Illini hurdler Andrew Riley is one of three finalists for the Bowerman Award with the winner being announced Dec. 19.
June 29, 2012
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Illini great Andrew Riley was named a finalist for the male Bowerman Award, announced Friday 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 also selected Cam Levins (Southern Utah) and Tony McQuay (Florida) to join Riley as finalists and will announce the winner Dec. 19 in conjunction with the USTFCCCA Convention in Orlando, Fla.
Dozens of select media personnel, track and field statisticians, and collegiate administrators will choose the award winners. Also, beginning July 9, fans can visit TheBowerman.org to submit their choices, as online voting will account for one full vote in the process.
This weekend, Riley will look to qualify for the Jamaican team and compete at the 2012 London Olympics in the 110m hurdles. 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.
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 a 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.