Pole vaulter Bane reaches fifth-best mark in school history

Pole vaulter Bane reaches fifth-best mark in school history

By The News-Gazette
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Illinois pole vaulter Matthew Bane won his second title of the year Saturday, setting the fifth-highest mark in program history at the Indiana Relays track and field meet.

The Illini junior cleared a personal-best 17 feet, 8 1/2 inches.

Senior Ryan Lynn (800 meters invitational) also won an event title for Illinois.

The Illini foursome of Malcolm Taylor, Juan-Paul Green, Stephon Pamilton and DJ Zahn finished first in the 1,600 relay.

Junior Vanier Joseph finished second in the 60 hurdles with the third-fastest time (7.83 seconds) in team history.

“I’m pleased with the progress we showed this weekend,” UI coach Mike Turk said. “Our focus each meet is to compete and make the most of our opportunities. We were very competitive, and the effort led to several first-place finishes, seasonal and personal bests. We even came home with a new school record and a couple of other excellent performances.

“There’s more for us to accomplish; we just need to focus on improving in practice and competing to the best of our ability.”

In women’s track & field:
Richartz second. Illini junior Stephanie Richartz placed second in the pole vault invitational at the Indiana Relays, clearing a season-best 13-5 1/4.

In women’s swimming:
Sluggish start hurts Illini. The Illini won four events in a 194-106 loss to visiting Nebraska, which broke three ARC Pool records.

“Nebraska came in and was ready to go,” Illinois head coach Sue Novitsky said. “We didn’t have a very good start to the meet at all, and I just didn’t think we were a very good team through those first seven events. We did not execute as well as I thought we could have.

“After the first break, I thought we were better and more aggressive, but those close races just weren’t falling our way today.”

Placing first for the Illini were Alison Meng in the 100-yard backstroke, Kathleen Knight in the 200 butterfly, Erica Lynn in the 200 breaststroke and Sarah Sykstus in the 200 individual medley.

In women’s gymnastics:
Weinstein shows way. Alina Weinstein won the all-around and two event titles to lead Illinois to a 196.125-193.350 victory against Michigan State at Huff Hall.

Weinstein and Giana O’Connor gave the UI a 1-2 finish in the all-around. Weinstein also placed first in floor exercise and uneven parallel bars.

O’Connor and teammate Sarah Fiedler shared the balance beam title.

In men’s golf:
Illini keep grip on Tinervin. The Illini improved to 10-0 in the annual Tinervin Cup with an 8-1 victory against Illinois State at Placida, Fla.

Illinois swept the morning’s doubles competition before going 5-1 in singles during the afternoon. Thomas Pieters, Thomas Detry, Brian Campbell, David Kim and Mason Jacobs each won in singles and doubles for the Illini.

“It was a productive weekend,” Illini coach Mike Small said. “We got some competition under our belt and identified some things we need to work on before the Big Ten Match Play tournament in two weeks.”

In men’s tennis:
Illini fall again. No. 16 Illinois finished 0-2 in the ITA Kick-off Weekend after falling to No. 24 Tulsa 4-2 at Atkins Tennis Center.

After losing the doubles point, the Illini (2-2) rallied to tie the score at 2-2 on wins by Jared Hiltzik at No. 1 singles and Ross Guignon at No. 6 singles.

But Tulsa (1-3) won two singles matches to end the dual meet.