Ten Illini Qualify for Big Ten Finals
May 11, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ten Illini men's track and field athletes qualified for tomorrow's final at the Big Ten Championship. Senior Jannis Topfer (3,000m steeplechase) and sophomore Brandon Noe (discus) scored points for the Orange and Blue in their respective events. In the decathlon, sophomore Corey Hammon finished with 6,816 points to place 11th overall.
"I am pleased with where we are after today," head coach Mike Turk said. "We had a couple unexpected points in the discus and 10K. I was hoping to have eight qualifiers on the track today and we had 10. Add to that the shot put, pole vault, javelin, 5,000m and both relays, we have a lot of great scoring opportunities tomorrow. I expect us to make a strong charge up the standings."
Topfer clocked a time of 8:55.18 to finish fifth and score four team points in the 3,000m steeplechase in his first outdoor conference championship meet. In the middle distances, the Illini qualified senior Ryan Lynn (1:48.87) in the 800m and freshman Liam Markham (3:46.94) in the 1,500m. Lynn's 800m time was a season best while Markham matched his personal best in the event.
"Jannis did a fine job in the steeplechase, scoring four points for us," Turk said. "He gave us a big lift at the end of the day today."
Noe finished seventh in the discus, scoring two points for the team. The sophomore finished with a mark of 183-4 (55.89m) which ties the fifth best mark in school history and a new lifetime best for the thrower.
"Brandon has had a good outdoor season and I felt pretty good about his preparation but he stepped up big today," Turk said. "That performance broke the form chart for how the competition looked on paper coming into today. He had three throws over his previous personal best on the day. It was a terrific performance by Brandon."
Sophomore Brandon Stryganek will compete in three event finals on Sunday, as he advanced in the 100m, 200m and the 4x100m relay. The Hawthorne Hills, Ill., native timed a 10.56 in the 100m while automatically qualified in the 200m by finishing second in the heat with a time of 21.07. He also ran the second leg of the 4x100m relay squad of junior Julian Smith, junior Stephon Pamilton and sophomore DJ Zahn. The quartet won their heat and turned in the fastest qualifying time of the day with a time of 39.78. Pamilton is also slated to run in two individuals finals advancing in the 200m (21.08) and 400m (46.32).
In the hurdles, junior Vanier Joseph continues his success in the 110m hurdles as he clocked the fastest qualifying time, finishing with a time of 14.04. Freshman Cameron Viney will join him in the finals of the high hurdles as he finished fifth overall with a time of 14.13. Viney will also be the lone Illini to run in the 400m hurdles final as he finished seventh overall with an automatic qualifying time of 52.23.
In the decathlon, Hammon finished 11th with a two-day score total of 6,816. The sophomore timed 15.63 in the 110m hurdles and 5:17.90 in the 1,500m. in the field events, he threw a mark of 101-0 (30.80m) in the discus, a 160-6 (48.94m) in the javelin and 14-1 1/4 (4.30m) in the pole vault.
"Corey had a rough day in the decathlon," Turk said. "I think the missed training time this spring with the ankle injury was just a little too much for him to overcome. I feel that if he had another week or two to prepare, it would be a much different outcome. Still, a great effort by Corey."
A full list of Illinois results from Saturday can be found below. The Illini kick off competition on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. with the shot put finals followed by the 4x100m relay at 12:55 p.m. The meet will conclude with the 5,000m final followed by the 4x400m relay, which is slated for 3:45 p.m.
Illinois Saturday Results at Big Ten Outdoor Championships
Team Results Through Seven Scored Events
400m Hurdles Trials
Sunday, May 12