Hammon Sets New School Record in Decathlon on Day 2
May 12, 2012
MADISON, Wis. - Corey Hammon highlighted day two of the Big Ten Championships, setting a new school record in the decathlon while the Illini qualified nine athletes into tomorrow's final. Senior's Andrew Riley and Stanley Azie both advanced to the finals in three events, while senior Kyle Engnellscored in the steeplechase.
"We had some ups and downs as all teams do but our guys are competing and performing well," head coach Mike Turksaid. "The key for today was how many qualifiers we could get for the finals. The goal was 10 and we got nine. We have some good representation in several different events and potential for some big points tomorrow."
In his first decathlon of his career, Hammon etched his name into the record books with his finish Friday afternoon. The freshman finished the ten event final with 7,150 points, with new personal-records in the in the javelin, discus, pole vault and 1,500m. Hammon bested the school record by 77 points, set by former Matt Beary in 1995, a 17-year old record.
"It was just incredible that he shattered the school record and heart breaking that he finished ninth," Turk said. "It really displays the quality of this conference. What a tremendous effort for a freshman."
Riley will compete in three event finals on Sunday, as he advanced in the 100m, 110m hurdles and the 4x100m relay. The Kingston, Jamaica, native easily won his heat in the hurdles with a time of 13.94 and led off the relay of freshman Brandon Stryganek, sophomore Jade Ackermanand Azie to the second-fastest prelim time (39.54), a season-best time for the foursome. Riley also won the 100m heat with a time of 10.48. Teammate Azie is also slated to run in three finals advancing in the 100m (10.35), 200m (20.83) and as part of the relay.
"Our sprint group showed its depth with three qualifiers for the final," Turk said. "Stanley (Azie) looked great in all three of his races. He always seems to step up at the Big Ten meet."
Engnell, who placed fifth in the steeplechase last season, clocked a time of 8:46.22 to finish eighth and score for the fourth year in a row. In the middle distances, the Illini qualified sophomore Ryan Lynn (1:48.30) and freshman Joe McAsey (1:48.62) in the 800m and senior Graham Farnsworthin the 1,500m. Both Lynn and McAsey set personal-records, finishing third and sixth overall while Farnsworth placed 12th to move on to tomorrow's final.
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 Eight Scored Events
400m Hurdles Trials
Sunday, May 13