Track and Field
EUGENE, Ore. — Illinois’ Stephanie Richartz placed third in the pole vault, clearing a Big Ten- and school-record 14 feet, 71/4 inches on Thursday at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
Richartz earned All-America honors in the event for the second time outdoors. In 2013, Richartz placed sixth.
EUGENE, Ore. — Illinois’ Davis Fraker placed 11th in the hammer throw Wednesday at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
Fraker threw 214 feet, 3 inches. Southern California’s Conor McCullough won the event with a throw of 252-4.
EUGENE, Ore. — Mike Turk is optimistic a future Olympian is on his Illinois roster.
Along with the possibility of an NCAA champion.
The Illinois men’s track and field coach will start to find out if the latter possibility comes true this week at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, which get underway Wednesday at the University of Oregon.
Ten Illinois men’s track athletes will begin competition in the NCAA Championships on Wednesday in Eugene, Ore., while two from the women’s team start Thursday. Staff writer Scott Richey and photographer Heather Coit spent some time with these 12 Illini before they left Champaign:
Kandie Bloch-Jones, Sophomore
About this time of the year, the University of Illinois typically names its male and female athletes of the year.
On the men’s side of the ledger, the recipients date back to 1940 when football and baseball star Bill Hapac received the initial honor.
Urbana gymnast Nancy Thies was the first female honoree in 1977.
Mike Turk is one of four coaches at Illinois this spring who guided their team to a Big Ten title.
Next up for the Illini men’s track and field coach? The NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore. B
CHAMPAIGN — Heading into next week’s NCAA National Championships, the Illinois men’s track and field team set a new standard.
The Illini checked in at No. 11 Monday in the latest United State Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association National Team Computer Rankings. It is the program’s highest-ever placement in the rankings.
AUSTIN, Texas — Illinois senior Breeana Coleman saw her track and field season end Saturday at the West Preliminary for the NCAA Championships, as her finish in the 100-meter hurdles did not allow her to advance.
Coleman completed the event in 13.60 seconds, finishing in 16th place. The top 12 competitors advanced.
AUSTIN, Texas — Illinois’ DJ Zahn earned the top qualifying time in the men’s 400-meter run Thursday at the NCAA West Preliminaries for the NCAA Track and Field Championships.
Zahn clocked a time of 45.51 seconds to win the preliminary event. Eastern Illinois’ Norvell Mohammed (ninth) and Illinois State’s Anderson Devonish (10th) also advanced.