Illini Score Two in 10,000m on Day One of Big Tens
May 11, 2012
MADISON, Wis. - The Illini wrapped up day one at the Big Ten Championships, sitting fourth with 11 team points. Five Orange and Blue scored points today with the most coming in the 10,000m as senior's Jim Riddle and Hunter Mickow totaled five team points as they finished sixth and seventh, respectively. Freshman Davis Fraker scored the first points for the Illinois men's track and field team, finishing sixth in the hammer throw to earn the team three points. The Orange and Blue also got points from the pole vault team, with junior Josh Hodur tying for sixth and sophomore Matthew Bane tying for eighth (5.06m). In the decathlon, freshman Corey Hammon sits in third place through five events.
"Overall I'm thrilled that we had five Big Ten scorers today," head coach Mike Turk said. "That's the most day one scorers we've had since I've been at Illinois by far."
The distance crew shined under the lights during the 10,000m as Riddle and Mickow scored five points for the Illini, finishing sixth and seventh. Both seniors crossed the line with new career-bests in the event as Riddle finished with a time of 29:29.27, a 54 second improvement and Hunter timed a 29:29.44, nearly a half-second improvement. Senior Phil Pompei also ran a career-best time of 30:10.69 and finished 11th while junior Jordan Hebert placed 19th with a time of 31:43.64.
"What an inspiring race our men ran," Turk said. "Coach Kennedy had a great race plan, they followed it perfectly and poured their heart into that race. I think our distance program made a huge step forward."
Through five events of the decathlon, Hammon sits comfortably in third place after racking up 3,932 points in his first decathlon of his career. Hammon took first in two of the five events, including setting personal-bests in the 100m (10.96) and the 400m (48.52). The Glasford, Ill., native also set a career-best mark in the shot put with 41-4 ½ (12.61m), tied for fourth-place in the high jump (1.99m) and 10th in the long jump with a personal-best leap of 6.69m.
In the hammer throw, Fraker was one of nine to advance into the finals as the freshman finished sixth with a throw of 200-111 (61.26m) to earn the Orange and Blue three team points while sophomore Brett Ramirez placed 12th with a mark of 192-7 (58.69m).
"Davis (Fraker) didn't have his best day but he came through with some valuable points in a very tight competition," Turk said. "He is so close to a really big throw, it just didn't come out today. Brett (Ramirez) performed well. He has improved so much this year. He should expect to score next year."
The pair of Illini scored in the pole vault as Hodur tied for sixth place with a mark of 16-7 ¼ (5.06m) while Bane tied for eighth after clearing 16-7 ¼ (5.06m), with the two combining for three points toward the team's final score.
"I'm very happy that we placed two guys in the vault," Turk said. "That's a step forward we have been looking for. Josh (Hodur) has put together a great season. He has been our most consistent vaulter this year and I couldn't be happier for him for earning his first Big Ten points. Matt (Bane) was a warrior today as well. He fought hard for a scoring place after being hurt most of the year."
The Illini resume competition at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships at 9:30 a.m. Saturday with the finals events of the decathlon. Finals of the long jump, discus, and 3,000m steeplechase 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 Three Scored Events
Decathlon (Through Five Events)
Saturday, May 12