Track and Field

Track and Field

'Champ' proponents make pitch to UI trustees; Chief defenders critical

URBANA — "Champ" made his official pitch to be the University of Illinois mascot Thursday, with an ROTC student showing up in full costume to greet UI trustees.

UI sophomore Mike Skibski presented the idea for a World War I soldier to represent the Fighting Illini during the public comment section of the board's meeting at the Illini Union.

UI notes: Fisher's arm, Yalowitz's bat key in series-opening win

PHOENIX — Andy Fisher came six outs short of a no-hitter in Friday night's series opener at Grand Canyon.

Jack Yalowitz made sure the left-hander's efforts were rewarded.

Yalowitz posted five RBI, including a pair of solo home runs, Fisher allowed only one hit in seven-plus innings and the Illini won 6-3 over the Antelopes.

Latest Hall of Fame class features 16 decorated former UI athletes and coaches

CHAMPAIGN — The latest Illinois athletics Hall of Fame class will receive their recognition during a formal ceremony at State Farm Center on Sept. 20.

Much like the first two classes did.

UI unveils Hall of Fame Class of '19

The  UI Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2019 was unveiled this morning and includes:

UI's new track set to be named after legendary coach Wieneke

URBANA — Like Zuppke Field at Memorial Stadium and Lou Henson Court at State Farm Center, the new University of Illinois track will be named after a legendary coach: Gary Wieneke.

After many of his former athletes launched a naming campaign in their coach's honor, the distinction appears set for approval at next week's UI Board of Trustees meeting.

Illini legend passes away

CHAMPAIGN — One of the standouts in Illinois men’s track and field history has died.

Willie Williams, inducted this past fall into the second-ever class of the Illinois athletics Hall of Fame, died at the age of 87.

Saturday's UI roundup: Baseball clinches series against Owls

BOCA RATON, Fla. — Andy Fisher gave up just one run on two hits to lead Illinois baseball to a 5-3 win over Florida Atlantic on Saturday that clinched the three-game weekend series on the road.

Fisher tied a career high with nine strikeouts in six innings on the mound, while the Illini (5-0) plated two runs in both the third and sixth innings to remain unbeaten this season.

Korte, Illini use late rally to down Owls

BOCA RATON, Fla. — Illinois baseball had the rally caps working late in Friday night's series opener at Florida Atlantic.

Jeff Korte clubbed a game-tying three-run homer to right field and Zac Taylor earned a bases-loaded walk to plate the go-ahead run as the Illini rallied for four runs in the ninth inning before eventually collecting a stunning 7-6 victory over the host Owls.

Illini Legends, Lists and Lore: Feb. 17, 2019

On this date 64 years ago, Ira Carrithers, one of the University of Illinois' most prominent athletes of the George Huff coaching era, died in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, at the age of 70.

Saturday's UI roundup: Baseball knocks off No. 20 Wake Forest

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Illinois baseball balanced good arms with strong bats Saturday afternoon to claim a 5-2 victory over No. 20 Wake Forest.