Riley named Bowerman finalist

CHAMPAIGN — Former Illini Andrew Riley was named a finalist for the Bowerman Award, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced Friday.

The award is given annually to the nation's most outstanding male and female collegiate track and field athletes.

Current Illini Ashley Spencer was named a semifinalist for the female honor earlier this month. She was not chosen as a finalist Friday.

Besides Riley, the Bowerman Advisory Board selected Southern Utah's Cam Levins and Florida's Tony McQuay as finalists. The winner will be announced Dec. 19 in conjunction with the USTFCCCA Convention in Orlando, Fla.

Beginning July 9, fans can visit TheBowerman.org to submit their choices; online voting will account for one full vote in the process.

Today, Riley will try to qualify for the London Olympics in the 110-meter hurdles for Jamaica.

Riley must post a top-three time to earn a spot. He has the second-fastest time (13.25 seconds) entering the weekend.

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