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    Illinois Places Second at Tom Botts Invitational
    Senior Cody Wisslead won the event title in his first 400m hurdles race of the outdoor season.

    Senior Cody Wisslead won the event title in his first 400m hurdles race of the outdoor season.

    April 9, 2011

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    COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Illinois men's track and field team racked up 148 points and placed second behind host Missouri (164) at the Tom Botts Invitational on Saturday. The Illini won a pair of individual event titles, as freshman Shujaa Benson leapt to the long jump crown in his outdoor debut and senior Cody Wisslead grabbed first in the 400m hurdles, along with posting five runner-up finishes at Audrey J. Walton Stadium.

    "The weather was really nice for this meet and our guys really took advantage of that," interim head coach Mike Turk said. "We had quite a few PRs and several solid performances to take second even without some of our key guys competing. We are slowly getting back to full strength and improving with each weekend."

    Benson bounded to a mark of 23-5 ¼ (7.14m) to take the spot in the long jump while Wisslead timed 51.23 in the 400m hurdles to earn the victory in his first hurdle race of the outdoor campaign. Junior Stanley Azie accounted for 16 team points with a pair of second-place showings, running a personal-best mark of 10.53 in the 100m and a season-best time of 21.17 in the 200m.

    "Cody looked tremendous and ran faster today than he did all of last year up until the Big Ten meet," Turk said. "Shujaa also had a nice opener in the long jump to win the event."

    In the 400m, senior Shane Daniel broke 48 seconds for the first time at Illinois and took second in the race with a career-best mark of 47.98. Daniel tallied 10 points as the top collegian in the event and notched four more points in the 200m with a personal-best time of 21.80. Fellow senior Dan Jones came in third in his outdoor 400m opener with a time of 48.22 to pick up eight more team points.

    The 4x400m relay squad of Daniel, freshman Zebo Zebe, Wisslead and Dan Jones placed second with a season-best time of 3:13.63 while freshman Matthew Bane posted the Orange and Blue's final second-place finish after clearing 16-7 ¾ (5.06m) in the pole vault. Three other Illini scored in the pole vault with junior Alex Baldwin in fourth at 16-1 ¼ (4.91m), sophomore Joshua Hodur tied for fifth at 15-7 ¼ (4.76m) and freshman Cody Klein in seventh at 15-1 ½ (4.61m).

    Senior Jeremy Stevens began his final outdoor season with a pair of third-place finishes after running his first-ever 3,000m steeplechase (9:21.66) and clocking a personal-best mark of 3:52.62 in the 1,500m. Illinois received fourth-place finishes from junior Nic Haab, who turned in a personal best in the 400m hurdles (52.60), and sophomore Malcolm Taylor, who had nearly a three-second personal best in the 800m (1:52.66).

    Other top-five finishes on the track came from junior Jim Riddle in the 1,500m (3:55.07), sophomore Phil Pompei in the 3,000m (8:42.53) and the 4x400m `B' relay (3:17.64) of Haab, Taylor, sophomore Ryan Lynn and junior Shawn Ledbetter. Freshman Justin Boone also placed among the top five in the horizontal jumps, coming in third in the long jump with a mark of 21-11 ¾ (6.70m) and fifth in the triple jump at 45-4 ½ (13.83m).

    The Illini finished in front of Indiana State (132), Northern Iowa (115), Central Missouri (81), Drake (63) and SE Missouri (28). A full list of Illinois results along with the team standings from the Tom Botts Invitational can be found below.

    Up Next: Illinois will head to Knoxville, Tenn., for the Sea Ray Relays from April 14-16 and have a few distance runners compete at the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif.

    Team Standings
    1. Missouri 164
    2. ILLINOIS 148
    3. Indiana State 132
    4. Northern Iowa 115
    5. Central Missouri 81
    6. Drake 63
    7. SE Missouri 28

    Illinois Results at the Tom Botts Invitational

    100m
    2. Stanley Azie 10.53; 8 team points
    8. Josh Zinzer 10.90; 1 team point

    200m
    2. Stanley Azie 21.17; 8 team points
    6. Shane Daniel 21.80; 4 team points
    7. Josh Zinzer 21.89; 3 team points

    400m
    2. Shane Daniel 47.98; 10 team points
    3. Dan Jones 48.22; 8 team points
    8. Ryan Lynn 49.26; 2 team points
    16. Steve Monte 56.40

    800m
    4. Malcolm Taylor 1:52.66; 5 team points
    9. Zebo Zebe 1:53.83

    1,500m
    3. Jeremy Stevens 3:52.62; 6 team points
    5. Jim Riddle 3:55.07; 4 team points
    9. Tom Achtien 3:59.80

    3,000m
    5. Phil Pompei 8:42.53; 4 team points
    8. Nathan Troester 8:59.66; 1 team point

    110m Hurdles
    9. Shawn Ledbetter 15.20
    13. Timothy Gaumer 15.90

    400m Hurdles
    1. Cody Wisslead 51.23; 10 team points
    4. Nic Haab 52.60; 5 team points
    12. Shawn Ledbetter 55.35

    3,000m Steeplechase
    3. Jeremy Stevens 9:21.66; 6 team points
    6. Tom Achtien 9:50.97; 3 team points

    4x400m Relay
    2. Illinois 3:13.63; 8 team points
    (Shane Daniel, Zebo Zebe, Cody Wisslead, Dan Jones)
    5. Illinois `B' 3:17.64; 4 team points
    (Nic Haab, Malcolm Taylor, Ryan Lynn, Shawn Ledbetter)

    Pole Vault
    2. Matthew Bane 16-7 ¾ (5.06m); 8 team points
    4. Alex Baldwin 16-1 ¼ (4.91m); 5 team points
    T5. Joshua Hodur 15-7 ¼ (4.76m); 3.5 team points
    7. Cody Klein 15-1 ½ (4.61m); 2 team points
    13. Timothy Gaumer 13-7 ¾ (4.16m)

    Long Jump
    1. Shujaa Benson 23-5 ¼ (7.14m); 10 team points
    3. Justin Boone 21-11 ¾ (6.70m); 6 team points

    Triple Jump
    5. Justin Boone 45-4 ½ (13.83m); 4 team points

    High Jump
    T7. Ryan Michel 6-4 ¾ (1.95m); 1.5 team points
    9. Steve Monte 6-2 ¾ (1.90m)

    Discus
    6. Brett Einbecker 158-5 (48.29m); 3 team points

    Shot Put
    6. Brett Einbecker 51-6 ½ (15.71m); 3 team points

    Javelin
    10. Steve Monte 163-6 (49.85m)
    12. Timothy Gaumer 132-1 (40.27m)

    Hammer Throw
    8. Brett Ramirez 170-7 (52.00m); 2 team points

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