Sophomore Andrew Riley ran the third-fastest time in the prelims of the 60m hurdles to advance to Saturday's finals.
March 12, 2010
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Illinois men's track and field sophomore Andrew Riley broke his own school record with a time of 7.61 on Friday at the Randal Tyson Track Center to advance to the finals of the 60m hurdles at the NCAA Indoor Championships. Riley placed second in his heat and ran the third-fastest time at the championships behind only Oklahoma's Ronnie Ash (7.55) and LSU's Barrett Nugent (7.60).
"It was a great race for Andrew, but he's still got a lot left in there, so he's not done yet," interim head coach Mike Turk said. "He still can clean it up a little bit, so he will be right in the thick of it tomorrow. Out of the guys in there that I saw, Andrew has got the most left in him. We will just have to see how he does, but he is feeling good and healthy, so we will just go and let it rip tomorrow."
Riley reset his own school record in the event for the second straight meet, as he timed 7.65 at last weekend's Iowa State NCAA Qualifier to set the original mark. His time today ranks as the fourth-fastest in the nation this season, as three of the top four times were run on Friday. Ash now owns the top two times on the season, as he also ran a time of 7.59 earlier this season.
The 60m hurdles final will take place tomorrow evening at 6:35 p.m. Riley will attempt to be the first two-time Illini indoor All-American in the hurdles in school history. Last year, the Kingston, Jamaica native finished eighth in the 60m hurdles trial to qualify for the final and placed sixth in the final to earn his first career All-America accolade.
NCAA Finals Qualifiers in the 60m Hurdles
1. Ronnie Ash, Oklahoma - 7.55
2. Barrett Nugent, LSU - 7.60
3. Andrew Riley, Illinois - 7.61
4. Omo Osaghae, Texas Tech - 7.66
5. Lehann Fourie, Nebraska - 7.67
6. Booker Nunley, South Carolina - 7.69
7. Johnny Dutch, South Carolina - 7.73
8. Spencer Adams, Clemson - 7.80