Track and Field

Latest victory gives McFadden joy

BOSTON — Tatyana McFadden celebrated her 25th birthday in style Monday.

McFadden, a former University of Illinois student, won the women’s wheelchair race for the second consecutive year. She was timed in 1 hour, 35 minutes, 6 seconds.  

She pulled into the lead near the halfway mark but had company the remainder of the race.


McFadden rises to the top

Tatyana McFadden was returning to her hotel in Boston when she heard a loud noise.

“We could hear something, but we had no idea what it was so we just kept pushing,” she said.

Hours earlier, the then-University of Illinois student had won the women’s wheelchair division of the world’s oldest continuous — and best-known — marathon.


Volleyball enjoys Kenney return

URBANA — The Illinois volleyball team defeated Kentucky during a four-set spring practice match Saturday.

The Illini won 25-22, 25-20, 20-25 and 25-20 at Kenney Gym. The match took place there because of renovation work at Huff Hall.

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Jay, Roper deliver for baseball team

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Drasen Johnson turned in another solid effort on the mound, leading Illinois to a 6-3 Big Ten baseball victory against Penn State on Friday night.

Johnson, who struck out six, allowed nine hits and one earned run in 61/3 innings.


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Women's gymnasts reach nationals

MINNEAPOLIS — The No. 11 Illinois women’s gymnastics team earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships on Saturday night by placing second at the Minneapolis Regional.

With a score of 196.600, the Illini edged No. 14 Minnesota by 0.25 point for the runner-up spot. No. 2 Oklahoma won with a 197.725.


Tennis team continues home streak

URBANA — Tim Kopinski and Blake Bazarnik won in singles and doubles to lead No. 11 Illinois to a 6-1 victory against Michigan State on Friday in men’s tennis at Atkins Tennis Center.

The Illini (15-7) remained unbeaten at home at 8-0 and improved to 4-2 in the Big Ten after capturing their 12th doubles point of the season.


Big Ten reverses UI tennis result

CHAMPAIGN — The result of the March 28 men’s tennis match between Illinois and Penn State was overturned by the Big Ten Conference on Wednesday.

The Nittany Lions filed a protest about the lineup the Illini used in the match at No. 1 and No. 2 singles.

The league’s protest committee agreed with Penn State, awarding the No. 2 singles point to the Nittany Lions.


Eggleston wins title on floor

LINCOLN, Neb. — Illinois gymnast Chandler Eggleston finished first in floor exercise Saturday at the Big Ten Championships.

Eggleston posted a 15.725 in the event.

C.J. Maestas was second on the rings for the Illini, who received second-place showings from Jordan Valdez on the parallel bars and horizontal bar.


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