Photos of the Illinois men's track & field team competing at the EIU Big Blue Classic on April 3-4, 2015.
2014 Track and Field Outdoor: Placed seventh in the decathlon with the third-highest point total in school history (6,779 pts) at the Big Ten Championships to score points for the Illini ... Competed in the decathlon at the Drake Relays ... Also competed in the javelin, shot put, discus, high jump and long jump outside of the decathlon ... Academic All-Big Ten ... USTFCCCA All-Academic.
Indoor: Competed in the heptathlon at two meets ... Placed second in the heptathlon at the Rod McCravy Memorial ... Placed fourth in the heptathlon at the Husker Invitational with the fifth-best performance in school history ... Also competed in the 60m, 60m hurdles, pole vault, long jump, high jump and shot put outside of the heptathlon.
2011 World Youth Trials octathlon champion ... 2010 Youth National decathlon champion ... 2012 USATF Junior Olympics decathlon runner up ... Earned Sangamon Valley All-Conference honors in 2012 ... Earned seven varsity letters, four in track and field and 3 in cross country.
Full name is George James Wayda ... Born July 9, 1994 ... Son of Brian Wayda and Yvonne Cosentino ... Has one brother, Jacob ... Enjoys rock climbing and hanging out with friends ... Sarah Ulsaker influenced his athletic career the most because she was always there for me during the good times and bad ... 2012 Sangamon Conference All-Academic team ... Majoring in political science.
Wayda's Personal Bests Track Outdoor
Decathlon: 6,779 pts - Big Ten Championships (5/17/14)
100m (dec.) - 11.75 - Drake Relays (4/25/14)
400m (dec.) - 53.17 - Big Ten Championships (5/17/14)
1,500m (dec.) - 4:52.40 - Big Ten Championships (5/17/14)
110m H (dec.) - 15.58 - Big Ten Championships (5/17/14)
High Jump (dec.) - 6-0 ¾ (1.85m) - Big Ten Championships (5/17/14)
Pole Vault (dec.) - (4.60m) - Drake Relays (4/25/14)
Long Jump (dec.) - 21-2 ½ (6.46m) - Big Ten Championships (5/16/14)
Shot put (dec.) - 40-5 (12.32m) - Big Ten Championships (5/16/14)
Discus (dec.) - 126-8 (38.60m) - Big Ten Championships (5/17/14)
Javelin (dec.) - 181-11 (55.45m) - Big Ten Championships (5/17/14)
60m H: 8.58 - Illini Classic (1/18/14)
High jump: 6-2 ¾ (1.90m) - Illini Open (1/11/14)
Long jump: 20-9 ¼ (6.33m) - Spire Invitational (2/14/14)
Pole vault: 13-7 ¼ (4.15m) - Illini Open (1/11/14)
Shot put: 42-8 ¼ (13.01m) - Illini Classic (1/18/14)
Heptathlon: 5,064 pts - Husker Invitational (2/8/14)
60m (Hept.): 7.46 - Rod McCravy Memorial (1/24/14)
Long Jump (Hept.): 20-8 ½ (6.31m) - Husker Invitational (2/7/14)
Shot Put (Hept.): 42-3 ½ (13.14m) - Husker Invitational (2/7/14)
High Jump (Hept.): 6-2 (1.88m) - Husker Invitational (2/7/14)
60m H (Hept.): 8.60 - Rod McCravy Memorial (1/25/14)
Pole Vault (Hept.): 14-9 (4.50m) - Husker Invitational (2/8/14)
1,000m (Hept.): 2:51.07 - Husker Invitational (2/8/14)