Track and Field
To finish a marathon, you need to travel 26 miles and 385 yards. For inspiration — or distraction from the inevitable pain — some runners turn to music or other types of aural entertainment.
Quietly, beneath your radar, the recently dormant Illini men’s track and field team is coming to life.
Once a source of pride on campus, attracting attendance and headlines — hosting the NCAA Championships in 1977 and 1979 — these revitalized males are drawing up alongside Ashley Spencer and the UI women as a major force in the Big Ten.
CHAMPAIGN — It’s nine days before the first official event of the fifth annual Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon — the Health and Fitness Expo — and Jan Seeley is sitting in her downtown Champaign office with fellow race co-director Mike Lindemann for an interview.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — One year ago, the Illinois men’s gymnastics team had no equal at the NCAA Championships.
On Saturday night, the defending champion Illini saw fellow Big Ten member Michigan take their place at the summit. It was more of a distant view than Illinois would have liked, as Justin Spring’s team placed sixth in the six-team finals.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Kevin Johnson will remember this win for some time.
The Illinois senior right-hander set the school’s career record for innings pitched during the Illini’s 9-2 win at Ohio State on Friday night to push Illinois’ winning streak to five games.
Johnson recorded the Big Ten victory for the Illini (24-10, 6-4) by allowing two hits in 51/3 innings.
LONDON — Tatyana McFadden’s thrill at winning her first Boston Marathon wheelchair title didn’t last long.
Shortly after leaving the Boston streets to prepare for a night of celebrations,
McFadden’s family informed her of the bombings near the finish line that killed three people and injured more than 180.
BOSTON — Tatyana McFadden continued Illinois' dominance in the women's wheelchair division at the Boston Marathon, giving Adam Bleakney his first coaching win at the fabled race.
But by day's end, neither athlete nor coach was in a celebratory mood.
By The News-Gazette
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — A dominant performance by Alina Weinstein on Saturday night propelled the Illinois women’s gymnastics team to its third NCAA Championships appearance in program history.
AUSTIN, Texas — Freshman Morolake Akinosun ran the second-fastest 100 meters in the history of Illinois women’s track and field Saturday at the Texas Relays.
The former state champion from Waubonsie Valley placed sixth in 11.29 seconds. The UI record of 11.28 was set by Aspen Burkett in 1998.