Phillips shows way for gymnasts

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CHAMPAIGN — Austin Phillips placed first in still rings and high bar, leading Illinois to a 354.600-339.100 victory against Illinois-Chicago on Saturday in men's gymnastics at Huff Hall.

Also earning titles for the Illini were Chad Wiest (floor exercise), Daniel Ribeiro (pommel horse), C.J. Padera (parallel bars) and Alex Varga (vault).

Illinois won easily despite the absence of Big Ten Gymnast of the Week Tyler Mizoguchi, who was competing in Canada for the U.S. National Team.

Phillips, a redshirt sophomore, matched his career high of 15.100 on high bar. Ribeiro earned his seventh title of the season in pommel horse (15.800).

In men's track & field:

Trio places second. Three Illini placed second at the Big Ten/SEC Challenge in Starkville, Miss. The meet pitted four teams from each conference.

Graham Farnsworth was runner-up in the 1,500 meters, followed closely by teammate Colin Mickow. Chris DeSilva placed second in the 3,000 steeplechase, and Matt McHugh finished second in the hammer throw.

In women's track & field:

Pair in top three. Samantha Murphy and Amanda Duvendack finished second and third, respectively, in the 800 at the Big Ten/SEC Challenge in Starkville, Miss.

In baseball:

Games canceled. The final two games of the Illini-Indiana State series at Illinois Field, scheduled for Saturday and today, were canceled due to extreme cold.

Illinois (7-10) returns to action at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday against Missouri (12-12) at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. Tickets for the second annual Battle at Busch are $10.

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