Track and Field

Track and Field

Tate: Illini on right track

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.

Illinois Marathon: Aging gracefully

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.

Saturday roundup: Softball sweeps, gymnasts fall short

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.

UI's Spencer takes success in stride

University of Illinois sophomore Ashley Spencer has continued the success she had as a freshman on the Illini's women's track squad.

Workhorse Johnson sets innings record

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.

Illini marathoner: Role model

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.

McFadden wins before chaos

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.

NCAAs next for women's gymnasts

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.

Akinosun nearly sets school mark in 100

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.

Johnson blanks Oakland

CHAMPAIGN — Senior Kevin Johnson made quick work of Oakland in Illinois’ 4-0 nonconference baseball victory Friday at Illinois Field.

Johnson needed 79 pitches to post his third career complete-game shutout in a contest that took 1 hour, 43 minutes, the UI’s shortest game of the season.