Illinois juniors Bobby True and Cortney Lamb highlighted a banner day for the University of Illinois men's track team Saturday at the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa.
True took second in the 800 meters, finishing in 1 minute, 48.28 seconds. Ossie Mdziniso of Augustana, S.D., won the event in 1:48.03.
Lamb's time of 3:51.69 was good for third in the 1,500.
Freshman Sherman Armstrong added a sixth-place finish in the 110 hurdles (14.19). Two Illinois relays also placed – the 1,600, fourth in 3:07.71, and the 400, sixth in 41.39.
Continuing his comeback after losing parts of two toes in a lawnmower accident last summer, Paul McMullen outran Terrance Herrington to win the mile in 3:59.12.
McMullen, as far back as fifth halfway through the race, caught Herrington on the final turn and beat him to the finish in the third sub-4-minute mile at the Drake Relays, now in their 89th year. Herrington also beat 4 minutes, finishing in 3:59.35.
"You've got two guys shoulder to shoulder, coming off the last corner down the straightaway with 15,000 people screaming at them to see who's going to win," said McMullen, the U.S. indoor mile champion this year. "That's what track and field's all about."
On the women's side, former Centennial star Candy Phillips of Eastern Illinois finished fifth in the 100 hurdles (14.50).
UI women third at Penn
The UI's 4x100 relay team of Lyria Martin, Yvonne Harrison, Stacy Ann Grant and Candace Nicholson placed third in Saturday's finals at the Penn Relays, running an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 3:38.28.
In the 100 dash, Illinois' Aspen Burkett took fifth (11.64), three spots ahead of teammate Benita Kelley (11.74).
Lindsay Martin, Lyria Martin, Candace Nicholson and Tara Mendozza added a 14th-place finish in the distance medley relay for the UI.