Track and Field

Track and Field

Former Illini captures second straight national title

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Gia Lewis-Smallwood continued an impressive post-graduate career in discus, winning her second consecutive title in the USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships on Sunday.

Donating sky high for Illini

Mike Thomas and Rick Darnell have plenty of reasons to thank Illinois athletic department donors.

Twenty-eight million of them. And counting.

As the fiscal year draws to a close on June 30, Illinois has already set a record for donations.

As of Thursday, the total was at $28,123,205.

That will buy a lot of basketballs, athletic tape and sports drinks.

Eggleston, Bloch-Jones honored

CHAMPAIGN — Men’s gymnast Chandler Eggleston, a two-time All-American and Big Ten floor exercise champion, and women’s track and field standout Kandie Bloch-Jones, the Big Ten indoor high jump champion, were named Newcomers of the Year on Tuesday by the University of Illinois’ Division of Intercollegiate Athletics.

Stryganek finishes strong

EUGENE, Ore. — Illinois’ Brandon Stryganek claimed second-team All-America honors, placing 15th in the 200 meters Thursday at the NCAA Track and Field Championships.

Stryganek was timed in 20.95 seconds.
In baseball:

Two Illini earn second-team All-America honors

EUGENE, Ore. — Illinois’ Joe McAsey earned second-team All-America honors, placing 14th in the 800-meter semifinals Wednesday at the NCAA Track and Field Championships.

McAsey was clocked in 1 minute, 49.67 seconds. Mississippi State’s Brandon McBride posted the top time in 1:48.09.

Illini qualify for nationals

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Illinois’ DJ Zahn, Joe McAsey, Cam Viney and Jesica Ejesieme qualified for the NCAA Track and Field Championships on Friday during the NCAA West Preliminary Round.

Duchene, Illini stay alive

OMAHA, Neb. — Sloppy defense cost the Illinois baseball team in its opening Big Ten tournament game.

It nearly did again Thursday, but the Illini were able to overcome three errors during a 6-5 win against Ohio State in an elimination game at TD Ameritrade Park.

Illinois will face Michigan State at 3:30 p.m. Friday in another elimination game.

Men's track second at Big Tens

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — A Big Ten championship almost came to fruition for the Illinois men’s track and field team on Sunday.

Which didn’t seem likely after the second day of the conference meet.

Since Illinois stood in last place.

Sunday Conversation: Bob Richards

He’s got one of the best nicknames of all time: “The Vaulting Vicar.” At the Helsinki and Melbourne Olympics in 1952 and ‘56, former Illini Bob Richards won consecutive gold medals. At age 88, the one-time Wheaties box coverboy is still going strong. Staff writer Bob Asmussen caught up to Richards earlier in the week at his ranch in Texas:

Joseph earns track honor

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois senior Vanier Joseph was named Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week, the conference announced Wednesday.
Joseph won the 110-meter hurdles title for the second consecutive year at the Drake Relays.

Gosea feted. Farris Gosea, who went 6-0 at the Big Ten men’s tennis tournament, is Illinois’ latest Scholar-Athlete recipient.