Riley makes Jamaican national team

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Andrew Riley — already a two-time national champion — won the 110-meter hurdles crown Sunday at the Jamaican National Championships, placing the Illinois senior-to-be on his country’s national team for the World Championships.

Riley, who won the event in 13.36 seconds, will run for Jamaica Aug. 27-Sept. 4 in Daegu, South Korea.

“It is a big honor for Andrew to be his nation’s champion,” UI hurdles coach Tonja Buford-Bailey said. “He has had a great season, and we have worked on a lot of things to get to this point. This will be his first major national team, so it is really exciting for him. He was able to beat the national record-holder (Dwight Thomas, who clocked 13.38 in the final) in a head-to-head competition, which really says a lot about what Andrew can do against top competition.”

At the U.S. Championships in Eugene, Ore., Illini Cody Wisslead made it to the 400 hurdles semifinals, where he ended 13th.

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