Track and Field

Track and Field

Radio special: Illini in Chicago

A slew of Illini Hall of Famers took part in a special three-hour edition of "Saturday SportsTalk" live from Chicago.

Among the guests who joined Steve Kelly and Loren Tate: Josh Whitman, Lou Henson, Dana Howard, Jim Grabowski, Darrin Fletcher, Dave Downey, Tara Hurless, Kendall Gill, Bruce Douglas, Deron Williams, Nancy Brookhart Cherin and Scott Langley.

VIDEO: Illinois hosts Hall of Fame Gala at Field Museum

Illinois hosted its second Hall of Fame Gala at the Field Museum in Chicago on Friday. Check out highlights and hear from several inductees in the video below.

Howard 'having a ball' ahead of induction

CHICAGO — Dana Howard has a busy Hall of Fame year. Beside his Illinois honor, the superstar linebacker is entering the College Football Hall of Fame in December.

Welcome to the Hall: 20 former Illini to be honored with Henson

Ahead of Friday night's Gala event in Chicago, sports editor MATT DANIELS looks at the other 20 former Illini besides Lou Henson who will be recognized:

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Football, wrestling

Davis, Rabinowitz take top Illini honor

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois men's track and field athlete Jon Davis and Illinois women's tennis player Mia Rabinowitz each won the Illini's Freshman of the Year accolade, announced Wednesday by the Illinois Division of Intercollegiate Athletics.

Votes from Illinois head coaches, DIA executive staff and the DIA athletics awards committee picked the two winners.

Kendziera collects two medals at NCAA Championships

EUGENE, Ore. — David Kendziera was a whisker away from an NCAA title.

Officially, it was 0.01 seconds.

That's all that seperated the Illinois redshirt senior from his first-ever national championship in the final meet of his college career.

Kendziera advances to NCAA finals

EUGENE, Ore. — Illinois hurdler David Kendziera advanced to the finals in both the 110- and 400-meter hurdles after clocking top-3 times in both events Wednesday at the NCAA outdoor championships in Eugene, Ore.

Kendziera ran the 400 hurdles in 49.54 seconds for the second-fastest overall time, while finishing third overall in the 110 hurdles with a 13.43 clocking.

Seven Illini bound for NCAA outdoor championships

Counting hurdling standout David Kendziera, the Illini will have seven athletes at the premier outdoor track and field event that starts today at Hayward Field on the University of Oregon campus. Staff writer SCOTT RICHEY caught up with them:

Finding rhythm: Illini hurdler set for college finale

EUGENE, Ore. — David Kendziera watched Aries Merritt closely during warmups for the 110-meter hurdles at the Mt. SAC Relays in Torrance, Calif. The Illinois redshirt senior took in everything Merritt did at the April meet, looking for any tips or tricks he could incorporate into his own training.

Kowalczyk to retire

The man who bridged the gap in leadership for the Illinois athletic department from the time Mike Thomas was fired to the time Josh Whitman was hired will retire from the university.

Paul Kowalczyk will step aside as the Illini's executive senior associate athletic director, effective Aug. 31, following more than 30 years of working in college athletics.