Andrew Riley made history again Saturday.
The Illinois senior from Jamaica became the first person to win the high hurdles and 100 meters in an NCAA championship meet.
Riley added his second 110-meter hurdles title in three years to his surprise win in Friday's 100 meters at Drake Stadium in Des Moines.
The 100 triumph had made him the first to win the NCAA 100 and hurdles in a career.
"This means a lot to me because I want to do something no other hurdler has done before," Riley said via text message. "I have worked very hard this year, and it has been paying off."
Running into a headwind of 7.8 miles per hour and knocking down three of the 10 hurdles, Riley clocked 13.53 seconds to beat Wayne Davis of Texas A&M by .07.
Former NFL wide receiver Willie Gault (Tennessee), a starter on the Bears 1986 Super Bowl champions, finished second in both in 1982. Gail Devers (UCLA) was first in the 100 and third in the hurdles in 1988.
Devers went on to win two Olympic titles and a world title in the 100 and three world titles in the hurdles, taking both events at the 1993 worlds. Gault finished third in the hurdles at the 1983 worlds, where he also ran a leg on the U.S. sprint relay that took gold in a world-record time.
Riley won the hurdles in 2010 but was upset last year by LSU's Barrett Nugent, who finished fourth Saturday. In that race, a strong tailwind made it hard for Riley to manage his speed, fastest of any elite hurdler in the world.
"I liked the headwind more than the tailwind because with the flat speed I have, I would be getting too close to the hurdles," he added in the text message.
An hour before the hurdles, Riley had run the lead leg on an Illinois sprint relay that was disqualified after dropping the baton on the final exchange.
Riley, reigning Jamaican champion in the hurdles, said in a Tribune interview last week that he would run only that event at his country's Olympic trials later this month because Jamaica's depth of sub-10 runners in the 100 is so imposing.
"I have to stick to the hurdles because that is the only thing I can try to dominate right now," Riley said after winning the 100 Friday.
Riley's personal best for the 100 (10.02), which he ran in Wednesday's semifinals, has been bettered by only 12 runners in the world this year - but six of them are Jamaican.
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