Men's Cross Country, Track & Field
Stryganek Earns Academic All-America Honors

Brandon Stryganek earned second-team Capitol One Academic All-America honors.
Brandon Stryganek earned second-team Capitol One Academic All-America honors.

June 27, 2013

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- University of Illinois sophomore Brandon Stryganek was given second-team Capital One Academic All-America honors for Division I. Stryganek boasts a 3.49 grade point average in Recreation, Sport & Tourism and is a regular contributor on the men's track team.

Stryganek finishes his second season with the Illini earning second team All-America honors in the 4x100m relay at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. The sophomore helped the 4x100m relay finish third at the Big Ten Championships while individually, he made the finals of the 100m and set a season best time of 10.55. Stryganek was also on two relays, one of which set the fifth-fastest time in Illinois history (4x100), which helped the Illini win the first annual Hy-Vee Cup at the Drake Relays. The Hawthorn Woods, Ill., native also ran the sixth best 200m time in school history when he crossed the finish line with a time of 20.84 at the Auburn Tiger Classic.

Indoors, Stryganek was very successful as well, winning the Big Ten title in the 60m dash (6.71), placing runner-up in the 200m (21.02) and helping the men's team to a second place finish overall. The finish for the Orange and Blue was the highest since the 2000 season. His 200m time at the conference meet ranks as the second fastest time in school history while his 60m dash time is third.

Stryganek also earned his first Big Ten All-Academic honors this year.Academic All-Big Ten honors are bestowed upon student-athletes who have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher, earned an athletic letter and are in at least their second year at their institution.