May 8, 2012
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2012 Big Ten Outdoor Track & Field Championships
Friday, May 11 - Sunday, May 13
McClimon Track & Field Complex // Madison, Wis.
The Fighting Illini men's track and field team will head to Madison, Wis., this weekend for the Big Ten Outdoor Championships from Friday, May 11 through Sunday, May 13 at Wisconsin's McClimon Track and Field Complex. The meet begins on Friday morning with the start of the decathlon at noon and the hammer throw at 1:30 p.m. The 10,000m final will close out the first day of competition, beginning at 8:30 p.m. Saturday action resumes at 9:30 a.m. with finals in the decathlon, long jump, high jump, discus and 3,000m steeplechase along with trials in the running events. The remaining field events finals (shot put, triple jump and javelin) will all be held on Sunday, with the running finals scheduled to begin at 12:55 p.m. with the 4x100m relay and end at 3:45 p.m. with the 4x400m relay. A full Big Ten roster and schedule of Illini entries can be found on page 4.
Heading into the championships, Illinois is ranked first in the Big Ten in three events. Eight-time Big Ten champion Andrew Riley boasts the top time in the 110 meter hurdles (13.61) and the 100m dash with a time of 10.28. Junior Kyle Engnell, a three-time scorer in the steeplechase, enters the meet with his personal-best mark of 8:47.27. The 4x100m relay of Riley, Brandon Stryganek, Josh Zinzer and Stanley Azie is also seeded first with its time of 39.77.
Live updates from the meet will be posted to the @IlliniTrackXC Twitter account. The 2012 Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championships also will be televised tape-delayed by the Big Ten Network on Sunday, May 20 at 11 a.m. CT.
Illinois History at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships
Illinois has won a total of 28 Big Ten outdoor team titles since the championships started in 1901, ranking second only to Michigan's 31 titles. The last time the Fighting Illini won the outdoor team title was in 1994 under former head coach Gary Wieneke. This year marks the first outdoor conference championship with head coach Mike Turk at the helm.
At the 2011 Big Ten Outdoor Championships hosted by Iowa, Illinois placed seventh as three Big Ten titles highlighted the final day of competition. Senior Andrew Riley led off the 4x100m relay of Azeez Shogbuyi, Josh Zinzer and Stanley Azie to its first Big Ten title since 1997 before winning his second-straight crown in the 110m hurdles. Cody Wisslead won his first career conference title with a victory in the 400m hurdles and Azie ran the second-fastest time in school history during his runner-up finishes in the 100m and 200m. Kyle Engnell and Colin Mickow also placed for the Illini in the 3,000m steeplechase and the 10,000m, respectively.
Head Coach Mike Turk on the Big Ten Outdoor Championships
"We are well prepared. I think its going to be a battle. We're hoping for a top-five finish and I think that is a very manageable goal. We're looking for a few to step up, including Andrew Riley, Stanley Azie, Brandon Stryganek, the 4x100m relay team, Kyle Engnell, Davis Fraker and Matt Bane. I think we've performed pretty well during the outdoor campaign. The year is not over yet, so we're hoping for great marks this weekend along with good weather."
Big Ten Indoor Championships Recap
Illinois placed seventh in a loaded field as senior Andrew Riley won the 60m hurdles for the fourth year in a row and his first 60m dash title at the Big Ten Championships. The Illini also earned two runner-up performances with senior Cody Wisslead in the 60m hurdles and freshman Brandon Stryganek in the 200m.
Illini Athletes to Watch:
Andrew Riley, Sprints / Hurdles (Jr., Kingston, Jamaica)
Riley is the defending champion in the 110m hurdles after capturing his second career outdoor title a year ago. Riley repeated in winning the Big Ten title in his signature event, the 110m hurdles, before taking second place at the NCAA Championships. He is currently ranked first in conference and the nation in the hurdles with his personal-best time of 13.28, which he ran at the John McDonnell Invitational. He also won his first Penn Relays title of his collegiate career a few weeks ago, with a time of 13.55. Riley also will lead off the top seed 4x100m relay squad that sits the fastest in the Big Ten (39.77) and run the 100m dash, where he holds the conferences best time of 10.28.
The Kingston, Jamaica, native is coming off an undefeated indoor regular season in the 60m hurdles. He earned his eighth and ninth All-America honors after finishing second in the 60m and fourth in the 60m hurdles. At the Big Ten Indoor Championships, he made it a four-peat in the hurdles by winning the Big Ten title for the fourth consecutive year and won his first 60m dash conference crown of his career.
110m Hurdles - Personal-Best: 13.28 (4/21/12) // 100m - Personal-Best: 10.28 (4/20/12)
4x100m Relay (Andrew Riley, Brandon Stryganek, Josh Zinzer, Stanley Azie)
The Illini 4x100m relay is the top seed heading into the Big Ten Championships after holds the fastest time in the conference this season, and fifth fastest in school history. The foursome won the Big Ten Championship for the first time since 1997. The Illini relay returns three of it four legs (Riley, Zinzer, Azie) which advanced to the NCAA Championships for the first time since 1964, and earned first-team All-America honors with a third-place showing.
4x100m - Season-Best:39.77 (4/7/12)
Kyle Engnell, Distance (Sr., Homer Glen, Ill.)
Engnell placed fifth in the 3,000m steeplechase at last year's Big Ten Outdoor Championships. The junior clocked the fifth-fastest time (8:47.27) in UI history during his performance at the Stanford Invitational. He was also the first collegian to cross the finish line at the meet, set a new personal-best time and earned Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week in the process.
3,000m Steeplechase - Personal-Best: 8:47.27 (4/6/12)
Stanley Azie, Sprints (Sr., Bolingbrook, Ill.)
Azie, who scored in both sprinting events last season at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships, is ranked among the top nine in the conference heading into this weekend's meet. He clocked season-bests in the 100m (21.71) at the Big Ten/SEC Challenge and the 200m (21.71) at the John McDonnell Invite, which is seeded second and ninth in the conference, respectively. Last season, Azie placed runner-up in the 100m and 200m. The senior also anchors the top-seeded 4x100m relay, which won the Big Ten Championships last year.
100m - Personal-Best: 10.20 (5/15/11) // Season-Best: 10.39 (3/23/12)
200m - Personal-Best: 20.70 (5/15/11) // Season-Best: 21.71 (4/21/12)
Matthew Bane, Pole Vault (So., Rochester, Ill.)
Bane looks to win another Big Ten title in the pole vault, as the sophomore took his first crown during last year's indoor championship. Bane took first in the Tom Botts Invitational while his season-best mark of 17-0 1/4 (5.19m) leads the Illini and sits at fifth best in the Big Ten.
Pole Vault - Season-Best: 17-0 1/4 (5.19m) // Personal-Best: 17-3 3/4 (5.28m)
Davis Fraker, Hammer Throw (Fr., Peachtree City, Ga.)
Fraker, the school-record holder in the hammer throw, has reset the record twice this season with the first coming at the Big Ten/SEC Challenge. His throw of 207-8 (63.60m), set a few week ago at the Drake Relays, currenty sits atop the the school-record books. This will be Fraker's first outdoor conference meet, as he redshirted during the outdoor campaign last season.
Hammer Throw - Personal-Best: 207-8; 63.60m (4/28/12) *school record
Brandon Stryganek (Fr., Hawthorne Hills, Ill.)
Stryganek made an immediate impact for the Illini at his first Big Ten competition, placing runner-up in the 200m and third in the 60m at the indoor conference meet in February. He has three times which currently rank in the top-10 of the Big Ten, as he holds the third fastest 200m time, eighth quickest 100m mark and is a member of the fastest 4x100m relay time.
100m - Personal-Best:10.59 (4/7/12) // 200m - Personal-Best: 21.09 (4/21/12)
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