Joseph, Fraker Earn Second-Team All-America Honors
March 14, 2014
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Illini Vanier Joseph and Davis Fraker represented the Illinois men's track and field team at the 2014 NCAA Indoor Championships on Friday. Joseph competed at the national meet for the third time in his career and second time as an Illini, while Fraker made his second career appearance at the meet. Joseph just missed a spot in the 60m hurdles finals with a 10th place finish, while Fraker placed 14th in the weight throw.
"I'm proud to have these guys represent us at the NCAA championships," said head coach Mike Turk. "They competed very well but, unfortunately, came up a little short if the goal which is getting on the podium."
Vanier Joseph competed in the 60m hurdles for the second straight year after placing third at at the Big Ten Indoor Championships. In the trials, Joseph finished sixth in his heat and 10th overall with a time of 7.75, his fastest time of the season and just off of his personal-best (7.74). The senior improved upon last year's finish, where he placed 11th, and earned second-team All-America honors for the third time in his career.
"Vanier ran well, right at his personal best," said Turk. "His problem all year has been his start to the first hurdle and that was the limiting factor today. He ran great between the hurdles and charged hard into he finish. He was close to making the final."
Davis Fraker competed in the weight throw after placing sixth at the Big Ten Championships, where he reset the school record in the event. Fraker threw a mark of 19.55m to place 14th overall and earn second-team All-America honors for the second time in his career. The junior is the only Illini in school history to compete at the national championships in the event. Wisconsin's Michael Lihrman won the national title with a mark of 23.25m, followed by Oklahoma State's Nick Miller (23.07m) and Purdue's Chukwuebuka Enekwechi (22.49m).
"Davis had good efforts but foot fouled his first throw and sector fouled his second throw," said Turk. "At this high quality competition, you have to make those attempts count. He just didn't have that margin of error."
Illinois begins its outdoor campaign in two weeks when the Orange & Blue travel to the Lenny Lyles/Clark Wood Invitational in Louisville, Ky. on March 29.