Armstrong, True head Illini pack
INDIANAPOLIS – Illinois senior Bobby True and sophomore Sherman Armstrong provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championships with victories Saturday at the Cannon IV Classic indoor track and field meet.
True won the 800 meters in 1 minute, 49.35 seconds. Armstrong won the 200 in a personal-best 21.48.
"We were looking to post some quality times today and qualify individuals for the NCAAs, and we accomplished both of those goals," UI coach Gary Wieneke said.
Armstrong also won the 60 hurdles in 7.97.
Centennial product Quincy Washington continued to shine in the 60, the freshman winning in 6.86. George McDonald-Ashford, like Washington also a member of the Illinois football team, was fifth in 6.89.
Kendall McCoy was second in the 400 (48.09) and Tyrone Jones fifth (48.25). Jason Van Swol was fourth in the 800 (1:50.96), and Randy Gillon was fourth in the 60 hurdles (8.15).
Babatunde Ridley, competing in his first indoor long jump since the 1997 NCAA Indoor Championships, placed second at 24 feet, 21/4 inches.
"We competed well, and almost everyone who ran set season-best times," Wieneke said. "Now we can turn some of our focus toward qualifying our relay teams in the final two meets leading up to Big Tens."