Illinois gymnastics embraces NCAA regional hosting duties

CHAMPAIGN — The stage is set.

A much bigger one at that.

The Illinois women's gymnastics team will host a six-team NCAA regional meet that starts at 4 p.m. Saturday at State Farm Center, the first time the program has hosted an NCAA regional since 2012.

First report in five years shows UI athletes making grade

URBANA — Illinois athletes maintained an overall grade point average of 3.16 last fall, and by some measures have graduation rates comparable to the broader student body, according to data supplied to the campus Academic Senate.

UI roundup: Quiana wins gymnastics award

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois men’s gymnast Sebastian Quiana on Monday was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week.

Quiana, a two-time winner of the first-year athlete award, took first place in the pommel horse and floor during Illinois’ home loss to Ohio State last Friday.

Quiana recorded a 14.950 score on the floor, the fifth-highest mark in the NCAA this season.

UI Roundup: Wonderly no-hits the Hawkeyes

IOWA CITY, Iowa — The Illinois softball team opened Big Ten play Friday with a dominant all-around performance against Iowa.

Senior pitcher Breanna Wonderly fired a no-hitter and three Illini launched home runs as Illinois beat Iowa 8-0 in 5 innings at Pearl Field.

UI roundup: Feagles helps men's golf to top spot

SAN ANTONIO — Freshman Michael Feagles carded an 11-under 133 over two rounds Monday to lead Illinois men’s golf at the UTSA/Lone Star Invitational.

Feagles was just 1 stroke behind individual leader Max McGreevy of Oklahoma following the tournament’s first day.

Martinez pinned, falls in NCAA title match

ST. LOUIS — Isaiah Martinez wrestled the 100th match of his career Saturday night at Scottrade Center, donning his orange singlet reserved solely for national championships against Penn State’s Vincenzo Joseph in the 165-pound title match.

UI roundup: Tuesday baseball game held off

CHAMPAIGN — The Illinois baseball team’s scheduled home opener Tuesday against Northern Illinois has been canceled because of forecasted cold temperatures.

UI Roundup: Wells breaks Illini record; pair named All-Americans

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — David Kendziera placed fourth in the 60-meter hurdles and Jonathan Wells broke his own Illinois school record in the heptathlon, as both Illini earned first-team All-America honors at the NCAA indoor track and field championships on Saturday.

Kendizera posted a time of 7.73 seconds in the hurdles finals, while Wells tallied 5,786 points.

UI roundup: Softball closes event with victory

BATON ROUGE, La. — Stephanie Abello cracked a two-run, pinch-hit homer in the sixth inning Sunday for Illinois softball, lifting her team to a 5-3 win over Troy to conclude the LSU Invitational.

The Illini improved to 12-6 on the season with a 4-1 showing at the event.

UI roundup: Martinez to compete for Big Ten title

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — The Illinois wrestling team began the first day of the 2017 Big Ten Championships with some ups and downs.

The Illini finished the day in sixth place with 71 points. First-place Ohio State leads the competition with 117 points.

The Illini will send seven of their 10 wrestlers into Sunday’s action.