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CHAMPAIGN (EIU) — The Eastern Illinois Men's and women's indoor track and field teams displayed a strong showing at the Illinois Classic this weekend. The Panthers earned nine top-three finishes on the day with four first-place finishes.

The EIU men finished the Illinois Classic third overall, while the women placed fourth.

In the field events, Haleigh Knapp earned her fourth consecutive first-place finish in the high jump this season. Knapp broke the EIU high jump record once again this season with her height of 6-00.50. Knapp currently still sits first in the OVC with her height and fourth in the NCAA.

Brion Portis also earned a first-place finish in the field events with her distance of 38-11.75 in the triple jump.

Shirley Jones kicked off the track events for the Panther women crossing the line first at 55.98 in the 400-meter dash. Jones' time moved her into the third spot in the OVC for the event.

Darneisha Spann earned second-place honors in the 60-meter hurdles with her time of 8.64.

The top finisher for the men was Chrisford Stevens, who earned first-place honors with his distance of 48-02.75 in the triple jump. Stevens' distance earned him the second spot in the OVC in the men's triple jump.

Ryan Pearce earned a second-place finish in the shot put with his throws distance of 53-00.00.

Brandan Lane earned finished top three in two of his events. In the 60-meter dash, Lane crossed the line third at 6.87 and also in the 200-meter dash at 22.24.

Davion McManis earned third-place honors in the long jump with his distance of 23-08.25.

The EIU men's and women's indoor track and field teams return to action Feb. 2-3 where they will compete in the Notre Dame Meyo Invite.

EIU women's tennis falls at Notre Dame, Ball State

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (EIU) – Eastern Illinois women’s tennis opened its weekend swing through the Hoosier State with a Saturday afternoon loss at Notre Dame. EIU lost 7-0 to Notre Dame.

EIU won at No. 1 doubles with the team of Grace Summers and Stella Cliffe knocking off Brooke Broda and Allison Miller by a score of 6-4. It marks the second straight match that Summers and Cliffe have won at No. 1 doubles. Last Sunday at Illinois, Summers and Cliffe won their match over the Fighting Illini’s No. 1 doubles team that was ranked No. 45 in the nation. Notre Dame won at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles to secure the point.

Eastern Illinois women’s tennis faced Ball State in a doubleheader on Sunday afternoon with the Panthers losing a pair of tightly contested matches. Ball State won the first match 4-3 and then the second match 4-2 with the final point unfinished following the Cardinals win.

EIU falls to 0-5 on the year and will host Western Illinois on Saturday at the Danville Tennis Center. Ball State improved to 3-1 on the year.

Stella Cliffe won both of her matches playing for the Panthers at No. 2 singles. She faced Sarah Swiderski in both matches winning the first match by a score of 6-3, 6-0. Cliffe won the second match over Swiderski by a score of 6-3, 6-0.

Rachel Papavasilopoulos and Grace Summers won at No. 1 and No. 3 singles for the Panthers in the first match of the day. Papavasilopoulos defeated Lilya Hadab by a score of 7-6 (7), 6-3. Summers won her match over Audrey Berger by a score of 7-6 (7), 6-4.

Emily Pugachevsky won the other point of the day for EIU playing at No. 6 singles in the second contest. Pugachevsky beat Julie Sbirrea, 6-4, 6-2, playing at No. 6 singles.


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