Lamb & Co. relay their message

Lamb & Co. relay their message

   CHAMPAIGN  Illinois has won a meet-record 123 titles over the years at the Drake Relays.

   Cortney Lamb believes the following equation could add up 124: Barry Pearman plus Dorian Green plus Bobby True plus Lamb.

   "If everybody runs the way they''re capable of running, we should be right there for the win," said Lamb, an Illinois sophomore.

   Last month, the above quartet ran the second-fastest distance medley relay in school history, placing fifth in the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships.

   Coach Gary Wieneke hasn''t finalized his lineup, but says the four may be reunited when the Illini head to Des Moines, Iowa, next weekend.

   "I think we''re strongest when you put together a team of different distances," True said. "If the DMR''s going, we''re going to go fast."

   The relay is divided into four distances: the 1,200 (Lamb), 400 (Green), 800 (True), then 1,600 (Pearman). In Indianapolis last month, they went 9 minutes, 36.35 seconds to earn All-America honors.

   Of the Illini''s top experienced sprinters, Green was the only one to tune up Saturday. Matt Klima was taking medical school entrance exams and freshman phenom Chris Jones continued to rest a strained quadriceps.

   Jones'' status for next weekend is up in the air, like Illinois'' relays.

   "He''s been such an integral part of the relays," Wieneke said. "We''ll probably have two plans  one with him and one without him."