Sophomore Stanley Azie will anchor the 4x100m relay and run the 200m dash at the NCAA Preliminary Round in Texas.
May 23, 2010
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Illinois men's track & field team will send 16 student-athletes, including both relays, to the NCAA Preliminary Round of Championships at the University of Texas in Austin on May 27-29. The NCAA switched post-season 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 hosted by North Carolina A&T in Greensboro, N.C.
Each preliminary round site will host the top 48 declared athletes -- or 24 relay teams -- in each event, with the exception of the heptathlon. 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 2010 NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Ore., June 9-12.
The Illini heading to the NCAA Preliminary Round include:
Stanley Azie - 200m dash
Brian Beaird - 800m run
Kyle Engnell - 3,000m steeplechase
Casey Fonnesbeck - shot put
Oz Lifshitz - triple jump
Matt McHugh - hammer throw
Colin Mickow - 10,000m
Hunter Mickow - 10,000m
Andrew Riley - 110m hurdles
Greg Shroka - high jump
Cody Wisslead - 400m hurdles
4x100m relay (Riley, Azeez Shogbuyi, Bai Kabba, Azie)
4x400m relay (Shane Daniel, Kabba, Malcolm Taylor, Dan Jones)