Riley claims event title

Riley claims event title

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Andrew Riley, who on Friday posted an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 7.69 seconds in the prelims of the 60-meter hurdles, won the event Saturday in 7.53 — the second-best time in the NCAA this season — at the Tyson Invitational. Teammate Cody Wisslead (8.04) finished seventh.

Riley also earned an automatic trip to the NCAA indoor championships in the 60 hurdles. He's looking to earn All-America honors for the fourth straight year.

Illinois' Brett Ramirez was also a winner, taking home top honors in the weight throw with a toss of 59 feet, 7.5 inches.

Other highlights for the men included Josh Hodur (third in the pole vault, 16-1), Alex Baldwin (seventh in pole vault, 15-7) and Joe McAsey (third in the 800, 1:51.47).

On the women's side, the 1,600-meter relay team of Ryisha Boyd, Ashley Kelly, Jesica Ejesieme and Ashley Spencer tied the third-fastest time in school history (3:36.20) while finishing second to Kansas.

Chloe Schmidt (2:12.87) was second in the 800 meters.

Spencer won her heat in the 200 (23.80) and finished seventh overall. Katie Porada (4:46.33) was third in the mile.

In other men's action, Kyle Engnell set a personal record and finished 12th in the mile at the Flotrack Husky Classic in Seattle in 4:06.44.

In men's golf:

Guthrie leads bounceback. After losing a tie-breaker to Minnesota on Friday, Mike Small's Illini bounced back in a big way Saturday, defeating Nebraska 6-0 in the consolation bracket of the Big Ten Match Play Championship in Bradenton, Fla.

No. 1 player Luke Guthrie was dominant, defeating Scott Willman 6 and 5. Thomas Pieters, Jonathan Hauter and Brian Campbell all won 4 and 3. Ross Frankenberg and Mason Jacobs also posted wins for Illinois.

In men's gymnastics:

Mori paces win. Yoshi Mori won the all-around championship, and the Illini defeated visiting Illinois-Chicago 339.000-329.000 at Huff Hall.

Mori won the floor exercise, tied for third with teammate Jordan Valdez in the vault and second to Valdez in the horizontal bars. Mori (81.800) finished just ahead of UIC's Joseph Hodges (80.000) for the all-around crown.

Valdez also won the parallel bars.

In softball:

Illini pick up pair of wins. Brittany Sanchez scored on a wild pitch in the top of the eighth inning to propel the Illini to a 1-0 win against Alabama-Birmingham on Saturday at the FIU Combat Classic in Miami. Illinois beat Michigan State 8-0 in five innings later in the day. Meredith Hackett (three RBI) and Jessica Davis each homered and had two hits for Illinois. Pepper Gay and Jackie Guy each earned wins.

Sanchez, who recorded one of Illinois' seven hits, started the inning at second base and was sacrificed to third by Kelley Wedel.

The run was all the support pitcher Pepper Gay would need. The right-hander went the distance, allowing two hits and striking out 11.

Danielle Vaji recorded two hits for Illinois.