Junior Andrew Riley broke his own school record with the fastest 60m hurdles time (7.60) during prelims at the NCAA Indoor Championships.
March 11, 2011
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Junior Andrew Riley broke his own school record on Friday at the NCAA Indoor Championships, clocking the NCAA's fastest 60m hurdles time this year with a mark of 7.60. The Kingston, Jamaica, native also eclipsed the Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium's facility record (7.63) and advanced to Saturday's event final, which is slated for 5:30 p.m. CT.
"Andrew is running really fast right now," interim head coach Mike Turk said. "It's just a testament to the coaching he has gotten from coach Bailey and how much he has matured from last year. He certainly has room to clean that race up and run even faster in the final tomorrow. It will be a hot final with a lot of good hurdlers in there."
Riley surpassed his previous best mark of 7.61, which he ran a year ago during the prelims of the 2010 NCAA Indoor Championships. He is a two-time All-American in the event, finishing sixth in 2009 and fifth last year. Riley took the top spot in the third heat of the evening, marking the quickest time of the day ahead of Bredan Ames' 7.68 from heat two. Miami's Devon Hill and LSU's Barrett Nugent tied for third at 7.75. The top eight qualifying times to advance to the final can be found below.
Illinois will also have freshman Davis Fraker in action on Saturday evening, as he will compete in the weight throw at 5 p.m. Fraker is the first Illini to qualify for the nationals in the event in school history. ESPN3 will webstream the event on Saturday from 4-7:50 p.m.
NCAA Finals Qualifiers in the 60m Hurdles
1. Andrew Riley, Illinois - 7.60
2. Brendan Ames, USC - 7.68
T3. Devon Hill, Miami - 7.75 [7.741]
T3. Barrett Nugent, LSU - 7.75 [7.741]
5. Keith Hayes, Kentucky - 7.75 [7.748]
6. Keiron Stewart, Texas - 7.76 [7.751]
7. Jeffrey Julmis, Kansas State - 7.76 [7.760]
8. Wayne Davis II, Texas A&M - 7.77