Track and Field
“This soundtrack is out of sync.” — My view from inside
Times change, and it’s hard to pinpoint exactly when it happened ... like realizing that a land line was no longer needed ... or when the 6 o’clock TV news lost its relevancy ... or when I soured on basketball.
FRENCH LICK, Ind. — The Illinois men’s golf team moved one step closer to a fifth straight Big Ten title Saturday at the Pete Dye Course.
The Illini’s chances of extending their streak of individual crowns is looking promising, too.
CHAMPAIGN — One streak continued while another one ended.
With the Illini trailing Northwestern 2-1 in the bottom of the ninth and his 24-game hitting streak on the line, Justin Parr lined a single up the middle to tie the school record set by Ryan Snowden in 2007.
DES MOINES, Iowa — Rookie Andrew Riley beat London Olympic champion Aries Merritt in the 110-meter hurdles to highlight the Drake Relays on Friday night.
Riley, the 2012 NCAA winner for Illinois at Drake Stadium, finished in 13.43 seconds and earned $25,000.
Merritt was second and got $15,000 of a $50,000 purse introduced this year for elite invitational races.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — The Illinois women’s tennis team rolled past Michigan State 4-1 on Thursday in the opening round of the Big Ten tournament.
Next up for the fifth-seeded Illini on Friday: a fourth-seeded Purdue team that handed Michelle Dasso’s squad a 5-2 defeat last Sunday in their regular season finale.
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.