Junior Vanier Joseph was named Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week for the first time in his career.
March 27, 2013
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Illinois men's track and field junior Vanier Joseph was named Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week after his outdoor season opening performance at the Big Ten/SEC Challenge, announce the conference office today.
Joseph won the 110m hurdle title with a time of 13.89, which ranks fifth fastest in the nation. His mark also leads the Big Ten and is sixth best in the Illinois school record books. The victory last weekend was his first event won as an Illini in the outdoor season. Joseph was one of seven Orange and Blue athletes to win titles at the conference challenge.
This is the first time Joseph has been named Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week in his career. The last Illini to garner outdoor track athlete of the week was Andrew Riley on May 3, 2012.
Joseph and the majority of the Fighting Illini will be back in action this weekend at the Bill Cornell Spring Classic, hosted by Southern Illinois University on Friday, March. 29-March 30. Also, a select group of distance runners will travel to Palo Alto, Calif., to compete in the Stanford Invitational.