Men's Cross Country, Track & Field
Illinois Qualifies Three For Saturday's Drake Relays Finals

Vanier Joseph qualified for tomorrow's 110m hurdles finals.
Vanier Joseph qualified for tomorrow's 110m hurdles finals.

April 25, 2014

Drake Relays Results | Schedule

DES MOINES, Iowa. -- The Illinois men's track and field wrapped up day two of the Drake Relays with three spots in Saturday's event finals. The 4x100m relay and 4x400m relay teams will compete in tomorrow's finals, while Vanier Joseph advances to the finals of the 110m hurdles. The Illini also scored points towards the HyVee Cup title with a third-place finish in the 4x800m relay.

The 4x100m relay team finished second in the prelims, winning the heat with a time of 39.72. The squad of Julian Smith, Brandon Stryganek, Stephon Pamilton and DJ Zahn ran just off of a season-best time and will compete in tomorrow's finals, set to begin at 3:52 p.m. CT. The 4x400m relay team of DJ Zahn, Joe McAsey also advanced to tomorrow's finals after clocking a season-best time of 3:05.84, which currently leads the Big Ten. The final's are slated for a 3:20 p.m. start.

Individually, Vanier Joseph will represent the Illini in tomorrow's 110m hurdles finals. The senior clocked his second-fastest time of the season, 13.83, to win his heat. He will compete for his second straight Drake Relays title tomorrow at 2:42 p.m.

Illinois scored its first points towards the HyVee Cup title in the 4x800m relay. The team of Zebo Zebe, Malik Lee, Josh Jones and Joe McAsey clocked a time of 7:23.07 to place third. In the field events, Cody Klein placed 11th in the pole vault with his second-best mark of the season at 5.00m. Corey Hammon and George Wayda competed in the decathlon for the first time this season and placed 11th and 12th, respectively.

On Thursday, the 4x1600m relay team clocked the program's fastest time in over 30 years to place second. The team of Graham Morris, Garrett Lee, Ian Barnett and Liam Markham finished with a time of 16:24.29. Paul Zeman competed in the 5,000m and clocked a personal-best time to place 11th.

The Illini will be back in action tomorrow morning beginning with the shuttle hurdle relay prelims before competing in the sprint medley relay and distance medley relay finals. The remaining schedule of Illini action at the Drake Relays can be found below.

Illinois Schedule at the Drake Relays
Q/q=qualified for tomorrow's finals

Thursday, April 24

5,000m FINAL
11. Paul Zeman, 14:53.97

10,000m FINAL
21. Brendan McDonnell, 30:38.38

Friday, April 25

110m Hurdles (Prelims)
2. Vanier Joseph, 13.83 Q
15. David Kendziera, 14.38

4x100m (Prelims)
2. Julian Smith, Brandon Stryganek, Stephon Pamilton, DJ Zahn, 39.72 Q

4x400m (Prelims)
5. DJ Zahn, Joe McAsey, Kenneth Allen, Stephon Pamilton, 3:05.84 q

4x800m FINAL
3. Zebo Zebe, Malik Lee, Josh Jones, Joe McAsey, 7:23.07

Pole Vault FINAL
T-11. Cody Klein, 5.00m

Javelin FINAL
18. Aaron Wilks, 54.03m
21. Ben Dodds, 52.67

Decathlon FINAL
11. Corey Hammon, 6,294 pts
12. George Wayda, 6,185 pts

Saturday, April 26
8:45 a.m. - Shuttle Hurdle Relay Prelim (Joseph, Kendziera, Viney, Hammon)
9:00 a.m. - Discus FINAL (Brandon Noe)
10:00 a.m. - High Jump FINAL (Ryan Michel)
10:20 a.m. - Sprint Medley Relay FINAL (Smith, Stryganek, Zahn, McAsey)
12:15 p.m. - Hammer FINAL (Davis Fraker)
12:40 p.m. - Distance Medley Relay FINAL
1:00 p.m. - Triple Jump FINAL (Branden Tanthavong)
1:23 p.m. - 400m Hurdles FINAL (Cam Viney, David Kendziera)
2:42 p.m. - 110m Hurdles FINAL (Vanier Joseph)
3:20 p.m. - 4x100m FINAL (Smith, Stryganek, Pamilton, Zahn)
3:52 p.m. - 4x400m FINAL (Zahn, McAsey, Allen, Pamilton)