Illini Score Big in 10K on Day One of Big Tens
May 10, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Illini wrapped up day one at the Big Ten Championships, sitting fourth with 11 team points. Three Orange and Blue scored points today with two coming in the 10,000m as senior's Jim Riddle and Hunter Mickow totaled eight team points as they finished third and seventh, respectively. Sophomore Davis Fraker scored more points for the team, finishing sixth in the hammer throw to earn the squad three points. In the decathlon, sophomore Corey Hammonsits in sixth place through five events.
"We're in good position thus far, ahead of where we hoped point wise," head coach Mike Turksaid. "Now we have to focus on trying to get as many people possible through to the finals in the track prelims tomorrow."
Under the lights and running in a downpour of rain which lasted all day, the distance crew shined in the 10,000m. Riddle and Mickow scored eight points for the Fighting Illini, finishing third and seventh. Riddle ran an incredible final lap to gain ground and finish third with a time of 29:30.81 while Mickow placed seventh in a time of 29:43.10. Both seniors' times set new facility records. Senior Jordan Hebertcrossed the finish line with a time of 30:34.96 to finish 14th overall.
"What an awesome finish to day one the 10,000m was for us," Turk said. "I am so proud of the effort Jim, Hunter and Jordan put forth tonight. They were competitive, raced smart and laid it all on the line. Jim had an incredible last 400 meters to move up from sixth to third. I'm so happy for Jim and Hunter and especially for Jim to earn a spot on the podium."
In the hammer throw, Fraker was one of nine to advance into the finals as the sophomore finished sixth with a season-best throw of 201-7 (61.45m) to give the team their first points. Out of two flights, Fraker was the only competitor to place in the event from the first flight. Senior Brett Ramirezfinished with a mark of 187-0 (57.00m) to place 14th overall.
"Fraker competed extremely well against an outstanding field of competitors under adverse conditions," Turk said. "It was the best competition the conference has ever had in the hammer. It's been a trying season for Davis with illness and injury but he has stepped up big for the team and got us on the board. I am really proud of his effort and its a reflection of how he has matured and grown as a person."
Through five events of the decathlon, Hammon sits at sixth place after racking up 3,825 points in his first decathlon of the year. The school record holder started the day placing fourth overall in the 100m with a time of 10.97, then finished the long jump with a season-best mark of 22-4 1/2 (6.82m). In the shot put, Hammon threw a mark of 39-10 3/4 (12.16m) and then placed fifth overall in the high jump with a mark of 6-4 1/4 (1.94m). Finally, during the final event of the day, the sophomore won the first heat of the 400m with a time of 49.83. The time was third fastest of the day.
"Corey is a little disappointed in his score for day one of the decathlon, but he is in a great position," Turk said. "He's just 30 points out of second going into day two. It was a really long day for the decathletes, beginning competition at 11:30 a.m., having a rain delay and finishing at 7:30 p.m. He'll be ready to go early in the morning and have a great second day."
The Illini resume competition at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships at 9:30 a.m. Saturday with the second day of the decathlon. Finals of the discus, and 3,000m steeplechase and will be contested throughout the day, while running trials will begin at 2:20 p.m. with the 4x100m relay.
Illinois Friday Results at Big Ten Outdoor Championships
Team Results Through Two Scored Events
Decathlon (Through Five Events)
Saturday, May 11