Feb. 7, 2004
Illinois' men's track and field team completed a sweep of its home indoor meets with a win at the Carle/health Alliance Invitational Saturday at the UI Armory. The Illini racked up 175.5 points to defeat perennial ACC powerhouse Clemson, California, Illinois State and Western Illinois. The Tigers were second with 168.5 points. The victory was a team effort from the No. 9 Orange and Blue, as they finished with eight victories and 16 top-three finishes. Illinois is ranked in the dual meet rankings released by www.team-power.org.
"What I'm most happy about is beating an ACC team like Clemson, who will probably be the ACC Champions," head coach Wayne Angel said. "We're ranked ninth nationally in the dual meet rankings and we wanted to prove to ourselves that we belonged that high, and I think this Clemson win legitimized us."
Smith ran the fastest 600m time in the Big Ten this season, finishing in 1:17.97 and Glavash clocked the second fastest, coming in second at 1:18.01, those times also set personal bests for the two. In the 400m, Walker placed first in a race where a collision knocked an entire heat of runners out of contention.
Walker, Smith and Glavash teamed with sophomore Abe Jones to seal the victory for the Illini, winning the 4x400m relay in 3:13.67.
"Going into the mile relay, I told the team we needed to win the race to win the meet and they came out and won it, " Angel said. "They showed the level of commitment and pride that they have in the Illinois tradition and in this program and this team."
Bill and Houseworth claimed the top two spots in the 3,000m run and the mile, with Bill winning the 3,000m and Houseworth claiming the mile title. In the mile race, Bill fell with only a couple of laps remaining, but made an amazing recovery to get himself back to the front of the pack.
Angel continued, "Today was a total team effort. When Jason and Andre (English) fell in their races, we lost possible points, but other guys stepped up and scored, we left nobody behind."
Fournier, who ran 6.89s in the 60m dash and scored in the triple jump, won the long jump with a leap of 24'03.50", while Disilvestro, the Big Ten's top pole vaulter, continued his outstanding indoor season, had a vault of 16'02.50" to win place first in the team competition, finishing behind Illini Adam Pierson, who was competing unattached, won the event with a career best vault of 16'07.25".
Complete meet results can be found on www.fightingillini.com.
Illinois is back in action next weekend at the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark.