Feb. 26, 2014
2014 Big Ten Indoor Championships Notes | Championships Central | Live Results
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2014 Big Ten Men's Indoor Track & Field Championships
Friday, Feb. 28 - Saturday, March 1
Spire Institute // Geneva, Ohio
The Fighting Illini men's track and field team heads to Geneva, Ohio for the Big Ten Indoor Championships this weekend at Spire Institute. 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.
The 2014 Big Ten Indoor Track and Field Championships will be televised tape-delayed by the Big Ten Network on Saturday, March 8 at 10:30 a.m. CT. Heat sheets can be found on fightingillini.com and live results will be provided by lightningtiming.com.
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 placed second at the indoor conference meet, the highest finish since the 2000 season, with 87.50 points overall. Brandon Stryganek scored 18 points with a conference title in the 60m dash and a runner-up finish in the 200m, while Stephon Pamilton accounted for 16 after winning the 400m title and finishing third in the 200m. Other returning scorers from last year include hurdlers Vanier Joseph and Cam Viney, who placed second an fourth, respectively, along with pole vault runner-up Matthew Bane and third-place finisher Cody Klein.
Illini Athletes to Watch
Brandon Stryganek, Sprints (Jr., Hawthorn Woods, Ill.)
Brandon Stryganek looks to defend his Big Ten title in the 60m dash. At the 2013 Big Ten Indoor Championships, Stryganek clocked the third-fastest time in school history to win the event. He also added points for the Illini in the 200m with a runner-up finish. The junior holds the second fastest 200m time in school history, which was set in the trials at last year's conference championships. He has recorded two first-place finishes in each event this season with times that rank among the fastest in the Big Ten.
Stephon Pamilton, Sprints (Sr., Jacksonville, Fla.)
Stephon Pamilton captured the 400m conference title last year after clocking the second-fastest time in school history. He has recorded three top-10 finishes in the event this season, including a ninth-place finish at the Spire Invitational where he ran a season-best time of 47.06, which ranks sixth in the Big Ten. Pamilton also notched a third-place finish in the 200m at the 2013 Big Ten Indoor Championships.
Vanier Joseph, Hurdles (Sr., Redford, Mich.)
Vanier Joseph placed second in the 60m hurdles at last year's indoor conference championships with the second-fastest time in school history. Joseph has recorded five top-five finishes in the event this season, and holds the fourth-best time in the Big Ten. The senior went on to win the 110m hurdles at the 2013 Big Ten Outdoor Championships.
Joe McAsey, Middle Distance (So., Minooka, Ill.)
Joe McAsey missed all of last season due to injury, but has made an immediate impact upon his return this season. He has won both 600m races he's competed in, including the Husker Invitational where he clocked the eighth-fastest time in school history. His time of 1:18.28 currently ranks second in the Big Ten.
The Illini look for the 4x400m relay squad to score valuable points for the team this weekend. The relay team has consistently improved its time this season and currently holds the fourth-fastest time in the Big Ten (3:08.50), which was set at the Spire Invitational a few weeks ago by DJ Zahn, Kenneth Allen, Cam Viney and Stephon Pamilton.