Jan. 17, 2004
Illinois' men's track and field team won its second consecutive meet Saturday at the Illinois Open at the UI Armory. The Fighting Illini scored 146 points to win, with Illinois State in second with 87 points and Lindenwood taking third with 60 points. The win came in head coach Wayne Angel's home debut.
The Orange and Blue won eleven events, highlighted by senior Peter Knaus, who's 17.92 meter throw in the 35 lb. weight throw broke Rich Baader's 21-year old school record in the event. So impressive was Knaus that he broke the record on four consecutive tosses.
"It was an awesome job," throws coach Michael Giesler said. "His performance was awesome, he's still learning a lot about the event, but he's still young, but I think if he keeps improving like he is, I think he could potentially score for us in the Big Ten meet. He's excited and to me it's an outstanding accomplishment, it's the first year he's thrown the weight, he's a fifth year senior, doing an awesome job."
Sophomore Andre English set a new personal best in the 60m hurdles for the second meet in a row, running 8.07 seconds, the Dayton, Ohio native also won the 200m dash with a time of 22.03 seconds. Freshman Nathan Vadeboncouer was the 400m winner, finishing with a time of 48.86 seconds, while sophomore Jason Bill won the mile run in a time of 4:14.61.
"After coming from Dartmouth in a situation where we were already at an all-time high, I wasn't sure if they were going to keep the intensity, but they did," Angel said. "I was very happy. The words pride, tradition and Illinois, the team grasped that today and that's really important. We're really excited about what's happened today and we hope to continue to carry the excitement and intensity."
Complete results can be found at www.fightingillini.com.