NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Illinois men’s and women’s track and field teams opened competition at the Indoor Music City Challenge at the multi-purpose Vanderbilt facility on Friday (February 11), with the Illini winning a pair of event titles as well than school records set by junior Olivia Howel and graduate student Jon Davis.
“It was a great day for our team,” said the head coach Mike Turkish. “Once again we are seeing improved performance across the board in every area of the event. Of course, performances like that of Olivia Howel and Jon Davis mark the day, but student-athletes like Bret Dannis, Tacorie Humphrey, Brian Keyes, Daniel Mboyo and Tyler Sudduth all progressing well. So many new PRs, it’s hard to keep up!”
For the third week in a row, Howell set a new school record with an installation record and personal best time of 4:33.75 to win the mile event. Howell’s time is the best time in the Big Ten Conference and the third-best time in the nation over five weeks of the indoor season.
Davis joined her with a record performance as he broke his own school record from 2019 with a time of 3:54.59 to place third in the men’s mile event, his time being the fifth fastest this season in the NCAA. . Davis with Ole Miss’s Mario Garcia Romo (3:53.36) and Alabama’s Eliud Kipsang (3:54.36) made history as three middle schoolers ran under 3:55 in a racing for the first time, indoors or outdoors.
“We continue to push the program forward every weekend,” said the assistant distance coach and cross country head coach. Sarah Haveman. “It’s great to see great performances, but even better to see how student-athletes compete and the attitudes they bring to great opportunities. Howell and Davis had many performances on the same day that were very special for our program and today was another one of those days.”
First-year student Tacorie Humphrey continued her strong rookie season by posting the seventh best jump in program history with a personal best 1.78m to win the women’s high jump. Classmate CJ Shoaf then set a personal best 2.02 to finish fourth in the men’s high jump.
Red shirt-junior Brian Keyes shot the sixth-best throw in program history with a personal best 19.10m to place third in the men’s open shot put.
Junior Danni Stoughton then posted a personal best time of 1:34.35 to finish fifth in the women’s 600m.
Illinois Event Champions
Women’s high jump: Tacorie Humphrey // 1.78m
One thousand women: Olivia Howel // 4:33.75
High jump women
Tacorie Humphrey » 1.78m
High jump men
CJ Shoaf » 2.02m
Men’s shot put
Brian Keyes » 19.10m
Women’s long jump
Mia Abraham » 5.47
Men’s long jump
Daniel Mboyo » 7.27
Olivia Howel 4:33.75
Emma Milburn » 4:44.89
Halle Hill » 4:47.82
Jon Davis » 3:54.59
Danni Stoughton » 1:34.35
Abby Lynch » 1:38.48
Robert Williams » 1:20.99
Mia Abraham » 25.31
Bret Dannis » 22.22
Allison McGrath 16:43.56 (inside)
jack robert » 14:23.99
Tyler Cushing » 14:31.06 (inside)
The Indoor Music City Challenge continues on Saturday, February 12 with running events beginning at 9 a.m. CT with the unclassified women’s 3,000m race and field events scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. CT with the throw of the men’s shot put and the women’s pole vault.