Two Illini earn second-team All-America honors

Two Illini earn second-team All-America honors

EUGENE, Ore. — Illinois’ Joe McAsey earned second-team All-America honors, placing 14th in the 800-meter semifinals Wednesday at the NCAA Track and Field Championships.

McAsey was clocked in 1 minute, 49.67 seconds. Mississippi State’s Brandon McBride posted the top time in 1:48.09.

In the women’s 400 hurdles semifinals, Illinois’ Jesica Ejesieme was 15th in 58.34 seconds and claimed second-team All-America honors.

In the men’s 400 semifinals, Illinois’ DJ Zahn was 22nd in 47.30.

In the men’s 400 hurdles semifinals, Illinois’ Cam Viney was 22nd in 53.09.

In golf:
Illini add outdoor practice facility.
Illinois’ golf program is taking its act outdoors thanks to James and Kay Lauritsen, Albert Wohlers and their families.

The university announced Wednesday the creation of the Lauritsen/Wohlers Outdoor Practice Facility.

Construction of the $2 million facility, with a $3.5 million endowment, began June 2. A dedication is planned this fall.

The outdoor facility will be adjacent to the J.G. Demirjian Indoor Golf Practice Facility in Urbana.

“The Lauritsen and Wohlers families have supported the university and the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics for many years, and this gift shows their vision and commitment to our championship golf program,” Illinois athletic director Mike Thomas said. “When you add the great support of five extremely successful Illinois alumni in Steve Stricker, Don Edwards, Brent Wadsworth, Art Wyatt and Steve Wymer, this project reflects the impact of Illinois golf on multiple generations of Illini student-athletes and provides for future generations. This facility will keep Illinois at the forefront of college golf and will be a model for programs across the country.”

Future Illini stays alive at State Am. Dana Gattone, who will play for the Illini beginning this fall, defeated Alyssa Gaudio 2 and 1 in the championship flight of the Illinois State Women’s Amateur on Wednesday at Crestwicke Country Club in Bloomington.

Gattone next is scheduled to play Taylor Arenson of Naperville.

In soccer:
Rayfield accepts call to lead camp. 
Illini soccer coach Janet Rayfield will lead the U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team for the remainder of its Olympic training camp in Chula Vista, Calif.

With coach Steve Swanson joining the full national team for its camp and matches against France, Rayfield took over the reins of the current training camp, which runs through Saturday.

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