The Illini will split between the LSU Alumni Gold Meet and Mt. SAC Relays this weekend.
April 18, 2013
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- The Illinois men's track and field team will send athletes to two meets this weekend, with the majority of the squad set to compete at LSU's Alumni Gold Meet on April 20. A group of distance runners and one multi-events athlete are scheduled to race at the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif., Thursday and Friday.
"Mt. SAC is one of the few focal meets, along with conference and nationals, of the year for the distance crew," head coach Mike Turk said. "They've been training specifically for fast times at this meet. I expect they will come home with several season and personal bests. At LSU, we're going in there running our best people in their best events. We will get a good handle of where we are as a team this weekend. The competition will be among the toughest we've faced. We're going to fight and compete and it will benefit us a lot here in the next few weeks leading up to the conference meet."
Eight Illini distance runners and sophomore Corey Hammon will compete in the Mt. SAC Relays as competition begins today and Friday. Most of the distance runners are scheduled to run on Thursday including freshman Luke Carroll (1,500m), freshman Sam Telfer and senior Jannis Topfer (3,000m Steeplechase). Also running their first 10,000m race of the season are seniors Jim Riddle, Hunter Mickow and junior Jordan Hebert. Freshman Ian Barnett will run the 1,500m race on Friday while Hammon is scheduled to compete in the decathlon.
The events at the LSU meet will begin Saturday morning with the men's discus throw at 9 a.m. CT., and ending with the hammer throw at 4 p.m. CT. The running events commence at 10:45 a.m. with the 3,000m steeplechase and will end with the 4x400m relay which is scheduled to begin at 5:25 p.m.
The Illini will be competing in their speciality events again as sophomore Brandon Stryganek will double in the 100m and 200m for the second time this season. Stryganek holds the third fastest time in the conference and the fastest time on the team this season in the 200m. In the 400m, the Illini own the first and second best times in the conference as junior Stephon Pamilton's time of 46.34 leads the Big Ten while freshman Juan Paul Green's 46.35 is second. Senior Ryan Lynn and junior Zebo Zebe look to set personal-best times in the 800m. After winning the 3,000m last weekend, freshman Will Brewster will continue his success this season as he will compete in the 1,500m for the second time this year.
After taking a meet off, junior Vanier Joseph will be back this weekend to compete in the 110m hurdles along with sophomore Gary Ford while freshman Cameron Viney looks to continue his success in the 400m hurdles as he comes off a win last weekend. The 4x100m squad will once again switch the lineup as junior Jade Pamilton, Stryganek, sophomore DJ Zahn and junior Julian Smith will look to improve upon a season best time of 40.43 set at the Bill Cornell Classic. The 4x400m relay will feature Zahn, Viney, Green and Pamilton as they hold the quickest time in the conference of 3.07.10 set at the Auburn Tiger Classic.
In the field events, junior Cody Klein and three other Illini will look to improve their pole vault marks. Klein won the event last weekend at the WIU Lee Calhoun Memorial Invitational and tied the meet record along with freshman Mitch Mammoser who finished second to Klein based on missed attempts. Sophomore Brandon Noe is entered in the discus and shot put as he set the eighth best mark in school history last weekend in the discus (54.70m). Highlighting the javelin this weekend is senior Steve Monte who recently set the fourth best mark in Illinois history a few weeks ago at Auburn.
Full results and a recap can be found on fightingillini.com following the completion of the events. The Illini will hit the road for the Drake Relays next weekend in Des Moines, Iowa on April 26-28.