Track and Field

Track and Field

Price tag for UI's new soccer/track complex jumps 50% to $20 million

CHAMPAIGN — The price tag for a new track and soccer complex at the University of Illinois has jumped by 50 percent, to more than $20 million.

UI officials say competition for Champaign-Urbana construction companies and rising prices for steel and aluminum are two factors in the cost increase for the Demirjian Park Project along St. Mary's Road in Champaign.

Saturday's UI roundup: Title shots upcoming for tennis teams

LINCOLN, Neb. — Back-to-back sweeps have the Illinois women's tennis team in the Big Ten conference finals for the first time since 2011.

The Illini's 4-0 semifinal victory over Wisconsin on Saturday afternoon set up a championship match at noon today against top-seeded Michigan. The Wolverines won the regular season matchup 4-3 on April 7 in Urbana.

Illini tennis teams advance to semifinals at Big Ten tournament

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — A slow start in doubles created a deficit for the Illinois men's tennis team to overcome.

But the Illini found a way to pass their first test at the Big Ten championships, rallying for a 4-2 victory against Purdue on Friday afternoon.

Illinois, the No. 2 seed, will meet No. 3 seed Penn State in today's semifinals at 1 p.m.

Patel cashes in for top overall prize

CHAMPAIGN — Evan Patel trains with the University of Illinois Track Club.

That meant the junior biology major had plenty of pals joining him in Friday night's 5K to kick off the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon weekend.

Naturally, when buddies get sucked into the spirit of competition, money can get involved.

Asmussen | Fleet-footed Illini icon Virgin returns home

It's going to be a busy week for Craig Virgin.

The Illinois track and cross-country icon — part of the first class for the school's athletic Hall of Fame — loves to talk about running.

Saturday's UI roundup: Illini edge by Nittany Lions

CHAMPAIGN — A five-run first inning got the Illinois baseball team going much faster Saturday afternoon than the team had one night earlier.

For all intents and purposes, though, the result ended up the same: with an Illini victory.

Friday's UI roundup: Illini softball left out in cold in series opener

URBANA — What a difference a few days made for the Illinois softball team.

A favorable wind direction — and warm weather — greeted the Illini on Wednesday afternoon. Illinois cashed in for 13 runs in a 13-4 home drubbing of Southern Illinois-Edwardsville.

Saturday's UI roundup: Illini softball splits road doubleheader

IOWA CITY, Iowa. — A comeback was required for the Illinois softball team to leave Bob Pearl Softball Complex with a series victory.

Saturday's UI roundup: Diab, Carter emerge as Big Ten champs

IOWA CITY, IOWA — Make it four in a row.

Senior Alex Diab captured his fourth straight Big Ten title on still rings Saturday night at the Big Ten Championships in Iowa City, scoring 14.975 in the event to become just the second gymnast in conference history to win four straight Big Ten titles in any event.

Whitman, Illini remain all in on hockey

Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman set a tentative initial goal of having a decision on Division I hockey at Illinois — one way or the other — by the end of 2018.

The end of the year came and passed without an answer, the timeline for such pushed back until spring.

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