No hurdles could stand in Illinois'' way Saturday at the NCAA Mideast Track and Field Regional.
The Illini''s Adrian Walker and Abe Reed-Jones finished first and second, respectively, in the 400-meter hurdles final Saturday in Baton Rouge, La. Walker, who finished second to Jones in Friday''s preliminaries, clocked a 50.01 Saturday. Jones clocked a 50.66.
CHAMPAIGN – Ten years ago, Robeson Elementary teacher Barb Good searched for a fun theme to liven up her classroom atmosphere.
"Third grade is so stressful. It's the first grade they take state testing. They have to learn more responsibility than they did in kindergarten, first grade and second grade," she said.
You always knew they were coming every year about this time. First, Athlon Sports. Next, Lindy''s. Two magazines devoted to nothing but Big Ten football. For fans of the conference, they were must-buys.
Now, a third magazine has entered the conference race. The Sporting News, which annually produces the best national magazine, is doing four conference publications as well. Including one on the Big Ten.
URBANA – It's a balmy May afternoon, and a few of the regulars have begun to drift into Les's Lounge and claim their seats around the oval-shaped bar.
The owner, Les Johnson, is perched on one of the bar stools. He can easily name the folks already there and those likely to be dropping by soon.
As a consultant in spring training for the Arizona Diamondbacks, former Illinois baseball coach Lee Eilbracht has the leeway to provide insights on whatever he sees happening on the field.
He once held a similar position with the Montreal Expos, when that organization had a skinny left-hander named Randy Johnson.
Last week, UCLA released an updated study about a college basketball coach''s tactics and what other coaches might learn from them.
The subject of the study hasn''t coached a game in 29 years.
URBANA – Curtis Road, as it bisects the southern edge of Champaign-Urbana, is a typical rural road – a fairly wide two-lane surrounded by mostly farm fields.
While it appears a quiet rural road on the urban fringe, Curtis Road is fast becoming a point of contention as local governments attempt to make plans for the local transportation network.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Four area World War II veterans who laid a wreath Friday at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers said the experience made them think of friends and loved ones who died defending their country.
Steve Johnson, a 79-year-old Army veteran from Champaign, dedicated his participation to the memory of six friends who died as part of an amphibious assault in the Philippines during World War II.
SPRINGFIELD – The retirement systems for university employees, state workers, judges and General Assembly members are still hoping to get the entire $2.4 billion they say they will need for the year beginning July 1, but it appears increasingly likely that the state's budget will provide a lesser amount.
The governor's pension commission released a report late Thursday that makes no specific recommendation but offers four options for the state to address the short-term needs of the retirement systems.
Jones highlights qualifiers. Illinois'' Abe Reed-Jones and Adrian Walker clocked 50.54 and 50.61 seconds, respectively, to qualify for the 400-meter hurdles final at the NCAA Mideast Track and Field Regional in Baton Rouge, La.