Men's Cross Country, Track & Field
Riley Wins 110m Hurdles at Penn Relays

Senior Andrew Riley won the 110m hurdles title in a time of 13.55 at the Penn Relays on Saturday.
Senior Andrew Riley won the 110m hurdles title in a time of 13.55 at the Penn Relays on Saturday.

April 28, 2012

April 28, 2012

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PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - The Illini wrapped up competition at both the Penn and Drake Relays as senior Andrew Riley highlighted the Illini's action at the Penn Relays winning the 110m hurdles while freshman Davis Frakerreset his own school record in the hammer throw on Saturday at the Drake Relays.

"We had a good weekend at Penn against top competition," head coach Mike Turksaid. "Andrew (Riley) winning the hurdles against that field of competitors is pretty special. I think there were four other NCAA finalists in that race. Winning Penn is special. The 4x100 finished a respectable fifth. The time was okay but I know they will benefit from the experience."

Riley ran to his first Penn Relays championship in the 110m hurdles with a time of 13.55. Coming in second was Hansle Parchment of the University of the West Indies and third was Devon Hill of University of Miami, who holds the second fastest time in the NCAA. The 4x100m team of Riley, Brandon Stryganek, Josh Zinzer and Stanley Aziecrossed the finish line fifth with a time of 39.78, just off the fifth fastest time in school history.

"I always rely on my start," Riley said. "Once I get a good start, I can charge up, attack and win and that's what I did today. This is my second time at the relays, I came once in high school. My goal is to make the Olympic team for Jamaica, and I'm on the right track."

Fraker shined at Drake, resetting his own school record in the hammer throw. The freshman threw a mark of 207-8 (63.60m) and took fourth overall, beating his old record of 207-3 set at SEC/Big Ten Challenge. The sprint medley relay quartet of Jade Ackerman, DJ Zahn, Zebo Zebe and Ryan Lynn finishing third in the event with a time of 3:21.13, just behind Georgia and Iowa. In his first steeplechase during the outdoor season, Chris DeSilvaplaced fourth with a time of 9:01.75 after losing a shoe one-kilometer into the race.

"Today was better," Turk said. "I'm pleased with the effort. The sprint medley was a highlight. I was pleased with them winning their heat and placing third overall. Jade (Ackerman) and DJ (Zahn) both ran excellent 200m legs. Also, Davis (Fraker) threw really well today. He put together a nice series and was very competitive. I think he can really build on that going into Big Tens and having success at the same venue as the NCAA finals will pay dividends later."

Full results from both meets can be found below. The Illini will have a week off before traveling to Madison, Wis., for the Big Ten Outdoor Championships on May 11-13.

Saturday Results at the Drake Relays

Sprint Medley Relay
3. Jade Ackerman, DJ Zahn, Zebo Zebe, Ryan Lynn, 3:21.13

3,000m Steeplechase
4. Chris DeSilva, 9:01.75

16. Brandon Noe, 163-8 (49.89m)

Hammer Throw
4. Davis Fraker, 207-8 (63.60m)*
16. Brett Ramirez, 185-11 (56.66m)

Triple Jump
17. Branden Tanthavong, 46-3 ½ (14.11m)

*school record

Saturday Results at Penn Relays

4x100m FINAL
5. Andrew Riley, Brandon Stryganek, Josh Zinzer, Stanley Azie, 39.78

110m Hurdles FINAL
1. Andrew Riley, 13.55