Freshman Cody Klein won the college section of the pole vault with a PR mark of 16-6 ¾ (5.05m).
Feb. 12, 2011
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - On Saturday at the Randal Tyson Track Center, the Illinois men's track and field squad wrapped up competition at the Tyson Invitational, as the pole vault crew excelled with several solid performances. In the pole vault invitational, freshman Matthew Bane matched his personal best with a height of 17-0 ¾ (5.20m) and finished fourth overall. Fellow freshman Cody Klein won the college section of the pole vault with a personal-best mark of 16-6 ¾ (5.05m) while junior Alex Baldwin and freshman Joshua Hodur placed seventh and eighth, respectively, at 15-7 (4.75m).
"I was really pleased with the performances by our pole vault crew today," interim head coach Mike Turk said. "Matt jumped at his PR and had great attempts at the next height. His consistency has been excellent. Cody has been making great strides and really stepped up today. Josh and Alex both jumped well too."
Illinois' distance medley relay earned a runner-up finish with a time of 9:49.31. Junior Graham Farnsworth led off with a 1,200m time of 2:58.76 before handing off to freshman Zebo Zebe, who timed 50.96 on the 400m leg. Sophomore Ryan Lynn then clocked an 800m mark of 1:52.59 while sophomore Kyle Engnell wrapped up the race with a 1,600m time of 4:07.02 on the anchor leg.
"Our DMR turned in a fine performance as well," Turk said. "We had to shuffle the lineup a bit, but they put together a solid race."
All three Illini distance runners turned in top-five finishes in their respective 3,000m races. Sophomore Nathan Bohne ran a personal best by nearly 14 seconds and finished fourth in the invitational section with a time of 8:14.73 while junior Dan Kremske followed in fifth place with a time of 8:15.80. Junior Chris DeSilva turned in an eight-second PR time of 8:24.39 to take third in the college section.
In the 200m, junior Stanley Azie tallied an indoor personal-best time of 21.42 to win his heat and finish 18th overall. Seniors Shane Daniel (22.00) and Dan Jones (22.02) also turned in season-best marks.
A full list of Illini results from Saturday can be found below. Illinois will be off next weekend before being back in action for the Big Ten Indoor Championships in Champaign on Feb. 26-27.
Illinois Saturday Results at the Tyson Invitational
3,000m (College Section)
3. Chris DeSilva, 8:24.39
Pole Vault Invitational
4. Matthew Bane, 17-0 ¾ (5.20m)
Triple Jump Invitational
17. Oz Lifshitz, 44-9 ½ (13.65m)
Triple Jump (College Section)
16. Justin Boone, 44-10 ¾ (13.68m)