Former Illini Riley Wins 110m H at Drake
April 26, 2013
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Former Illini standout and recent professional runner Andrew Riley competed in the first annual London Games Rematch Series at the Drake Relays on Friday night, winning the 110m hurdles title. The series included four events on the track and three in the field which were held to pit 2012 Olympians and the best athletes in the world against each other.
"It's a perfect confidence booster considering I've been doing a lot these days," Riley said. "I didn't know if I was going to come here and win this race because big picture is down the road from here. I was just working on improving to where I want to be this season. I've been working hard on improving technique and I'm just trying to get better."
The Jamaican beat a loaded field in lane one to win the title in 13.43 seconds. Riley competed against six of the top eight hurdlers in the world rankings. Riley beat Olympic gold medalist and world record holder Aries Merritt (13.48) while bronze medalist Hansle Parchment of Jamaica was last in 14.33.
Riley's win tonight marked his third victory at Drake Stadium in the last 10 months as he won the 100m and 110m hurdles last spring at the NCAA Championships. He became the first male athlete to complete the double.