Jan. 26, 2008
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Illinois men's track and field team blew out the competition at the Carle/Health Alliance Classic on Saturday at the UI Armory, winning the meet by 74 points and taking 10 event titles. The Illini scored 208 total points, easily defeating Southern Illinois (134), Eastern Illinois (113), Illinois State (78), Lincoln (Mo.) (45) and DePaul (34).
The highlight of the meet was sophomore Dominique Worsley's dominating performance in the sprinting events. Worsley won the 60m in his fastest time of the season (6.78 seconds), also taking the 200m (21.79).
"We were trying to get a number of personal bests and improve as a team, and we did that," head coach Wayne Angel said. "Overall, we had a great day. Next week (at the Husker Invitational) when we put all of our athletes in their best events, we'll be able to figure out what we really have as a team. I'm very proud of what we have accomplished so far."
Senior Trent Hoerr showed no signs of rust in his first track and field competition of the season, taking first in the mile with a personal-best time of 4:13. Sophomore Rob Pykosz also won a distance event, taking the 3,000m in a time of 8:44.13.
Freshman Josh Gist had a breakout performance in the 60m hurdles, winning his first collegiate event with a career-best time of 8.31.
"That first win for Josh was very important for both him and myself to see that he's moving in the right direction," Angel said. "It was quite surprising how much he dropped his time this early in the season."
Illinois dominated the middle distance events again, led by the 600m. Junior Gary Miller won in a time of 1:20.78 and was followed by sophomore Isaiah Robbins in a personal-best time of 1:21.67. Scott Phelps ran a personal-best time of 1:53.61 to take the 800m title, while sophomore Brian Beaird won an event for the third time this season, timing 2:30.62 in the 1000m.
In the field events, junior Andrew Zollner won the pole vault for the second time in as many weeks, with a height of 16 feet, 4 3/4 inches. Freshman Will Schaeffer was impressive in the pole vault as well, vaulting a personal-best 16-0 3/4 to take second. Senior Nick Brown competed for the first time in 2008, taking second in the long jump with a distance of 23-4 3/4 (7.13m).
Masheto did not compete in his signature event, the 400m, but placed fourth in the 200m (22.19). The two-time All-American also competed in the 60m, working to build up his speed for the championship portion on the season.
Other notable Illinois performances include Greg Shroka taking second in the high jump (6-3 1/4), Fred Jackson placing second in the triple jump (46-4) and Gray (49.60) and Jones (49.84) taking third and fourth in the 400m.
Illinois will compete next weekend at the Husker Invitational in Lincoln, Neb. on Friday, Feb. 1 through Saturday, Feb. 2.