Track and Field

Track and Field

Illini legends, lists and lore: Rashard Mendenhall

Rashard Mendenhall’s performance in 2007 was one for the books … the Illini record books. Rushing for a UI single-season best 1,681 yards, the junior from Niles West High School broke Antoineo Harris’ mark by an amazing 351 yards.

Bloch-Jones ready to soar

EUGENE, Ore. — This spring didn’t go exactly as planned for Illinois high jumper Kandie Bloch-Jones. After setting an indoor personal record by clearing 6 feet in January, the former Argenta-Oreana state champion cleared 5-91/4 multiple times but didn’t reach that 6-foot mark again.

UI roundup: Seymour qualifies for NCAA hurdles finals

EUGENE, Ore. — Pedrya Seymour will represent Illinois in the women’s 100-meter hurdles finals at the NCAA track and field championships after her time in Thursday’s semifinals was good enough to advance.

Viney's final bid falls short

EUGENE, Ore. — The goal for Cam Viney was to find himself among the final eight on Wednesday night.

But the Illinois senior, who has dealt with a torn meniscus in his right knee for the majority of the outdoor season, was unable to advance to Friday night’s finals in the 400-meter hurdles at Hayward Field.

Viney ready for best shot

EUGENE, Ore. — Cam Viney was able to celebrate his second-team All-America status in the 110-meter hurdles and 400-meter hurdles at last year’s NCAA Championships with his Illini teammates.

There was more celebration when Viney teamed up with David Kendziera, Joe McAsey and D.J. Zahn to finish eighth in the 1,600 relay and earn first-team All-America honors.

Illini legends, lists and lore: UI-Penn State connection

On this date 26 years ago — June 5, 1990 — it was announced Pennsylvania State University had joined the Big Ten Conference. Just four months into his first term as commissioner of the conference, Jim Delany first seriously entertained the suggestion brought to him by then-University of Illinois President Stanley Ikenberry, a Penn State graduate.

Golf team moves up leaderboard

EUGENE, Ore. — Mike Small is in the running for another national Coach of the Year honor, the Dave Williams Award. His team’s work  Saturday at the NCAA men’s golf championships showed why.

After struggling to a 10-over-par opening round the day before, Illinois bounced back with an even-par round at Eugene Country Club.

Illini legends, lists and lore: Ex-Illini in WWII

On this Memorial Day weekend, we remember 53 men who not only earned varsity letters as University of Illinois athletes, but who, most significantly, also served in action during World War II:

Alex Agase, FB/WR
Ralph Bassey, FB
Frank Bauman, FB
Paul Behan, TF
Joseph Buscemi, FB
Tony Butkovich, FB
Lyle Button, FB
Arthur Dufelmeier, FB
Dwight Eddleman, FB/BK/TF

Troy Gentle's top Indianapolis 500 moments

With the 100th running of The Greatest Spectacle in Racing set for its first green flag Sunday at 12:19 p.m. — pre-race activities begin about an hour before that — contributor Troy Gentle looks back at some of the most memorable moments in the event’s storied history:

Vukic reaches NCAA quarterfinals

TULSA, Okla. — Illini sophomore Aleks Vukic advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Singles Championships on Friday, defeating North Carolina’s Ronnie Schneider 6-4, 6-1.