Pictures from day one of the 2013 Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
Cross Country 2011 XC - SENIOR
Competed in his first NCAA Championships, finishing first for the Illini and 126th overall with a 10K time of 31.00.30... Automatically qualified for the national meet by leading Illinois and finishing 12th overall with a 10K time of 31:34.79 at the NCAA Midwest Regional ... Finished 30th overall and took second for Illinois at the Big Ten Championships with an 8K time of 24:32 ... Placed second for the Illini and 82nd overall at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational with an 8K time of 24:43.
2010 XC - JUNIOR
Led the Orange and Blue at the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships, placing 17th overall with a personal-best 10K time of 30:22... Paced the Illini for the first time in his career at the Big Ten Championships, finishing 20th overall with a personal-best 8K time of 24:17... Placed fourth for the Illini at Pre-Nationals, finishing 102nd overall in 24:56 ... Ran a personal-best 8K time of 24:42 at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational, placing fourth for Illinois and 73rd overall ... Finished sixth overall and third for the Illini at the Illinois Intercollegiate with an 8K time of 25:00.
2009 XC - SOPHOMORE
Placed second for the Orange and Blue and 57th overall at the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships with a 10K time of 32:40 ... Competed at the Big Ten Championships, finishing third for the Illini and 31st overall ... Made season debut at the Wisconsin Inter-Regional, placing second for the Illini and 38th overall with a personal-best 8K time of 24:55 ... Finished fifth for Illinois at Pre-Nationals with an 8K time of 25:33 ... Scored for the Illini at all four meets he ran.
2008 XC - FRESHMAN
Finished first for Illinois at the Sean Earl Invitational, running the 8K in 25:02 ... Finished second overall at the Illini Challenge and fourth for the Orange and Blue at the Illinois Intercollegiate Championships.
2013 Track and Field Outdoor: Qualified for the NCAA West Preliminary Round of Championships in the 10,000m ... Finished a career-best third at the Big Ten Championships in the 10,000m, setting a new lifetime best time of 29:28.41 ... Finished second in the 5,000m at the Auburn Tiger Classic with a season best time of 14:08.53.
Indoor: Ran the 5,000m at the Big Ten Championships, finishing 16th with a time of 14:23.17 ... Competed in the 5K at the UW Husky Classic.
2012 Track and Field Outdoor:Was one of six distance runners to qualify for NCAA West Preliminary Round ... Scored points for the Illini at the Big Ten meet, placing sixth in the 10,000m and setting a personal-best time of 29:29.27 ... Also ran the 5,000m at Mt. SAC Relays finishing with a time of 14:10.76 and ran the 3,000m at the SEC/Big Ten Challenge.
Indoor: Recorded a personal best in the 3,000m with a time of 8:13.51 at the Mark Colligan Memorial placing third ... Placed first at the Illini Classic running a time of 8:26.72 ... Ran a 14:03.16 at the Husky Invitational for a new personal best in the 5,000m.
2011 Track and Field Outdoor: Participated in the 1,500m, 3,000m, 5,000m, and 10,000m...Placed second in the 5,000m at Sea Ray Relays with 14:29.82, giving him a personal-best...Placed fifth at Tom Botts Invitational in the 1,500m with 3:55.07 giving him another personal-best...Participated in the 4,000m distance medley relay at Drake Relays
2010 Track and Field
Did not compete.
2009 Track and Field Outdoor: Placed 19th in the 10,000m at the Big Ten Championships, timing 32:07.57 ... Competed in the 5,000m at two meets during the outdoor season ... Ran outdoor personal-best 14:34.77 at the Jesse Owens Classic ... Took fourth place in the 5,000m at the Stan Lyons Invitational.
Indoor: Competed in the 3,000m at three indoor meets ... Placed first in the 3,000m at the EIU Friday Night Special, after running an indoor personal-best 8:28.22 ... Took third place at the Carle/Health Alliance Invitational ... Competed in the 5,000m at the Iowa State Classic, finishing 21st with a time of 14:41.00.
Took sixth individually at the 2007 Nike Team Nationals to help Neuqua Valley to the national team title ... Placed eighth in the 1600m at the 2008 Illinois AA State Track and Field Championships, earning All-State honors ... Helped Neuqua Valley to the 2007 Illinois 3A team cross country title ... Took 20th at the 2006 Illinois AA State Cross Country Championships.
Full name is James Robert Riddle ... Born June 9, 1990 ... Parents are Charles and Suzanne Riddle ... Has two older brothers, Steve and John ... Hobbies include waterskiing and ultimate Frisbee ... Majoring in engineering.
Riddle's Personal Bests
6K: 18:47 - Illini Challenge (8/29/08)
8K: 24:17 - Big Ten Championships (10/31/10)
10K: 30:22 - NCAA Midwest Regional Championships (11/13/10)
Track & Field Outdoor
1,500m: 3:55.07 - Tom Botts Invitational (4/9/11)
3,000m: 8:37.20 - SEC/Big Ten Challenge (3/26/11)
5,000m: 14:20.27 - Drake Relays (4/28/11)
10,000m: 29:28.41 - Big Ten Championships (5/10/13)
3,000m: 8:13.51 - Mark Colligan Memorial (1/28/12)
5,000m: 14:03.16 - Husky Invitational (2/10/12)