Track and Field

Track and Field

Seymour not set on 2020 Olympics

RANTOUL — Don’t pencil Pedrya Seymour in for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics just yet.

Yes, the redshirt junior Illinois hurdler made the unprecedented move of qualifying for her first Olympics four months after first running the 100 hurdles competitively.

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Join the News Gazette sports writers as they broadcast from T&T Tavern in Rantoul. Tonight's guest: Olympian & Illini Women's Track star Pedrya Seymour.


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Top of the Morning, Aug. 17, 2016

In his 50 remarkable years at The News-Gazette, Loren Tate figures he’s written 13,000 columns. That’s a ton of “Tatelines.”

Seymour's rapid rise sees Olympics

CHAMPAIGN — Pedrya Seymour was recruited to Illinois by former track and field coach Tonja Buford-Bailey primarily for how quickly she could cover 400 meters.

That was Seymour’s race — the 400, 1,600 relay and especially the 400 hurdles.

Eight Illini connections at Rio Olympic Games

Eight with UI connections are at the Rio Games. A quick breakdown:

Jill Ellis, United States
Women’s soccer coach

The reigning CONCACAF and FIFA Women’s Coach of the Year has an Olympic favorite in a team coming off a World Cup victory last year.

Coaches take advantage of new bylaw

CHAMPAIGN — Retweet. Like. Share.

All new actions for coaching staffs and athletic departments to utilize as of midnight Monday. That’s when the new NCAA bylaw officially went into effect, allowing head coaches, assistants, recruiting coordinators or, really, any athletic department staff member to retweet a recruit’s tweet, like a photo on Instagram or share a post off Facebook.

The Big 10 with Jeff D'Alessio, July 31, 2016

Ready or not, Rio, the Summer Games commence in five days. Here's Part 2 of our miniseries asking locals with Olympic resumes to share the memory that always draws laughs or gasps, no matter how many times they tell it. (Here's part 1)

Tate: Delany showing few downsides

CHICAGO — It is not the personal plan of 68-year-old Jim Delany to be on hand ­— so he says — when the Big Ten’s new six-year media rights deal (reported at $2.64 billion) runs out in 2023.

“I have a lot of energy and interest,” he said Tuesday at the league’s annual media days event, “but six years is probably beyond where I see it.

The Big 10 with Jeff D'Alessio, July 24, 2016

With the Olympics almost here, we asked 10 who wore their country's colors to share the story that's sure to draw laughs or gasps, no matter how many times they tell it.


Centennial High alum, Team USA speedskater at '94 Winter Games in Lillehammer

Sunday Conversation: Howard Milton

A part of the Illinois athletic department since 2001, Howard Milton last week was named Illinois’ senior associate director of athletics for development. He spent the previous 11 years as a development officer, helping oversee Illinois’ Renaissance project of the $169.5 million renovation of State Farm Center.