Akinosun nearly sets school mark in 100
AUSTIN, Texas — Freshman Morolake Akinosun ran the second-fastest 100 meters in the history of Illinois women’s track and field Saturday at the Texas Relays.
The former state champion from Waubonsie Valley placed sixth in 11.29 seconds. The UI record of 11.28 was set by Aspen Burkett in 1998.
The Illini 1,600 relay team of Marissa Golliday, Akinosun, Ashley Spencer and Asia Thomas placed fifth in 3:31.63, the third-fastest time in program history.
In men’s track & field:
Zahn, Bane prevail. DJ Zahn swept the 100 and 200 meters to propel Illinois to the title of the 12-team Bill Cornell Spring Classic at Carbondale. Led by Matthew Bane, the Illini swept the top four places in the pole vault.
Illini sweep. The Illini scored their most runs in a game since 2005 en route to a doubleheader sweep of Oakland (Mich.) at Illinois Field.
In the opener, Illinois belted out a season-high 18 hits and rolled to a 21-8 win. UI center fielder Justin Parr went 4 for 6 with four RBI. UI third baseman Brandon Hohl homered and also drove in four runs.
Kevin Duchene (3-0) allowed two runs on seven hits in six innings to earn the win.
In the nightcap, Illinois built a 3-0 lead through six innings and held on for a 3-2 win. Winner John Kravetz (3-0) took a no-hitter into the eighth.
Fifth-year senior Bryan Roberts earned his first save since 2010, aided by left fielder Will Krug’s throw that cut down the potential tying run at the plate to end the game.
Shortstop Thomas Lindauer hit his second homer of the day, a solo shot in the sixth inning, to give Illinois a 3-0 lead.