Freshman Bai Kabba leads a trio of competitors in the 400m at the Illinois Intercollegiate.
Jan. 29, 2010
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Coming off a dominating victory at the Carle/Health Alliance Classic, the Illinois men's track and field squad is ready to take on six other in-state schools on Saturday, Jan. 30 at the Illinois Intercollegiate, hosted by Eastern Illinois. The Illini will square off against College of Dupage, Eastern Illinois, Lewis, Lincoln College, McKendree and Southern Illinois-Edwardsville. Competition is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. for both field and running events.
"We are going to try some different things at this meet to challenge our athletes for some upcoming meets," interim head coach Mike Turk said. "We have had a great couple first meets, with the majority of our team showing improvement across the board, so I look for that to continue. This competition is just another step in the progression toward Big Tens."
After leading the Illini with three victories last week, sophomore Andrew Riley is slated to run the 60m, 60m hurdles and take part in the high jump. Joining Riley in the high jump is senior Greg Shroka, who set his personal best (2.14m) at the Iowa dual and matched it at the Carle/Health Alliance Classic on his way to victories at each.
Freshman Boyea Lockett has started the season strong with back-to-back wins in the 200m and will again run that event along with the 60m and 4x400m relay. Fellow freshman Bai Kabba paced a strong performance by the Illini in the 400m last Saturday and is again scheduled to run the event along with juniors Dan Jones and Shane Daniel.
Senior Scott Phelps easily won the 800m last week and eyes a victory in the 600m at the intercollegiate, and the Illini distance runners look for a number of solid performances, led by Dan Kremske (800m, mile), Brian Beaird (1,000m) and Colin Mickow (3,000m). The Orange and Blue also will run a distance medley relay, with Beaird, freshman Ryan Lynn, sophomore Graham Farnsworth and Mickow.
In the field events, junior Matt McHugh, fresh off a record-setting performance in the weight throw, will try to improve on his personal best in the event, while junior Alex Baldwin (pole vault) and Oz Lifshitz (triple jump) each hope to bring home another title.
Full results and a recap can be found on fightingillini.com following the competition. Next week, Illinois travels to South Bend, Ind., for the Meyo Invitational on Feb. 5-6.