Riley to Run at Jamaican Olympic Trials
June 29, 2012
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Senior Andrew Riley will compete at the 2012 Jamaican Olympic Team Trials on Saturday, June 30 at the National Stadium in his hometown of Kingston, Jamaica. Riley will look to become part of the team in the 110m hurdles, an event in which he's already a two-time NCAA champion.
"I know all of Illini nation is excited for Andrew (Riley)," head coach Mike Turk said. "It'll be fun to watch him on the world stage as he continues to progress in his career. Andrew is well prepared. He has maintained his determination and focus since his outstanding performance at the NCAA Championships."
Riley will run the semi-finals at 5:30 p.m. CT, with the finals of the event starting at 7:45 p.m. CT. Riley has to post a top-three time in the trials to earn his trip to the London Olympics. He currently owns the second-fastest time (13.25) entering the weekend. The 12-time Big Ten champion advanced to the semifinals of the 110m hurdles at the World Championships last summer, finishing 14th in the event.
The 11-time All-American was named the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association's Track Athlete of the Year after becoming the first male athlete in NCAA history to win the 100m and 110m hurdles in one year at the national meet. The sprinter 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 senior also earned the USTFCCCA's Midwest Region Athlete of the Year award.
Riley ends his career at Illinois has a four-time NCAA champion, which ties him for the most ever in program history, an 12-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.