Track and Field

Track and Field

Kendziera takes 5th in 400 hurdles

DES MOINES, Iowa —Former Illinois hurdler David Kendziera just keeps going on the national stage. And he's not done yet, either.

Kendziera finished fifth in the 400-meter hurdles finals Saturday at the 2018 U.S. Outdoor Track and Field Championships with a time of 49.22 seconds — nearly a second faster than his opening-round clocking.

Build it or 'get lapped'

The night before Friday's Hall of Fame Gala in Chicago, heavyweights from Illinois basketball gathered for a Champions Summit.

The message:

"We need to get busy," senior associate athletic director for development Howard Milton said. "You don't get passed in this, you can get lapped in the Big Ten in terms of facilities."

Radio special: Illini in Chicago

A slew of Illini Hall of Famers took part in a special three-hour edition of "Saturday SportsTalk" live from Chicago.

Among the guests who joined Steve Kelly and Loren Tate: Josh Whitman, Lou Henson, Dana Howard, Jim Grabowski, Darrin Fletcher, Dave Downey, Tara Hurless, Kendall Gill, Bruce Douglas, Deron Williams, Nancy Brookhart Cherin and Scott Langley.

VIDEO: Illinois hosts Hall of Fame Gala at Field Museum

Illinois hosted its second Hall of Fame Gala at the Field Museum in Chicago on Friday. Check out highlights and hear from several inductees in the video below.

Howard 'having a ball' ahead of induction

CHICAGO — Dana Howard has a busy Hall of Fame year. Beside his Illinois honor, the superstar linebacker is entering the College Football Hall of Fame in December.

Davis, Rabinowitz take top Illini honor

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois men's track and field athlete Jon Davis and Illinois women's tennis player Mia Rabinowitz each won the Illini's Freshman of the Year accolade, announced Wednesday by the Illinois Division of Intercollegiate Athletics.

Votes from Illinois head coaches, DIA executive staff and the DIA athletics awards committee picked the two winners.

Welcome to the Hall: 20 former Illini to be honored with Henson

Ahead of Friday night's Gala event in Chicago, sports editor MATT DANIELS looks at the other 20 former Illini besides Lou Henson who will be recognized:

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Football, wrestling

Kendziera collects two medals at NCAA Championships

EUGENE, Ore. — David Kendziera was a whisker away from an NCAA title.

Officially, it was 0.01 seconds.

That's all that seperated the Illinois redshirt senior from his first-ever national championship in the final meet of his college career.

Kendziera advances to NCAA finals

EUGENE, Ore. — Illinois hurdler David Kendziera advanced to the finals in both the 110- and 400-meter hurdles after clocking top-3 times in both events Wednesday at the NCAA outdoor championships in Eugene, Ore.

Kendziera ran the 400 hurdles in 49.54 seconds for the second-fastest overall time, while finishing third overall in the 110 hurdles with a 13.43 clocking.

Finding rhythm: Illini hurdler set for college finale

EUGENE, Ore. — David Kendziera watched Aries Merritt closely during warmups for the 110-meter hurdles at the Mt. SAC Relays in Torrance, Calif. The Illinois redshirt senior took in everything Merritt did at the April meet, looking for any tips or tricks he could incorporate into his own training.

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