Senior Andrew Riley is one of 10 semifinalists for the Bowerman Award, an award presented for the most oustanding male/female collegiate track and field athletes in the nation.
June 18, 2012
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Senior Andrew Rileywas named one of 10 semifinalists for the male Bowerman Award, announced Monday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. The award is presented annually for the most outstanding male and female collegiate track and field athletes in the nation. The Bowerman Advisory Board will narrow the group down to three finalists on June 29, with the winner being named Dec. 19 in conjunction with the USTFCCCA Convention in Orlando, Fla.
"I feel very honored to be considered as a nominee for such a sought after award," Riley said. "I am elated to know that I have reached this stage in this nomination."
Earlier this month, Riley was named the USTFCCCA National Track Athlete of the Month and also earned the University of Illinois' male Dike Eddleman Athlete of the Year award for the second consecutive year, which is given to the top male athlete in Illinois athletes. The Kingston, Jamaica, native also earned the USTFCCCA's Midwest Region Athlete of the Year award.
"Andrew (Riley) had an outstanding year and career here at Illinois," head coach Mike Turksaid. "His performance at the NCAA Championships was one for the ages. It's fitting for him to be considered for this prestigious honor."
Riley ends his career at Illinois has a four-time NCAA champion, which ties him for the most ever in program history. The senior was also the first male in NCAA history to win the 100m and 110m hurdles in the same year, while also being an 11-time Big Ten champion and was named this year's Big Ten Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year and Athlete of the Championships. Riley was also named the 2010 Big Ten Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year and 2009 Big Ten Indoor Freshman of the Year. The senior holds five school records including the 60m, 60m hurdles, 100m, 110m hurdles and 4x100m relay.