Sophomore Brandon Stryganek and the Illini will look for success at the Big Ten Indoor Championships this weekend.
Feb. 20, 2013
2013 Big Ten Men's Indoor Track & Field Championships
Friday, Feb. 22 - Saturday, Feb. 23
Spire Institute // Geneva, Ohio
The Illinois men's track and field team heads to Geneva, Ohio for the Big Ten Indoor Championships this weekend at Spire Institute. For the first time in history, both men and women, will compete on the same track in a neutral site for the conference crown against several of the nation's top-ranked squads. The meet begins Friday at 9 a.m. CT with the start of the heptathlon followed by the field events and running trials beginning at 11:20 a.m. Finals for the long jump, shot put, pole vault, 3,000m and distance medley relay will all be held on Friday. The remaining 14 finals will take place on Saturday, beginning at 9 a.m. with the remaining events of the heptathlon. Running finals start at 11:55 a.m., with the final event, the 4x400m relay, scheduled for a 3:35 p.m. start. Live results will be available throughout the meet at fightingillini.com.
The 2013 Big Ten Men's Indoor Track and Field Championships will be televised tape-delayed by the Big Ten Network on Saturday, March 5 at Noon CT.
Illinois History at the Big Ten Indoor Championships
Illinois has won a total of 21 Big Ten indoor team titles, with the most recent coming in 1989. Last season, the Illini finished 7th at the indoor conference meet, scoring 47 points overall. Brandon Stryganek earned 14 of those points with a runner-up finish in the 200m and a third place finish in the 60m. Other returning scorers from a year ago include Kyle Engnell and Ryan Lynn who were part of the distance medley relay team which placed sixth and DJ Zahn who placed seventh in the 200m.
Illini Athletes to Watch:
Brandon Stryganek, Sprints (So., Hawthorn Woods, Ill.)
Sophomore Brandon Stryganek look to improve upon his already impressive resume at Illinois. Stryganek holds the second fastest 200m time in school history, 21.08 which was set a few weeks ago at the Spire Invitational. The time also ranks third best in the conference and in the top-25 nationally. Last year, the sophomore racked up 14 total points at the indoor conference meet, finishing runner-up in the 200m and third in the 60m.
Graham Morris, Distance (Sr., Lawrenceville, Ill.)
Senior Graham Morris looks to be on his first Big Ten Championship roster after transferring from Eastern Illinois last year. Morris has made an immediate impact on the squad, setting the 22-year old mile record at the IU Relays and then resetting it a week later at the Meyo Invitational with a time of 4:00.17. He also ran the second fastest 3,000m time in school history at the Husky Classic, finishing with a mark of 8:05.15.
Matt Bane, Pole Vault (Jr., Rochester, Ill.)
Junior Matt Bane, who has had as strong season thus far, looks to carry his past success into the Big Ten Championships meet. Bane notched a PR of 17-8 1/2 (5.40m) at the Indiana Relays. That marks is fifth highest in school history and leads the Big Ten. In addition, teammate Cody Klein set a new personal-best mark of 17-4 1/2 (5.30m) multiple times this year which ranks as the eighth best in school history.
Vanier Joseph, Hurdles (Jr., Redford, Mich)
Junior Vanier Joseph is another contender to score team points for the Illini in the 60m hurdles. Joseph won the event title a few weeks ago at the Spire Invitational and set a personal-best time of 7.82 which is tied for the second best time in Illinois history. The time at Spire ranks third in the Big Ten and 18th in the nation.
Stephon Pamilton, Sprints (Jr., Bourbonnais, Ill.)
Stephon Pamilton is one of the emerging long sprinters for the Illini, after transferring from Bethune Cookman University this last year. He ran his career best time of 46.51 at the Spire Invitational which ranks sixth best in school history, leads the Big Ten and sits at ninth fastest in the nation. He currently is the fastest Illini in the event, with teammate Juan Paul Green holding the second fastest time this season and is also looking for a great conference meet as he holds the fourth fastest 400m time in the Big Ten this year (47.18).
The Illini look for the 4x400m relay squad to score valuable points for the team this weekend. The relay team has consistantly improved their time this season and currently hold the second fastest time in the Big Ten (3:08.55) which was set at the Spire Invitational a few weeks ago by DJ Zahn, Zebo Zebe, Juan Paul Green and Stephon Pamilton. The time also ranks No. 13 in the nation. The Illini last won a Big Ten title in the event in 2006 with a time of 3:06.79.
Complete Big Ten notes can be found in the above PDF.