Yaeger, Falsey set pace on track

Yaeger, Falsey set pace on track

CHAMPAIGN — Courtney Yaeger claimed the 3,000 meters in a personal-best 9 minutes, 39.04 seconds, leading Illinois’ women’s track and field team to the title Saturday at the Illini Classic. Yaeger’s time narrowly missed being one of the top 10 in school history.

Illinois’ Colette Falsey was victorious in the mile, recording a personal-best time of 5:02.81.

In men’s track & field:
Freshman hurdler cruises.
Cam Viney, a freshman, won the 60 hurdles title for the second consecutive week, leading Illinois to victory Saturday at the Illini Classic at the UI Armory.

Viney was clocked in 7.88 seconds, the third-fastest mark in the school’s indoor history.

“Cam Viney once again opened some eyes. He’s really been a surprise,” UI coach Mike Turk said.

In women’s gymnastics:
Kato, teammates beaming despite loss. Sunny Kato tied for first place on balance beam, and the Illini posted the third-best beam score in school history in a 197.350-195.100 loss to second-ranked Michigan at Crisler Center. Kato had a career-high 9.875 on beam, and Illinois scored a 49.250 to edge the Wolverines by 0.025.

Elizabeth McNabb, Kelsi Eberly and Giana O’Connor each posted a 9.850, and Alina Weinstein added a 9.825.

“After floor we talked about putting the event behind us,” UI coach Kim Landrus said after two Illini gymnasts fell. “The message to the team was to attack the beam and own it. They definitely did that. Watching them on beam, you could tell the mind-set had been changed. They were not going to let anything get in their way of wrapping up the meet on a high note.”

In women’s swimming:
Meng shines in loss. Sophomore Alison Meng had a hand in two of the Illini’s three event wins in a 196-102 loss to Iowa at the ARC Pool. Meng won the 100-yard backstroke and combined with Courtney Pope, Erin Lamb and Megan Marchuk on a first-place 400 freestyle relay unit.

Kathleen Knight accounted for the UI’s other win in the 200 butterfly.

In men’s tennis:
Illini take two. Jared Hiltzik, Bruno Abdelnour, Farris Gosea and Ross Guignon won singles matches as No. 16 Illinois rallied past Ball State 4-3 in Carmel, Ind.

“The Cardinals took it to us in doubles,” UI coach Brad Dancer said. “Bruno never got comfortable in his match, never was able to get settled in and play his game. Ball State pushed him to the brink, but he kept his composure and got us over the hump today.”

Earlier Saturday, Illinois beat Toledo 83-42 in a match using an experimental format based on cumulative scoring.

“A very healthy and energetic environment for college tennis was on display. I hope to try it again down the road,” Dancer said.