Track and Field

Track and Field

UI roundup: Illini finish fourth at regional

CHAMPAIGN — Hosting the NCAA regional at State Farm Center, the Illinois women’s gymnastics team finished fourth Saturday and will not advance to the NCAA Championships.

Illinois was tied for second place heading into the final rotation, but its score of 48.700 wasn’t enough to stay in the top two to qualify for nationals.

Illini legends, lists and lore: Revisiting 2005

Exactly a dozen years ago today, the Fighting Illini men's team tied college basketball's record for single-season victories with a 72-57 win over Louisville in the NCAA semifinals. The triumph, sparked by 20 points apiece from Roger Powell and Luther Head, was the Illini's 37th victory of the season, tying the collegiate mark originally set by UNLV in 1987 and matched by Duke in 1999.

UI roundup: 10-run fifth dooms softballers

CHAMPAIGN — The Illinois softball team was locked into a tight battle with conference foe Minnesota on Friday, but the final score won't reflect that.

The Illini (23-9, 3-1 Big Ten) trailed 2-0 heading into the fifth inning before the Gophers put up 10 runs in the frame to win 12-0 in five innings at Eichelberger Field.


In baseball

First report in five years shows UI athletes making grade

URBANA — Illinois athletes maintained an overall grade point average of 3.16 last fall, and by some measures have graduation rates comparable to the broader student body, according to data supplied to the campus Academic Senate.

UI Roundup: Bloch-Jones tops high jump field

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Argenta-Oreana product Kandie Bloch-Jones captured the high jump title Saturday at the Weems Baskin Invitational, a track and field event hosted by South Carolina.

Bloch-Jones recorded a leap of 5 feet, 10 inches to win the crown.

The Illini received a trio of second-place finishes as well.

UI Roundup: Wonderly no-hits the Hawkeyes

IOWA CITY, Iowa — The Illinois softball team opened Big Ten play Friday with a dominant all-around performance against Iowa.

Senior pitcher Breanna Wonderly fired a no-hitter and three Illini launched home runs as Illinois beat Iowa 8-0 in 5 innings at Pearl Field.

UI Roundup: Fast start propels Illini

CHAMPAIGN — The Illinois softball team jumped all over Bradley on Wednesday with six runs in the first two innings as the Illini won 7-1 at Eichelberger Field.

Annie Fleming went 2 for 3 with a home run and three RBI to pace Illinois’ (19-8) offense, while Breanna Wonderly picked up the win in the circle by allowing just one run in five innings of work.

Martinez pinned, falls in NCAA title match

ST. LOUIS — Isaiah Martinez wrestled the 100th match of his career Saturday night at Scottrade Center, donning his orange singlet reserved solely for national championships against Penn State’s Vincenzo Joseph in the 165-pound title match.

UI roundup: Yalowitz's 5 RBI pace Illini

CHAMPAIGN — Jack Yalowitz struck a three-run homer and drove in the first of four sixth-inning runs for Illinois baseball Friday, lifting the host team to an 11-5 win over Toledo.

The Illini (5-9) led 5-4 when Yalowitz notched an RBI double in the sixth inning, the first of three run-scoring hits in the frame for Illinois.

UI Roundup: Wells breaks Illini record; pair named All-Americans

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — David Kendziera placed fourth in the 60-meter hurdles and Jonathan Wells broke his own Illinois school record in the heptathlon, as both Illini earned first-team All-America honors at the NCAA indoor track and field championships on Saturday.

Kendizera posted a time of 7.73 seconds in the hurdles finals, while Wells tallied 5,786 points.