Kendziera collects two medals at NCAA Championships

Kendziera collects two medals at NCAA Championships

EUGENE, Ore. — David Kendziera was a whisker away from an NCAA title.

Officially, it was 0.01 seconds.

That's all that seperated the Illinois redshirt senior from his first-ever national championship in the final meet of his college career.

In Friday's 110-meter hurdle finals at the NCAA Championshpis on a rainy evening at Hayward Field, Kendziera outleaned LSU's Damion Thomas but the Mount Prospect native couldn't edge past Florida's Grant Holloway, the defending outdoor 110 hurdle champion.

Holloway won again — this time in 13.42 seconds — to beat Kendziera's time of 13.43.

Kendziera still leaves Track Town USA with a pair of medals, becoming the first Illini since Andrew Riley in 2012 to do so. Kendziera followed his second-place finish in the 110 hurdles up with a school-record time of 48.42 seconds to place third in the 400 hurdles less than an hour after his runner-up finish in the 110 hurdles.

Meanwhile, in the high jump, Jonathan Wells finished 13th overall, as the Illini redshirt junior was unable to clear the bar at 6 feet, 11 3 / 4 inches.

In golf

Stricker slides in second round

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Dustin Johnson shot 7-under 63 for his lowest round this year and grabbed a one-stroke lead Friday after 36 holes at the St. Jude Classic.

Ryan Blaum and Andrew Putnam each shot 64 and were tied second, and C.T. Pan (65) and Wesley Bryan (66) followed at 8 under.

Former Illini Steve Stricker, who entered the day in second, slid 12 spots after an even-par round of 70. He's at 4-under overall.

Meanwhile, ex-Illini D.A. Points missed the cut at 4-over.

Hardy surges. With two rounds in the books, Brian Campbell leads the ex-Illini delegation during the Tour's Rust-Oleum Championship at Ivanhoe Club in Mundelein.

Campbell registered a 4-under 68 on Friday to sit at 6-under 138 through the first two rounds and in a tie for 14th.

Maverick McNealy tops the leaderboard after shooting an 8-under 64 on Friday and is at 12-under 132 going into the weekend.

Another ex-Illini, Nick Hardy is on Campbell's heels. Hardy fired a 67 on Friday and is a 5-under after 36 holes. He's tied for 22nd.

Scott Langley shot a 69 on Friday and is tied for 37th at 4-under, while Luke Guthrie missed the cut at 7-over.

Small in the mix. Bernhard Langer returned for a three-week break to shoot an 8-under 64 and take the first-round lead Friday at the PGA Tour Champions' Principal Charity Classic in Des Moines, Iowa. Illinois men's golf coach Mike Small shot a 3-under-par 69 on Friday.