Track and Field
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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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 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.
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.
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.
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.
CHANTAL (BAILEY) CERMAK
Centennial High alum, Team USA speedskater at '94 Winter Games in Lillehammer
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.