Team to compete at Indiana Relays Friday, Saturday


Photo Courtesy of Illini Athletics

High jumper Jonathan Wells clears the bar during the Illini Invitational on Saturday at the Armory. Wells won the high jump title at the meet.

By Renato Arteaga and Savaughn Anderson

The Illinois men’s track and field team will compete at the Indiana University Relays at the Harry Gladstein Fieldhouse in Bloomington, Indiana Friday and Saturday.

At the two-day event, Illinois will face Big Ten rival, Indiana. The relays mark the men’s second away meet of the season and the second weekend in a row that Indiana will be hosting an invitational competition at home. 

Illinois placed eighth at its first meet of the season, the Larry Wieczorek Invitational, at the University of Iowa. 

Six-time All American redshirt-senior Jonathan Wells will be representing Illinois in the high jump and will face Indiana’s Freshman Grayson Rolen, who also placed first in his most recent high jump event.

At previous indoor meets, including the Illini Invitational, the team won seven titles events including high jump, the 20-meter dash, and the 4×400 meter relay.

The Illini Invitational took place at the Armory on Friday and Saturday.

Notable performances at Saturday’s Invitational include redshirt-junior Cooper Jazo, who won the pole vault, sophomore Declan Rustay, who won both the 60-meter and 200-meter dash, freshman Jason Thormo, who won the 400-meter dash and freshman Aiden Ouimet, who won the heptathlon.

Thromo, Rutsay, freshman Robert Williams and sophomore Jaden Jackson, were also a part of the 4×400-meter relay team that took home first and concluded the Illini victories for the meet. 

The relays in Indiana will officially start at around 5:00 p.m. for the men, starting with the 60-meter heptathlon, and carry over into the next day. 

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