Five Illini Earn All-America Accolades
June 12, 2012
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced the official list of 2012 USTFCCCA All-Americans on Tuesday, which included five distinctions for the Illinois men's track and field team. The Illini earned six first-team honors and an honarable mention All-American awards for their performances at the final site of the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships held at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa.
Under the USTFCCCA system, first-team All-America honors are awarded to those who earn any portion of a team point at the national championships, or reach an eight-entrant final. Second-team All-America honors are handed out to those whose final placing in the national meet range from ninth to 16th place. Those who participated at the final site but did not place in the meet's top 16 are listed as honorable mention for the All-America award.
Senior Andrew Riley, who is now an 11-time All-American for his career, took home a trio of first-team laurels following his two NCAA championships in 100m and 110m hurdles and his part in running the lead leg of the 4x100m relay. Senior Stanley Azie earned All-America honors for the second year in a row for the 4x100m relay, while a pair of freshmen garnered All-America honors for the first time in their career. Brandon Stryganek and DJ Zahnboth ran on the 4x100m relay. Senior Kyle Engnell rounded out the awards with an honorable mention selection in the 3,000m steeplechase.
As a team, the Illini scored 20 points and tied for 11th, marking the best national finish by an Illini squad since placing seventh in 1988.
2012 USTFCCCA All-Americans