Senior Andrew Riley set an NCAA automatic qualifying time in 60m hurdles and broke the school record in the 60m at the Tyson Invitational.
Feb. 10, 2012
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.- Senior Andrew Riley clocked an NCAA automatic qualifying time (7.69) in the prelims of the 60m hurdles and set an Illinois school record in the 60m (6.68) at the Tyson Invitational on Friday. Riley is joined by senior Cody Wisslead(7.94) in the finals of the hurdles tomorrow night. Riley, the Kingston, Jamaica, native highlighted Friday's action at the Randal Tyson Track Center and earned a trip to the NCAA Indoor Championships with the auto mark, where he will attempt to earn All-American honors for the fourth year in a row.
"We had a really good day," head coach Mike Turk said. "Our upperclassmen led the way and set the tone for everyone else. Riley broke the 60m record in the prelims for the third time this year. Stanley Azieand Cody also ran very well, both setting new personal records. Our young guys also showed well. "
Riley set the automatic qualifying time in the prelims of the hurdle race and advanced to the semifinals where he set a time of 7.70 to advance. Wisslead notched a time of 8.06 in the prelims of the event and set a time of 7.94 in the semifinals, the fourth fastest time in school history, to advance to the finals tomorrow.
In the 60m, Riley set a new school record for the third time this year with a time of 6.68 in the prelims. All-American Stanley Azieadvanced to the semifinals of the event, recording a time of 6.75, moving him to sixth fastest in school history. The Bolingbrook, Ill., native took seventh place in the finals with a time of 6.85.
A full list of Illini results from Friday can be found below. The Tyson Invitational will wrap up on Saturday, with field events at 10 a.m. and running events at 10:30 a.m. Full results and a recap of the meet can be found on fightingillini.com after the meet while fans can follow the action with live results, a live blog and live stream (fee required) on ArkansasRazorbacks.com.
Illinois Friday Results at the Tyson Invitational
A = NCAA Indoor Championships automatic qualifying mark
*Illinois school record
7. Stanley Azie, 6.85
23. Gary Ford, 17-4 (5.28m)