Former Illini hurdler Andrew Riley qualified for his second IAAF World Championships after winning 110m hurdles at Jamaican World Championships Trials.
June 23, 2013
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Former Illinois men's track and field athlete Andrew Riley (2008-12) defended his 110m hurdles title at the Jamaican World Championships Trials to advance to his second IAAF World Championships which takes place in Moscow, Russia in August 10-18.
"It's great to see Andrew defend his Jamaican national title," head coach Mike Turk said. "He is having a great season. I know coach Bailey will have him ready for the world championships and he will do very well. Andrew continues to be a great representative of the University of Illinois while he competes the world stage."
Riley won the 110m hurdles title, crossing the finish line with a time of 13.35. This will be the second World Championships for Riley, as he competed in the event at the 2011 championships in Daegu, South Korea. Riley will be joined by Dwight Thomas who's competed in the past two World Championships and Eric Keddo.
"It's great that Andrew was able to make his second World Championship team," event coach Tonja Buford-Bailey said. "He trained really hard this season and remained focus the whole time. The first post-collegiate year is a tough one and he held his own very well. I'm really proud of him."
The first round of the 110m hurdles are scheduled to be run on August 11 at 12:40 a.m. CT.
Illinois Results at Jamaican Outdoor Championships
1. Andrew Riley, 13.35
2. Dwight Thomas, 13.45
3. Eric Keddo, 13.72
4. Ackeem Smith, 13.77
5. Kevaughn Allen, 14.84