Former Illini hurdler makes second Jamaican team
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Recap of Illini at the London 2012 Olympics
Four-time NCAA Champion (100m - 2012, 110m Hurdles - 2x & 60m Hurdles - 2011)
12-time All-American (60m - 2012, 60m Hurdles - 4x, 100m - 2012, 110m Hurdles - 4x, 4x100m relay - 2x)
12-time Big Ten Champion (60m, 60m Hurdles - 4x, 100m-2x, 110m Hurdles - 3x, 4x100m relay - 2x)
Two-time Dike Eddleman Award Winner
USTFCCCA National Track Athlete of the Year
USTFCCCA Midwest Region Athlete of the Year
2012 Big Ten Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year/Athlete of the Championships
2010 Big Ten Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year
2009 Big Ten Indoor Freshman of the Year
Holds five school records (60m, 60m hurdles, 100m, 110m hurdles, 4x100m relay)
2012 Track and Field
Outdoor: Qualified for the 2012 London Olympics, making Team Jamaica in the 110m hurdles ... Made NCAA history, becoming the first male athlete to win national titles in 100m and 110m hurdles during the same year ... First Illini male athlete to win two national titles in the same year under the current NCAA sanctioned events ... Garnered four national titles in career, tying Charleton Ehizuelen and Herb McKenley as the most ever in program history ... Broke the 18-year old school record in the 100m at the NCAA West Preliminary Quarterfinal with a time of 10.03, then re-broke the record a few weeks later at the NCAA Championships semifinal with a time of 10.02 ... Was named the UI Dike Eddleman Athlete of the Year, for the second consecutive year, becoming the 15th track and field athlete to earn the laurel in school history ... Named USTFCCCA National Track Athlete of the Year ... Earned USTFCCCA Midwest Region Athlete of the Year ... Won Big Ten individual titles in the 100m and 110m hurdles and led off the Big Ten Champion 4x100m relay team ... Named Big Ten Track Athlete of the Year and of the Championships ... Won his first Penn Relays 110m hurdles title ... Broke his 110m hurdles school record at the John McDonnell Invitational, with a time of 13.28, which at the time was the second fastest time in the world.
Indoor: Placed second in the 60m at the NCAA Championships and set a school record time of 6.57 and finished fourth in the 60m hurdles (7.58) at the NCAA Championships ... Qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships in both the 60m and 60m hurdles ... Set a new school record in the 60m at the Big Ten Championships with a time of 6.62 and in the 60m hurdles at the Tyson Invitational with a time of 7.53 ... Captured the Big Ten title in the 60m hurdles for the fourth year in a row, doing so at the new Big Ten member Nebraska's home track ... Won his first Big Ten title in the 60m with a record setting time of 6.62 ...Was named Big Ten Athlete of the Week after his record breaking race at the Tyson Invitational ... Garnered First-Team All-Big Ten honors ... Placed first in every 60m and 60m hurdle race he participated in during the regular season.
2011 Track and Field
Outdoor: Advanced to the semifinal of the 110m hurdles at the World Championships in Daegu and placed 14th over in the event ... Won the Jamaican National Title in the 110m hurdles to earn a spot on the Jamaican Team at the World Championships ... Was named the UI Dike Eddleman Athlete of the Year, becoming the 14th track and field athlete to earn the laurel in school history ... Led off the 4x100m relay team at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, which placed third and earned first-team USTFCCCA All-America honors ... Also ran the lead leg on the relay during the NCAA semifinal, where the team timed 38.72 to break the Big Ten and school record ... Just missed a repeat NCAA title in the 110m hurdles, placing second in 13.33 behind LSU's Barrett Nugent (13.28) ... Broke his own school record in the 110m hurdles at the NCAA West Prelims with 13.32 ... Repeated as the Big Ten Champion in the 100m hurdles and led off the Big Ten Champion 4x100m relay at the conference championship ... Also scored points in the 100m at Big Tens with a personal-best time of 10.40 ... Part of the Drake Champion 4x100m relay ... Named Track Athlete of the Meet at the Sea Ray Relays after winning the 110m hurdles and 4x200m relay and leading off the runner-up 4x100m relay.
Indoor: Won his second NCAA title in the 60m hurdles at the NCAA Indoor Championships, capping off an undefeated season in the event and earning him USTFCCCA first-team All-America honors ... Captured the Big Ten title in the 60m hurdles for the third year in a row, doing so in front of the home crowd at the UI Armory ... Timed a personal-best 7.58 in the NCAA final, which ranked as the fastest in the NCAA that year, broke his own school record and reset the facility record at Texas A&M's Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium ... Scored all 10 team points for the Illini, who tied for 22nd at nationals, the highest indoor finish by an Illinois squad since 1998 (17th) ... Became one of three Illini to win both an indoor and outdoor national title ... Notched the eighth NCAA indoor title in school history.
2010 Track and Field
Outdoor: Capped off an outstanding sophomore season by winning the 110m hurdles national title at the NCAA Championships ... Clocked a personal-best and school-record time of 13.45 to earn the crown in front of nearly 13,000 fans at a sold-out Hayward Field, giving Illinois its first NCAA champion since 1996 when Marko Koers took home the 1,500m title ... Also competed in the 4x100m relay at the NCAA Championships ... Big Ten Track Athlete of the Year ... Was also named Track Athlete of the Big Ten Championships after taking the top spot in the 100m dash (10.54) and the 110m hurdles (14.18) at the conference meet while also leading off the runner-up 4x100m relay (40.26) ... After false starting in the 110m hurdles at the Pepsi Invitational, he won the 60m hurdles title at every meet, including becoming a Drake champion with his victory at the Drake Relays ... Led off the 4x100m relay that timed the fourth-fastest mark in school history of 39.76 in its third-place finish at the Drake Relays ... Named Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week (April 21) following his victory and then-school record of 13.53 in the 110m hurdles at the LSU Alumni Gold Invitational ... Academic All-Big Ten.
Indoor: Earned All-America honors in the 60m hurdles for the second straight year at the NCAA Indoor Championships after placing fifth in the event final with a time of 7.65 at Arkansas' Randal Tyson Track Center to become Illinois' first-ever multiple All-American in the hurdles ... Broke his own school record in the 60m hurdles during prelims of the NCAA Championships with a personal-best time of 7.61 ... Repeated as the Big Ten indoor 60m hurdles champion with a time of 7.81, was the runner-up in the 60m dash and placed sixth in the long jump with a mark of 23-0 ½ (7.02m) at the Big Ten Championships while scoring 21 of Illinois' 40 points ... Dropped his hurdles time in six consecutive meets, running 8.37 in his first meet with the Illini and eventually nothing an automatic qualifying mark in the event at the Iowa State NCAA Qualifier with a time of 7.65 ... Won the 60m hurdles title at five of six meets while also placing sixth at the Tyson Invitational against some of the nation's best ... Won the long jump at the Carle/Health Alliance Classic with a personal-best leap of 23-3 ¼ (7.09m) ... Took third in his only high jump event of the season at the Illinois Intercollegiate with a mark of 6-8 ¼ (2.04m).
2009 Track & Field
Outdoor: Garnered his second career All-America honors after finishing fifth in the 110m hurdles at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, timing 13.83 ... Posted a season-best time of 13.61 in the 110m hurdles from the Drake Relays, which earned him Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week honors on April 29 ... Placed second in the 110m hurdles at the NCAA Mideast Regional Championships to automatically qualify for nationals ... Led off the 4x100m relay that finished second at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships along with placing fourth in the 110m hurdles at the conference meet ... Also competed in the sprints and high jump this season ... Named team Overall Outstanding Newcomer and University of Illinois Male Newcomer of the Year ... Competed in the 110m hurdles at the Jamaica National Championships, advancing to the final and finishing fifth.
Indoor: Earned his first All-America honors after placing sixth at the NCAA Indoor Championships with a time of 7.87 ... First Illini indoor All-American in the hurdles since Elbert Turner in 1990 ... Won the 60m hurdles title at the Big Ten Indoor Championships, with a season-best time of 7.72 ... Named Big Ten Indoor Freshman of the Year ... Dropped his hurdles time in five consecutive meets, running 8.38 in his first meet with the Illini and eventually setting the then-school record in the event (7.72) ... Also competed in the high jump for Illinois ... Didn't arrive on Illinois campus from Jamaica until January.
Three-time Jamaican Junior National Champion, winning two heptathlon titles and one high jump title ... Silver medalist in the heptathlon at the 2007 Carifta Games in Turks & Caicos, British West Indies ... Attended Calabar High School, the same high school as Illini legend Herb McKenley.
Born Sept. 6, 1988, in St. Thomas, Jamaica ... Son of Keith Riley and Geneva Webb ... Has three siblings, Lesha, Adrian and Tricia-Kay ... Majoring in finance.
Riley's Personal Bests
110m Hurdles: 13.28 - John McDonnell Invite (4/21/12)*
100m: 10.02 - NCAA Champsionships (6/6/12)*
High Jump: 6-10 ¾ (2.10m) - Big Ten Championships (5/16/09)
60m Hurdles: 7.53 - Tyson Invitational (2/10/12)*
60m: 6.62 - Big Ten Championships (2/25/12)*
Long Jump: 23-3 ¼ (7.09m) - Carle/Health Alliance Classic (1/23/10)
High Jump: 6-8 ¼ (2.04m) - Illinois Intercollegiate (1/30/10)
Updated August 2012