Justin Spring hoping for history

This weekend, Justin Spring can accomplish something no coach has in the rich history of Illini men's gymnastics.

Not Hartley Price and Charlie Pond, each U.S. Gymnastics Hall of Fame inductees. Not Yoshi Hayasaki, the program's winningest coach and a former collegiate national coach of the year. Even they did not win a Big Ten Championships title in their first try, something that's within the grasp of first-year head coach Spring.

Women's gymnasts seeded third

INDIANAPOLIS — The 13th-ranked Illinois women’s gymnastics team earned the third seed in the Central Regional, which begins Saturday in Lexington, Ky.

Illinois received a regional invite for the seventh year in a row and earned a top-18 seed for the second straight year.

Roundup: Starkell honored; golf teams deliver

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Illinois' Bob Starkell was named Big Ten co-Coach of the Year on Saturday. The rest of the day didn't go so well for the Illini.

No. 13 Illinois, hoping to contend for a league title, finished sixth at the Big Ten Championships at Ohio State. An injury to Melissa Fernandez forced Starkell to adjust on the fly.

McHugh goes long, breaks school mark

ATLANTA – Illinois junior Matt McHugh shattered his school record in the hammer throw Friday night, throwing 197 feet, 4 inches to place second at Georgia Tech's Yellow Jacket Invitational.

McHugh of Exeter, N.H., topped his previous best of 190-4, which he set last season at the Illinois Invitational.

Illini gymnasts continue to make strides

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Bob Starkell's to-do list with the Illinois women's gymnastics program keeps getting shorter and shorter.

Firs team appearance in the NCAA Championships? Check.

Dergo, Blanton take fifth place

OMAHA, Neb. – Illinois wrestlers John Dergo and Jordan Blanton each rebounded from consolation semifinal defeats to finish in fifth place Saturday at the NCAA Championships.

Dergo (184 pounds) lost to fourth-seeded Mike Cannon of American 7-5 before bouncing back to beat fifth-seeded Clayton Foster of Oklahoma State 10-4.

Illini open WNIT at Western Kentucky

Guerra to play for Puerto Rico national team

Gay's pitching keeps Illini hot

COLUMBIA, Mo. – The Illinois softball team won its 10th straight game Saturday, beating Bradley 5-1 behind pitcher Pepper Gay's seven strikeouts in the Children's Hospital Invitational.

The 21st-ranked Illini improved to 16-1. Their game against No. 3 Missouri later Saturday was rained out. Jessica Davis' two-out double in the fifth inning drove in three runs and broke the game open.

Koschmann increases lead

ORANGE PARK, Fla. — Illinois' Hailey Koschmann carded a second-round 70 to take a 5-stroke lead into today's final round at the JMU Eagle Landing Invitational.

Koschmann, who was at 5-under-par 139, helped lead the Illini to third place in the team standings at 602. Central Arkansas was first at 596, and South Florida was second at 599.

Ruggeri, Mizoguchi pace UI gymnasts

IOWA CITY, Iowa – Paul Ruggeri (parallel bars, high bar) and Tyler Mizoguchi (rings, all-around) won a pair of events Sunday, leading the fourth-ranked Illinois men's gymnastics team to an impressive 357.500-346.600 victory against No. 10 Iowa.

The Illini (10-0, 8-0 Big Ten) posted a season-high team score en route to winning five of six individual events.