Track and Field

Track and Field

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.

Points rides putter to top of tourney

HUMBLE, Texas — The putter D.A. Points once took from his mother paid off nicely for him Thursday in the Houston Open.

Points, a former Illini, opened with five straight birdies and wound up with an 8-under-par 64 on a pleasant morning with only moderate wind at Redstone Golf Club. He had a 1-shot lead over Cameron Tringale and John Rollins.

Spencer honored by conference

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois sophomore Ashley Spencer was named Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week after claiming the 100 meters and placing second in the 400 hurdles at the Texas State Elite Meet, the league office announced Wednesday.

Spencer third in 400 at nationals

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Ashley Spencer ran the fastest indoor 400 meters in the history of Illinois women’s track and field Saturday night, but it wasn’t enough for the defending outdoor champion to claim another NCAA title.

In fact, it wasn’t fast enough to finish in the top two.

Buford-Bailey rates award

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois’ Tonja Buford-Bailey was named the United States Track and Field/Cross Country Coaches’ Association’s Midwest Region Head Women’s Coach of the Year on Monday.

“It’s great to receive this honor,” Buford-Bailey said. “It makes me feel even better knowing that I received this award because my peers voted for me. I’m really honored.”