NAMPA, Idaho — The repeat was not to be for Andrew Riley. The Illinois senior sprinter, who won the 60-meter hurdles at the 2011 NCAA Indoor Championships, had a minor issue with the second hurdle in Saturday's NCAA final and finished fourth.
Riley, who set the Jackson Indoor Track record with a time of 7.53 seconds in the 60 hurdles during Friday's prelims, bounced back to finish second and set a personal record in the 60 meters (6.57). Florida's Jeff Demps, a former running back for the Gators, won in 6.56 seconds.
"In the hurdles he feels, at least in his mind, that he was the guy to beat. I know he didn't run his best race; he just couldn't get in a rhythm. He got turned a little bit on the second hurdle and didn't get in a rhythm, and that was enough of a mistake that he just couldn't haul the thing in at the end of the race. It was very disappointing for him," Illinois coach Mike Turk said of Riley, who is now a nine-time All-American. "To come back a half hour later and run another PR, he almost took that 60. It was close; a one-hundredth of a second. Getting second place is no slouch of a performance. We were just so proud of him; that's a really tough thing to do to finish poorly in your favorite race, the one you really bank your training on, and come back to put up a big performance really shows a lot about his character."
Kravetz tosses a gem in split. Freshman right-hander John Kravetz allowed seven hits, struck out six and allowed an earned run in 72/3 innings of work to help lead the Illini to a 5-1 win against Connecticut at the Nike College Showcase in Corvallis, Ore. Justin Parr had two hits and drove in three runs to power the Illini offensive attack. Twin brother Jordan Parr added three hits, and Thomas Lindauer had two hits and an RBI.
Davis Hendrickson (two hits) and Willie Argo each drove in a run for the Illini in an 8-2 loss to host No. 22 Oregon State in Saturday's second game. Bill Charvat also had two hits for Illinois.
In women's tennis:
Wildcats drop Illini. Allison Falkin and Melissa Kopinski each tallied wins for Illinois in a 5-2 loss to Northwestern at Atkins Tennis Center.
In women's golf:
Illini move up to third. Illinois posted a 6-over-par 294 to move up two spots and into a tie for third place with East Carolina after the second round of the 18-team Eagle Landing Invitational in Orange Park, Fla.
The Illini (596) are 12 shots behind first-place South Florida.
Individually, Nora Lucas fired a 1-under 71 Saturday and was tied for eighth overall (1-over 145) entering today's final round. Katelin Dilger (148) was tied for 14th after shooting a 73.
In women's diving:
Illinois contingent wraps up season. Four Illinois divers — Britini Fisher, Tessa Adams, Keri Eberhart and Darragh McDermott — competed at the NCAA Zone C Diving championships in Bloomington, Ind., though none advanced to next weekend's NCAA Championships.
Fisher, a senior, tallied a 259.05 in the 3-meter dive and a 235.50 in the 1 meter to lead the way.