Illinois Hosts Illini Classic on Saturday
Jan. 17, 2014
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- The Illinois men's track and field team is back in action this Saturday, Jan. 18 when they host the Illini Classic. Illinois will welcome seven squads to the UI Armory, including Butler, Eastern Illinois, Lincoln (Mo.), Loyola (Ill.), Memphis, Saint Louis, and Western Illinois. Field events will begin at 9 a.m., with the first session of running events scheduled for a 10 a.m. start. Running event finals will begin at 2:30 p.m. Multi-event competitions that were scheduled for Friday afternoon and Saturday morning have been cancelled. An updated meet schedule and heat sheets can be found above.
"The competition will definitely be at a higher level than last weekend," said head coach Mike Turk. "We will have everyone out in full force. The guys are excited to perform well in front of the home crowd."
Highlighting the 60m dash will be defending Big Ten champion Brandon Stryganek. Stryganek won the 60m race last weekend at the Illini Open, and will run alongside teammate DJ Zahn in the event on Saturday. Big Ten champion Vanier Joseph will run in the 60m hurdles, along with last year's Illini Classic champion Cam Viney. Freshman David Kendziera will also compete in the event after winning the title last weekend at the Illini Open.
DJ Zahn will compete in his first 400m race this season. Last season, he helped lead the 4x400m relay team to All-America honors at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Joe McAsey will compete in the 800m race after setting a personal-best 600m time to win the Illini Open title last weekend, while Jordan Hebert will make his season debut in the 3,000m run. In the field events, Illini Open champion and school record holder Davis Fraker will compete in the weight throw, while Branden Tanthavong looks to place first in the triple jump for the second straight week.
The men's track and field team is currently ranked No. 12 in the nation, as the USTFCCCA released the Preseason Division I Indoor Team Rankings on Monday. The ranking is the highest in program history.