68m

Billy Matzek » 17.12m

Women’s mile

Olivia Howel » 4.37.11

3000m women

Emma Milburn » 9:21.37

3000m men

Colin Yandel » 8:09.72

jack robert » 8:10.42

Illinois continues its indoor season next weekend by sending bands to the Husky Classic in Seattle, Washington, and the Indoor Music City Challenge in Nashville, Tennessee, with both meetings taking place February 11-12.

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