Men's Cross Country, Track & Field
McAsey Places Fourth at USA Juniors

Freshman Joe McAsey finished fourth in the 800m at the USA Junior Outdoor Championships.
Freshman Joe McAsey finished fourth in the 800m at the USA Junior Outdoor Championships.

June 17, 2012


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Freshman Joe McAsey finished the highest for the Illini this weekend as he finished fourth in the 800m at the USA Junior Outdoor Championships. Teammate Brandon Stryganekalso ran well for the Orange and Blue, as he made the final in both the 100m and 200m.

"Joe (McAsey) had a great weekend," assistant coach Gavin Kennedysaid. "His final was bitter sweet. With 100m to go, he had his flight to Barcelona booked. He tied up pretty badly with 30 meters to go and lost two places. I hope he keeps that chip on his shoulder for the rest of his career. He has had a fantastic freshman year and I am so proud of him. There are bigger and better things to come."

Yesterday in the prelims, McAsey was second in the third heat with a time of 1:51.24 to take the fourth-fastest time overall heading into the finals. The freshman finished fourth in the event with a time of 1:49.88, making him eligible for an alternate spot on the World Junior team next month.

Teammate Stryganek competed in both the 100m and 200m this weekend, making the final in each event. The freshman finished fourth in heat one of the 100m with a time of 10.55, just off his personal best, and placed sixth in the final later that evening with a time of 10.83. On Saturday, the Hawthorne Woods, Ill., native qualified for the final of the 200m after running a prelim time of 21.19. Stryganek placed seventh in the final with a time of 21.28.

"I was pleased with this weekend's performances from Brandon (Stryganek) and Branden (Tanthavong)", assistant coach Adrian Wheatleysaid. "Throughout the season, Stryganek has demonstrated that he is committed to taking the next step in becoming Illinois' next big time sprinter. His experiences at NCAA's and this weekend have given him an insight on what it takes to compete at this level."

Two other Illini competed this weekend, as Nathan Loe placed 11th in the final of the hammer throw with a mark of 60.19m while Branden Tanthavongfinished 15th in the triple jump with a leap of 47-4 ½ (14.44m).

"Branden shook off the rust after being away from competition for a few weeks and showed a strong effort this weekend," Wheatley said. "He came up a little short from his personal record but has shown a great deal of improvement and I have high expectations from him as he will be leading the Illinois horizontal group next year."

100m Final Results at USA Junior World Championships
6. Brandon Stryganek10.83

200m Final Results
7. Brandon Stryganek21.28

800m Final Results
1. Shaquille Walker, BUY - 1:49.39
2. Tanner Sork, Unattached - 1:49.57
3. Jesse Garn, Binghamton - 1:49.82
4. Joe McAsey, Illinois - 1:49.88

Hammer Throw Results
11. Nathan Loe60.19m

Triple Jump Results
15. Branden Tanthavong 47-4 ½ (14.44m)