Schmidt delivers for gymnasts

CHAMPAIGN – The pressure was on for Sarah Schmidt on Sunday. Heading into the final floor routine, the Illini senior needed to score better than 9.825 to give Illinois a victory against Michigan State.

"Sarah knew she needed a pretty good score, and she came through an impressive performance," Illini coach Bob Starkell said after Schmidt posted a 9.925 to give Illinois the inaugural Victory Plank trophy with a 195.600-195.500 win. "She didn't crunch the numbers to know how good of a score she needed, but she knew she could do it, and this was a great showing from her."

Bizzarri ties UI record

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Illinois senior Angela Bizzarri tied a 22-year-old school record while winning the mile run Saturday at the Tyson Invitational women's indoor track and field meet.

Mori powers No. 1 gymnasts

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Freshman Yoshi Mori won the all-around, parallel bars and high bar to lead top-ranked Illinois past No. 5 Ohio State in men's gymnastics Saturday.

Bates is great in Illini victory

CHAMPAIGN – Melissa Bates won the 200- and 400-meter dashes and also anchored Illinois' winning 1,600 relay as the Illini women's track and field team won Saturday's nine-team Carle/Health Alliance Classic at the UI Armory.

Bates' time in the 400 (54.74 seconds) provisionally qualifies her for the NCAA Indoor Championships.

5 O'Clock Shadow

Three Illini gymnasts were selected Monday as Big Ten weekly award winners.

Dergo shines in defeat

AMES, Iowa – Illinois had a hard time getting started in its final tuneup for the Big Ten wrestling season.

No. 2 Iowa State dominated the Illini 33-9 before 2,812 fans at Hilton Coliseum.

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Shroka leads way

CHAMPAIGN – Greg Shroka's indoor personal-best mark in the high jump was one of six events captured by the Illinois men's track and field team in Saturday's season-opening dual meet loss to Iowa.

Shroka jumped 7 feet, 0 1/4-inch to win the event at the Illinois Armory.

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Men's gymnastics team rates second in league

CHAMPAIGN – Big Ten coaches voted Justin Spring's Illinois men's gymnastics team second in a conference preseason poll released Wednesday.

Illinois, which shared the 2009 Big Ten title with Michigan, trailed the Wolverines in the balloting.