Junior Stephon Pamilton was one of two 400m runners to qualify for the NCAA Championships.
May 24, 2013
AUSTIN, Texas -- After a three hour storm delay on Friday at the NCAA West Preliminary Round, junior Stephon Pamilton and freshman Juan Paul Green earned a trip to the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene. Each athlete was among the top-12 qualifiers in the 400m at Mike A. Myers Stadium.
"I'm really happy with the resiliency our team showed today," head coach Mike Turk said. "The meet was delayed three hours because of thunderstorms and heavy rain. The results are very good and two more Illini punched their tickets to the NCAA finals."
Pamilton advanced to the NCAA Championships in the 400m for the first time in his career after running a time of 46.63. After setting a new lifetime best in the event last night, Green continued his success tonight after crossing the finish line with a time of 46.64 to advance.
"Getting two guys through to the NCAA finals is quiet an accomplishment for our sprint crew," Turk said. "I'm so happy for Stephon and Juan. They did a great job."
Junior Vanier Joseph delivered a heat winning performance on Friday night in the 110m hurdles. Joseph won heat four with a time of 13.84 to automatically qualify for the quarterfinals in the event tomorrow at 7:20 p.m. His time was third best time of the night. Sophomore Gary Ford closed out his season with a time of 14.30 in the event.
"Vanier ran a solid race and did what he had to do," Turk said. "He got out of the blocks great and was in command the whole race."
Freshman Cameron Viney just missed advancing to the national meet after he finished the 400m hurdles in a lifetime best of 50.54. Viney finished fifth in his heat and 13th overall as the top-12 move on in each event.
"I am so proud of Cam," Turk said. "What an effort he put forth tonight. That was an outstanding race under very trying conditions. He handled it like a seasoned veteran. I think he showed a glimpse of a very bright future."
Ending his season in the 200m was junior Julian Smith. Smith finished with a time of 21.63.
A full list of Illini results along with the remaining schedule of Orange and Blue competition can be found below. Sophomore Davis Fraker will lead things off for the Illini tomorrow in the hammer throw, after the event was rained out today. Also competing in the field events are Matthew Bane and Cody Klein in the pole vault while the 4x100m, Vanier Joseph (110m H), freshman Ian Barnett (5,000m) and the 4x400m relay will highlight the track action. Live results along with a full recap can be found on fightingillini.com
Illinois Friday Results at NCAA West Preliminary Round
Q/q = qualified for quarterfinal
* = qualified for NCAA Championships
37. Julian Smith 21.63
13. Cameron Viney 50.54
Illinois Remaining Schedule at the NCAA West Preliminary Round
(All Times Central)
Saturday, May 25
10.00 a.m. .............. Hammer Throw Davis Fraker)
1:00 p.m. ............... Pole Vault (Matt Bane, Cody Klein)
6:15 p.m. ............... 4x100m Relay First Round Julian Smith, Brandon Stryganek, Stephon Pamilton, DJ Zahn)
7:20 p.m. ............... 110m Hurdles Quarterfinal Vanier Joseph)
7:50 p.m. ............... 200m Quarterfinal
8:45 p.m. ............... 5,000m Semifinal Ian Barnett)
9:45 p.m. ............... 4x400m Relay First Round DJ Zahn, Cameron Viney, Juan Paul Green, Stephon Pamilton)