Big Ten track teams have Illinois flavor

Big Ten track teams have Illinois flavor

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PARK RIDGE — Five members of the Illinois men's track and field team, including hurdles champions Andrew Riley and Cody Wisslead, were named to the All-Big Ten Outdoor first team.

The conference announced its award winners Wednesday.

Riley won his second straight Big Ten 110-meter hurdles title last weekend at Iowa City, Iowa, while Wisslead earned his first league crown in the 400 hurdles. Other Illini first-team selections included Azeez Shogbuyi, Josh Zinzer and Stanley Azie, who joined Riley on the conference champion 400 relay.

The Illini women's team placed six members on the All-Big Ten Outdoor second team. Ashley Kelly, who finished second in the 200 and 400 meters and ran on the runner-up 400 relay, led Illinois to fourth place in the team standings. She was joined on the league's second team by fellow Illini Chantelle Groenewoud, Cheria Morgan, Tamika Robinson, Kayla Smith and Kelly Washington.

Groenewoud (3,000 steeplechase) and Washington (heptathlon) each finished second, while Morgan, Smith and Robinson ran legs on the 400 relay.

Zinzer and Washington received their team's Big Ten Sportsmanship Award.

Softball players cited. Illini second baseman Danielle Zymkowitz, who hit .587 in conference games this season, was selected to the All-Big Ten first team in softball for the third straight year.

The senior was joined on the first team by Illinois utility player Jessica Davis. UI outfielder Hollie Pinchback was a second-team honoree for the second year in a row.

The All-Big Ten teams were announced Wednesday.

Besides leading the league in conference-only batting average, Zymkowitz ranked sixth in overall hitting (.425) among Big Ten batters. Redshirt sophomore Davis hit .336 with 14 home runs and an Illini-leading 46 RBI. Pinchback, a senior, hit .275 with eight homers and 37 RBI.

Zymkowitz also was the Illini's Big Ten Sportsmanship Award winner.

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