Track and Field

Track and Field

Kentucky Derby preview with Kurt Becker

Kurt Becker called Kentucky Derby wins by Silver Charm (1997) and Real Quiet (1998) in his role as track announcer at Churchill Downs and was an NBCSports Radio analyst for last year’s win by American Pharoah. The Altamont native, whose father, Carl, revitalized the University of Illinois horse farm, will be back on the call Saturday.

Chancellor OKs mascot search

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URBANA — Nine years after the retirement of Chief Illiniwek, the University of Illinois is launching a process to choose a “first-ever” athletic mascot.

Illini Legends, Lists and Lores: 1981 UI baseball

Thirty-five years ago this week — May 3, 1981 — the Illini baseball team swept Northwestern in a Big Ten-ending series.

The 4-1 and 6-0 victories gave Illinois a final conference record of 11-3, enough to send it into the first Big Ten playoffs.

Todd Schmitke supported Randy Conte’s three-hit gem in the opener with a two-RBI single.

Tate: Q&A with Josh Whitman

Money, money, money! Some describe the NCAA as the sports version of Monopoly.

Illinois now officially lists its athletic budget at $110 million, this year incorporating State Farm Center operating costs and debt service into what had previously been accepted as a number somewhere over $80 million.

UI roundup: Illini men win at Drake Relays

DES MOINES, Iowa — The Illinois men’s track and field team won its fourth consecutive Hy-Vee Cup at the prestigious Drake Relays, relying on two runner-up finishes Saturday to take home the hardware.

Illinois edged Texas for the title with 24 points as Mo Maat, Joe Haight, Cam Viney and Konrad Eiring placed second in the sprint medley relay with a time of 3 minutes, 23.05 seconds.

UI roundup: Tennis teams advance in league tourneys

MINNEAPOLIS — Illinois men’s tennis lost just three Big Ten matches in the 2016 regular season. Two came to Northwestern and Ohio State, the only teams seeded better than the Illini in the Big Ten tournament.

UI roundup: McFadden wins again at London

LONDON — After starting the week by winning her fourth consecutive Boston Marathon, former Illini Tatyana McFadden completed a quartet of London wheelchair titles.

McFadden won in 1 hour, 44 minutes, 14 seconds for her fourth title in four tries.

Tate: Shine fades from men's spring teams

With last year’s 50-victory rampage a fading memory, Dan Hartleb’s Illini baseball team arose this morning with its back to the wall.

After Saturday’s unimpressive 9-1 loss to Ohio State, the teams will match 5-6 conference records at 1 p.m. here today with the realization that it’ll probably take .500 or better to reach the eight-team Big Ten tournament.

UI roundup: Viney, Seymour thrill home fans

CHAMPAIGN — Cam Viney had no stage fright as a result of being in front of a home crowd for the first time this season.

The Illinois hurdler captured the 110- and 400-meter titles Saturday in the Illinois Twilight meet, pacing the UI men’s team.

His season-best time of 50.66 seconds was tops in the 400 hurdles while his clocking of 14.04 seconds led the 110 hurdles competition.

U of I Men's and Women's Track

The University of Illinois Men's and Women's Twilight/Senior Day Track and Field Meet. Saturday, April 23, 2016 University of Illinois Track.