Sophomore Andrew Riley reset his own school record in the 110m hurdles on Saturday at the LSU Alumni Gold Invitational, winning the event by a hundredth of a second with a time of 13.53.
April 17, 2010
BATON ROUGE, La. - Sophomore Andrew Riley reset his own school record in the 110m hurdles on Saturday at the LSU Alumni Gold Invitational, winning the event by a hundredth of a second with a time of 13.53. The Kingston, Jamaica native turned in the second-fastest time in the NCAA this season in the event and picked up a runner-up finish in the 100m (10.62) at LSU's Bernie Moore Track Stadium, while the majority of the Illinois men's track and field squad competed at the Iowa Invitational.
"This meet was a great way to get the season rolling for Andrew," interim head coach Mike Turk said. "He has continued to work hard in practice each week, and it paid off today with a great performance by an elite athlete."
Riley originally set the school record in the 110m hurdles last year at the Drake Relays with a time of 13.61. Juniors Cody Wisslead and Matt McHugh also competed at LSU, with Wisslead turning in a season-best time of 51.60 in the 400m hurdles to take fourth and McHugh finishing fifth in the hammer throw with a toss of 188-6 (57.46m).
At the Iowa Invitational, the Orange and Blue turned in a number of strong performances, including a victory by junior Oz Lifshitz in the triple jump with a season-best bound of 49-10 ½ (15.20m). In the 4x100m relay, freshman Bai Kabba filled in for Riley in the leadoff position and helped the Illini earn a runner-up finish with a solid time of 40.56 on the Francis X. Cretzmeyer Track.
"The Iowa Invite gave a number of our guys a great chance to get ready for upcoming meets," assistant coach Wendel McRaven said. "We were able to work on a variety of things to get ready for the championship season, and we did a really nice job of competing strong today."
Senior Azeez Shogbuyi earned a pair of top-five finishes, taking third in the 100m (10.69) and fourth in the 200m (21.74). Sophomore Stanley Azie finished just in front of Shogbuyi in the 200m, placing third at 21.64. In the 400m, junior Dan Jones took second with a sold time of 47.91 followed by junior Shane Daniel in fourth at 49.29.
In the 800m, the Illini put three runners in the top six, led by a second-place showing from senior Scott Phelps (1:53.77). Sophomore Graham Farnsworth (1:53.93) was third in that race and freshman Malcolm Taylor came in sixth (1:55.13). Junior Dan Kremske paced the Illini effort in the 1,500m, placing third at 3:58.96. Freshman Jordan Hebert was the top Illini in the 3,000m, earning a runner-up finish with a time of 8:36.25, while sophomore Chris DeSilva was second in the 2,000m steeplechase (5:58.64).
Junior Casey Fonnesbeck garnered a runner-up finish in the shot put with a mark of 53-3 (16.23m) while the Illini filled the two, three and four spots in the pole vault, with junior Alex Baldwin at 14-11 (4.55m), sophomore Will Schaeffer at 14-5 ¼ (4.40m) and sophomore Tim Gaumer at 13-5 ¼ (4.10m).
Next week, Illinois will head to the 101st annual Drake Relays from April 22-24 for three days of competition in Des Moines, Iowa at Drake University.