Track and Field
Former Illinois track and field standout Gia Lewis-Smallwood ended her 2014 season with a first-place showing in the Continental Cup’s discus event on Saturday.
GLASGOW, Scotland — Former Illini track and field athlete Andrew Riley made his experience in the 20th Commonwealth Games one he will always remember.
Riley earned his first major international victory by capturing gold in the event’s 110-meter hurdles. His time of 13.32 bested England’s William Sharman by four hundredths of a second.
CHAMPAIGN — The swanky Colonnades Club at Memorial Stadium hosts 1,000-plus Illinois football fans on Saturdays in the fall.
In the offseason, the calendar is crammed with wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners and private parties.
Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase marries high school sweetheart Morgan in Kansas City, Mo., and has three Illini teammates serve as groomsmen.
Top Male Athletes
1. Jesse Delgado, wrestling. Back-to-back national champion at 125 pounds first to do so in Illini history at that weight class. Best news? He still has a year of eligibility left.
1. National champions don’t happen every year, but with Jesse Delgado winning one in wrestling and Jordan Valdez doing the same in men’s gymnastics, Illini could brag about those two accomplishments.
1. Kevin Hambly’s intense speech to his Illini volleyball team after it lost the first two sets to visiting Michigan on Nov. 6. With its postseason hopes seemingly evaporating, Illinois responded and dug deep to pull out a 3-2 win in the season-turning match.
Why a B: No repeat trip to NCAA tournament, but a solid Big Ten showing.
High point: Beating Indiana 2-1 April 26 at home to end Hoosiers’ 10-game conference winning streak.
Low point: Losing twice to Michigan State in three-day span at the Big Ten tournament, costing them an NCAA berth.
Big Ten finish: Third
At 35, Gia Lewis-Smallwood is still going strong. The former Centennial and Illini athlete just won the U.S. discus title. Staff writer Bob Asmussen caught up with the 2012 Olympian, who was on a flight Thursday for upcoming meets in Paris and Glasgow, Scotland.
Tell me about your latest win.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Gia Lewis-Smallwood continued an impressive post-graduate career in discus, winning her second consecutive title in the USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships on Sunday.