Jan. 15, 2009
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Fighting Illini men's track and field team will face some of the toughest competition it will face all season this weekend, traveling to Lexington, Ky. for the Kentucky Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 17. The meet is scheduled for a 9:30 a.m. CT start at Nutter Field House.
Eight SEC teams and a number of other top-tier track and field programs are slated to compete in the meet along with the Illini, including five squads ranked in the USTFCCCA preseason top-25. No. 4 Florida heads the list, along with No. 9 Louisville, No. 11 Kentucky, No. 16 South Carolina and No. 20 Georgia. Live stats for the Kentucky Invitational can be found at http://www.UKathletics.com/track.
"The competition is going to be very tough this weekend in facing eight SEC schools, along with Clemson and Georgia Tech from the ACC," Illini head coach Wayne Angel said. "Our goal will be to use this opportunity to evaluate our level of fitness as well as test our competitive abilities against some of the best athletes in America."
Senior All-American Gakologelwang Masheto will run his customary 400m after competing in the 800m last weekend. Also entered in the 400m is freshman Hendrik Maartens, who will compete individually for the first time as an Illini. Junior Gary Miller will run the 800m for the first time this season, competing in the event along with teammates Brian Beaird, Graham Farnsworth and Scott Phelps. Miller is coming off a first-place finish in the 600m at last weekend's dual meet against Iowa.
Senior Yawusa Kinda, sophomores Dan Jones and Cody Wisslead and freshman Andrew Riley are entered in the 200m, with Riley and Wisslead also set to run the 60m hurdles. Redshirt freshman Stanley Azie will represent the Illini in the 60m.
Next up for the Orange and Blue is their only home indoor meet of the season in hosting the annual Carle/Health Alliance Invitational at the UI Armory on Saturday, Jan. 24 beginning at 9 a.m.