Illini Conclude Action at NCAA Outdoor Championships
June 12, 2014
EUGENE, Ore. - The Fighting Illini men's track and field team wrapped up competition at the NCAA Outdoor Championships on Thursday night. Illinois was represented in two events and notched two more second-team All-America honors.
Brandon Stryganek qualified for the national meet in the 200m after clocking the second-fastest time in school history at the NCAA West Prelims. On Thursday, Stryganek crossed the finish line with a time of 20.95 to place 15th at the NCAA Championships and earn second-team All-America honors for the first time in his career.
The 4x400m relay team entered the national meet as the No. 12 seed after placing fourth at the NCAA West Prelims. The team of DJ Zahn, Joe McAsey, Kenneth Allen and Stephon Pamilton placed 10th at the NCAA Championships with a time of 3:05.80 to earn second-team All-America honors.
"It's the NCAA meet, the best of the best," said head coach Mike Turk. "We competed well and just repeatedly came up a little bit short. The end of the season didn't quite pan out the way we planned and we fell short of our goals. However, it doesn't diminish all the success we had this year. This team worked really hard, came together and performed very well. I'm proud of their efforts and accomplishments. It was a heck of a season, one I won't soon forget. Of the guys we had here this week, all but Pamilton return next year. Those returnees will progress next year, others will step up and the program will keep moving forward."
Illinois Thursday Results at NCAA Championships