Kendziera advances to NCAA finals

Kendziera advances to NCAA finals

EUGENE, Ore. — Illinois hurdler David Kendziera advanced to the finals in both the 110- and 400-meter hurdles after clocking top-3 times in both events Wednesday at the NCAA outdoor championships in Eugene, Ore.

Kendziera ran the 400 hurdles in 49.54 seconds for the second-fastest overall time, while finishing third overall in the 110 hurdles with a 13.43 clocking.

While Illinois' 400-meter relay clocked the eighth-fastest overall time, the team finished sixth in its heat and did not qualify for the finals. Devin Quinn also missed the cut in both the 100 and 200 dashes, despite posting the ninth-fastest time (20.53) in the latter.

Illinois junior Jonathan Wells finished 15th in the long jump with a best jump of 25 feet, 1 1 / 4 inches.

Small nabs coaching award. Illinois men's golf coach Mike Small was named Golf Pride Grips Midwest Region Coach of the Year, the Golf Coaches Association of America announced Wednesday.

The 2018 Big Ten Coach of the Year led his Illini squad to its fourth straight Big Ten Championship title, and ninth in the last 10 years, en route to the program's 11th consecutive NCAA Championship appearance.

Vukic garners All-America status. As a cliffnote on an already impressive final season with Illinois, senior Aleks Vukic earned his third ITA All-America honor Wednesday afternoon.

Vukic, who is just the fourth Illini men's tennis player to earn three All-America honors, finished the 2018 dual match season with a 14-6 record and a 6-2 mark in the Big Ten.

The Sydney, Australia, native was twice named Big Ten Athlete of the Week and was a first-team All-Big Ten selection in his final season, finishing his Illinois career at No. 9 on the program's all-time singles wins list (108).