May 22, 2012
NCAA West Preliminary Round Notes
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2012 NCAA West Preliminary Round of Championships
Thursday, May 24 - Saturday, May 26
Mike A. Myers Stadium // Austin, Texas
The Illinois men's track and field team will send 18 student-athletes qualified in 12 events to the NCAA West Preliminary Round of Championship at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin, Texas from May 24-26. Two seasons ago, the NCAA switched postseason formats for the outdoor track championships going from four regional sites to East and West preliminary round sites. The East NCAA Preliminary Rounds will be held at the same time in Jacksonville, Fla.
Each preliminary round site will host the top 48 declared athletes -- or 24 relay teams -- in each event, with the exception of the decathlon. The preliminary round will serve as the first two rounds of competition for the NCAA championships, narrowing the field in each event to 12 from each region.
The top 12 performers from each preliminary round site will then advance to compete at the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, from June 6-9.
The Illini are ranked in the top-25 in eight different events, with the 2010 national champion Andrew Riley takes the top spot in the 110m hurdles and ranks No. 16 in the 100m dash. Senior Stanley Azie also ranks in both the 100m and 200m at No. 24 and No. 13, respectively. Senior Kyle Engnell is listed as No. 6 in the 3,000m steeplechase and freshman Davis Fraker is seeded at No. 8 in the hammer throw. The 4x100m relay team boasts the ninth-fastest seed time while sophomore Ryan Lynn is listed at No. 19 in the 800m and freshman Joe McAsey is seeded No. 21 in the event. A full travel roster and schedule of Illini entries can be found on page four.
Live results and video from www.texassports.com will be available during all three days and linked on www.fightingillini.com. A full recap and results can be found on fightingillini.com following the completion of each day.
Big Ten Outdoor Championships Recap
Three Big Ten titles highlighted the final day of competition at the outdoor conference meet for the Illinois men's track and field team, as the squad finished eighth overall with 65 points. Senior Andrew Riley led off the 4x100m relay to its back-to-back Big Ten title before winning his third-straight crown in the 110m hurdles and his first 100m dash title.
Illini Athletes to Watch:
Andrew Riley, 100m, 110m Hurdles, 4x100m Relay (Sr., Kingston, Jamaica)
Riley, who is the 2010 national champion in the 110m hurdles, is coming off great performances at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships, winning the 100m, 110m hurdles and was the leadoff leg of the 4x100m relay team. For his efforts, he was named Big Ten Track Athlete of the Year and of the Championships. He captured the conference crown in the 110m hurdles for the third year in a row and holds the top seed in the West. The senior also won the 100m with a time of 10.39 and ranks 16th heading into the preliminary round. Riley will run his signature event in Texas along with the 100m and leading off the 4x100m relay squad, which won the Big Ten title in the event for the second consecutive year.
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.
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 (4/21/12)
4x100m Relay (Andrew Riley, Brandon Stryganek, Jade Ackerman, Stanley Azie)
The Illini 4x100m relay is the No. 9 seed heading into the meet after winning their second consecutive Big Ten title a few weekends ago. The foursome timed a 39.63, third-fastest in school history and a season-best for the Orange and Blue. 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: 39.63 (5/13/12)
Stanley Azie, 100m, 200m, 4x100m Relay (Sr., Bolingbrook, Ill.)
Azie is seeded 24th in the region in the 100m and 13th in the 200m following his standout performances at the Big Ten Championships. Azie notched a runner-up finish in the 100m, posting a season-best mark in the 100m (10.42) and finished fifth in the 200m with a personal-best time of 20.67, which rank second in school history. The senior also will anchor the 4x100m relay, which won the Big Ten title for a second year in a row. Last season, Azie earned first-team USTFCCCA All-America honors after placing sixth in the 100m and was part of the 4x100m relay team that placed third last year at the NCAA Championshipships in Des Moines.
100m - Personal-Best: 10.20 (5/15/11)
200m - Personal-Best: 20.67 (5/13/12)
Kyle Engnell, 3,000m Steeplechase (Sr., Homer Glen, Ill.)
Engnell, who placed eighth in the 3,000m steeplechase at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships (8:46.22), will enter the weekend as the No. 6 seed in the event. The senior's career-best time at the conference meet was the fifth-fastest time in UI history.
3,000m Steeplechase - Personal-Best: 8:46.22 (5/12/12)
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