Jan. 31, 2004
Illinois' men's track team continued its winning ways Saturday at the Illinois Invitational held at the UI Armory, winning 10 of 16 events to pile up 217 points. The second place team, Western Michigan tallied 108 points, followed by Eastern Illinois with 88, Southeast Missouri State with 43 and Southwest Missouri State with 23.
"The intensity was off the charts today, from finishing first, second and third in the 800m to the 400m performance and the field events," Angel said. "The guys were doing their thing. They were focused, intense and highly motivated."
Sophomore Andre English starred again for the Orange and Blue, winning the 200m and the 60m hurdles, finishing the latter in a personal best, 8.03 seconds, the third time this season, he has set a new high mark. In addition to English, the Illini dominated the 800m, sweeping the top-three spots, as sophomore Tramell Smith was first, freshman Zach Glavash second, and junior Tim Hobbs third.
Freshman Nathan Vadeboncouer took top honors in the 400m, running 48.23, while Aaron King and Jeremy Kruidenier went 1-2 in the 600m. Illinois swept the relays, winning the distance medley and the 4x400m.
"We were very aggressive today, playing well from top to bottom," Angel said. "We had personal bests, and I'm just tickled to death about this team."
In the field, senior Peter Knaus broke the school record in the 35-pound weight throw for the second time this season. The senior from Joliet, Ill., threw 59'08.25", eclipsing his old mark of 58'09.50". Joining him in the victory circle were Charley Kurlinkus, whose effort of 6'09.50", was enough for the win in high jump and junior Josh Fournier who won the long jump with a leap of 23'00.75". Fournier also showed off his versatility, placing second in the 60m dash, with a time of 6.97 seconds.
"We've blown the competition out the door, so I don't know how good this team really is. Next week will be a better test for us," Angel continued. "Overall, I'm feeling good about the performance, the athletes and where this program is headed."
Full results can be found on the men's track schedule page of www.fightingillini.com.
Illinois' next meet is Feb. 7 when the Illini host the Carle/Health Alliance Classic at the UI Armory. Competition is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.