Stephon Pamilton and the Fighting Illini look for an outdoor title this weekend at the Big Ten Championships.
May 9, 2013
2013 Big Ten Outdoor Track & Field Championships
Friday, May 10 - Sunday, May 12
Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium // Columbus, Ohio
Television: BTN tape delay - Sunday, May 19 at Noon CT
The Fighting Illini men's track and field team will travel to Columbus, Ohio this weekend for the Big Ten Outdoor Championships from Friday, May 10 through Sunday, May 12 at Ohio State's Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. 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 9:15 p.m. Saturday action resumes at 9:30 a.m. with the finals of the decathlon, long jump, high jump, discus and 3,000m steeplechase along with trials in the running events. The remaining field events finals (pole vault, shot put, 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 four events. Junior Stephon Pamilton boasts the top time in the 400m (46.0) while junior Vanier Joseph holds the fastest 110m hurdles time (13.59). Big Ten point scorer Hunter Mickow enters the meet with a conference leading time of 29:20.45 in the 10,000m. The 4x100m relay of Julian Smith, Brandon Stryganek, Pamilton and DJ Zahn is also seeded first with its time of 39.33.
Live updates from the meet will be posted to the @IlliniTrackXC Twitter account. The 2013 Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championships also will be televised tape-delayed by the Big Ten Network on Sunday, May 19 at Noon 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.
At the 2012 Big Ten Outdoor Championships hosted by Wisconsin, Illinois placed eighth as three Big Ten titles highlighted the final day of competition. Senior Andrew Riley led off the 4x100m relay of Brandon Stryganek, Jade Ackerman and Stanley Azie to its second consecutive title and won his third-straight crown in the 110m hurdles. Azie finished runner-up in the 100m while Corey Hammon set a new school record in the decathlon. Also scoring points for the Illini were senior Kyle Engnell (3,000m steeplechase), senior Jim Riddle (10,000m), senior Hunter Mickow (10,000m), freshman Brandon Stryganek (100m), junior Ryan Lynn (800m), freshman Joe McAsey (800m) and junior Steve Monte in the javelin.
Head Coach Mike Turk on the Big Ten Outdoor Championships
"The Big Ten is a very competitive conference and we have been preparing for this meet since September. We are excited for the opportunity to compete. We have high goals and are facing a big challenge. All year long, this team has answered the bell and come out fighting. We will do the same this weekend and put forth our best effort."
Big Ten Indoor Championships Recap
Illinois finished second at the Big Ten indoor championships, totaling 87.50 points. The finish was the highest since 2000. Junior Stephon Pamilton won the 400m crown while sophomore Brandon Stryganek took home the 60m title. Three Illini finished runner-up in their respective events including Stryganek in the 200m, junior Vanier Joseph in the 60m hurdles, and junior Matt Bane in the pole vault. The duo of senior Steve Monte and sophomore Corey Hammon both set a new school record in the heptathlon.
Illini Athletes to Watch
Stephon Pamilton, Sprints (Jr., Jacksonville, Fla.)
Pamilton will compete in the 200m, 400m and will run in the 4x100 and 4x400m relays this weekend. Coming into his first outdoor championships, the junior holds the conference's best time in the 400m (46.00) which was set at the LSU Alumni Gold meet in April. The time cracked the Illinois top-10 as the seventh fastest time in school history. It's the first time an Illini has notched their name into the record books since the 2007 season.
The Jacksonville, Fla., native is coming off a successful indoor season earning All-America honors as he was part of the DMR squad which placed seventh overall at the NCAA Championships with a time of 9:35.56. The junior also won the Big Ten 400m title in a time of 46.07 which ranks as the second fastest in school history.
200m - Personal-Best: 21.61 (3/22/13)
400m - Personal-Best: 46.00 (4/20/13)
4x100m Relay (Julian Smith, Brandon Stryganek, Stephon Pamilton, DJ Zahn)
The Illini 4x100m relay is the top seed heading into the Big Ten Championships after they hold the fastest time in the conference this season, and fifth fastest in school history. The Illini relay returns two of it four legs (Stryganek, Zahn) which won the Big Ten title last year and advanced to the NCAA Championships for the second straight season and earned first-team All-America honors.
4x100m - Season-Best: 39.33 (4/27/13)
Hunter Mickow, Distance (Sr., Princeton, Ill.)
Mickow placed seventh in the 10,000m at last year's Big Ten Outdoor Championships. The junior notched two team points for the team after finishing with a then career best time of 29:29.44. This season, Mickow clocked the eighth-fastest time in Illinois history after finishing sixth overall at the Mt. SAC Relays with a time of 29:20.45. Mickow became the first Illini to crack the school's top-10 list in the event since his brother Colin achieved the feat in 2010.
10,000m - Personal-Best: 29:20.45 (4/18/13)
Vanier Joseph, Hurdles (Jr., Redford, Mich.)
Joseph holds the Big Ten's fastest 110m hurdles time coming into this weekend's championship. The junior recently set his personal best time of 13.59 after winning the Drake Relays title in the event. The time ranks second fastest in Illinois history and eighth in the country. Joseph also won the crown at the Big Ten/SEC Challenge. Indoors, the junior finished runner-up in the 60m hurdles with the second fastest time in school history (7.74).
110m H - Personal-Best: 13.59 (4/27/12)
Corey Hammon, Decathlon (So., Glasford, Ill.)
Hammon set the 17-year old school record in the decathlon at last year's Big Ten championships, scoring 7,150 points. During the two-day event, the freshman recorded personal bests in the javelin, discus, pole vault and the 1,500m. This will mark Hammon's first full decathlon he's participated in this season.
Decathlon - Personal-Best: 7,150 points (5/12/12) *school record
Brandon Stryganek (So., Hawthorne Hills, Ill.)
Stryganek seeks another conference title as the sophomore won the 60m dash indoors earlier this year. Stryganek holds two top-10 times in the 100m (10.55) and 200m (20.84) and leads the Illini in both events. Last year, the Hawthorne Hills, Ill., native was part of the winning 4x100m relay squad and he also made the finals of the 100m. His 200m time of 20.84 was set at the Auburn Track Classic and was a lifetime best.
100m - Personal-Best: 10.48 (5/12/12) // Season- Best: 10.55 (4/7/13)
200m - Personal-Best: 20.84 (4/7/13)
Matthew Bane, Pole Vault (Jr., Rochester, Ill.)
Bane looks to add an outdoor Big Ten title to his resume which already includes an indoor crown. The junior finished runner-up at last year's outdoor conference meet. This season, Bane notched the sixth best vault in school history at the Drake Relays, finishing second with a mark of 17-4 1/2 (5.29m). It was the first time a vaulter has cracked the school's top-10 outdoor list since 2009. Bane also won the pole vault title at the Bill Cornell Classic in March.
Pole Vault - Personal-Best: 17-4 1/2 (5.29m)
4x400m Relay (DJ Zahn, Cam Viney, Juan Paul Green, Stephon Pamilton)
The quartet of DJ Zahn, Cameron Viney, Juan Paul Green and Stephon Pamilton come into this weekend's meet with the second best time in the conference, just behind Nebraska (3:04.46). The group recorded the season best time at the Drake Relays, which ranks as the fifth fastest in school history. The relay helped the team win the first annual Drake Relays Hyvee Cup.
4x400m - Season-Best: 3:04.46 (4:27.13)
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