Illini Conclude Day One of Big Ten Outdoor Championships
May 16, 2014
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Fighting Illini men's track and field team wrapped up the first day of competition at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships on Friday night. The Orange and Blue battled through constant wind and rain throughout the day and managed to set numerous personal-best marks. Jannis Toepfer finished ninth in the 10,000m, just one place away from scoring team points, while Corey Hammon and George Wayda both sit in solid position halfway through the decathlon.
The Illini had three representatives in the 10,000m, led by Jannis Toepfer. Toepfer placed ninth, just one spot away from scoring team points, after breaking the facility record with a time of 29:19.88. Jordan Hebert improved upon last year's conference finish, moving up three spots to place 12th. Despite the weather conditions, the senior shaved 15 seconds off of his personal-best time to clock a 29:31.55. Brendan McDonnell finished 21st with a time of 31:09.49.
Corey Hammon and George Wayda have completed five events in the decathlon and currently sit in ninth and 10th place, respectively. Hammon ended the day with a third-place finish in the 400m after clocking a season-best time of 51.13. The junior took seventh in the 100m (11.34) and the shot put (12.13m), and finished ninth in the long jump (6.54m) and high jump (1.85m). Wayda set four new personal-bests in the overall event, including a mark of 12.32m in the shot put to place sixth. The freshman finished 10th in the 100m (11.76) and long jump (6.46m), and took 11th in the 400m (53.17) and high jump (1.85m).
The Orange and Blue are back in action tomorrow beginning at 10:30 a.m. CT with the final events of the decathlon. Running event trials begin at 3:20 p.m., while finals for the long jump, high jump, discus, pole vault and 3,000m steeplechase will take place throughout the day.
Illinois Friday Results at Big Ten Outdoor Championships
Hammer Throw (FINAL)
Saturday, May 17