He’s got one of the best nicknames of all time: “The Vaulting Vicar.” At the Helsinki and Melbourne Olympics in 1952 and ‘56, former Illini Bob Richards won consecutive gold medals. At age 88, the one-time Wheaties box coverboy is still going strong. Staff writer Bob Asmussen caught up to Richards earlier in the week at his ranch in Texas:
CHAMPAIGN — Illinois senior Vanier Joseph was named Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week, the conference announced Wednesday.
Joseph won the 110-meter hurdles title for the second consecutive year at the Drake Relays.
Gosea feted. Farris Gosea, who went 6-0 at the Big Ten men’s tennis tournament, is Illinois’ latest Scholar-Athlete recipient.
ROSEMONT — Illinois senior Ember Schuldt was named to the All-Big Ten second team in women’s golf, the conference announced Tuesday.
Rod Lovett’s position on the UI track and field coaching staff was eliminated in August 1989, shortly after he had signed a year’s lease locally on an apartment. He accepted a part-time position at Parkland College to help pay the bills. “It was a stopgap,” Lovett said.
EAST LANSING, Mich. — Bring on Ohio State. Again.
The Illinois men’s tennis team will get a chance to win its second Big Ten tournament title in the past three seasons at 11 a.m. Sunday against the heralded Buckeyes after the second-seeded Illini blanked sixth-seeded Michigan 4-0 on Saturday in the semifinals.
URBANA — Brandi Needham scattered five hits in six innings, leading Illinois to a 10-2 Big Ten softball victory Friday against fourth-ranked Michigan at Eichelberger Field.
Brittany Sanchez went 3 for 4 with three RBI for the Illini, who received two hits and three RBI from Jess Perkins.
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.
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.
In men’s golf:
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.