Track and Field

Track and Field

Bailey, Spencer, Akinosun honored

Illinois, which won its first Big Ten indoor women's track title since 1996, was recognized by the Big Ten today.

Tonja Buford-Bailey (Coach of the Year), Ashley Spencer (Athlete of the Year/Athlete of the Championships) and Morolake Akinosun (Freshman of the Year) took home major awards.


Women's track team claims Big Ten title

GENEVA, Ohio — Illinois coach Tonja Buford-Bailey first heard the chatter after her team finished second at last May’s Big Ten outdoor meet.

“They said second place was not good enough, that they only wanted to win,” Buford-Bailey said. “They’ve been talking a long time. This new generation likes to talk a lot, likes to get on Twitter and say what they’re going to do.

Former Illini power rankings: Stricker on top

Perfect 10

Jeff Huth's former Illini power rankings:

1. Steve Stricker
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Illini fans hope world’s No. 13, who turns 46 this month, wins at least one major before he’s done.

2. Deron Williams

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Delgado pulls wrestling upset

CHAMPAIGN — Jesse Delgado knocked off top-ranked Matt McDonough, but three other Illinois wins weren’t nearly enough as No. 2 Iowa claimed a 25-12 Big Ten wrestling victory Friday night at Huff Hall.

Pole vaulter Bane reaches fifth-best mark in school history

By The News-Gazette
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Illinois pole vaulter Matthew Bane won his second title of the year Saturday, setting the fifth-highest mark in program history at the Indiana Relays track and field meet.

The Illini junior cleared a personal-best 17 feet, 8 1/2 inches.

Senior Ryan Lynn (800 meters invitational) also won an event title for Illinois.

Yaeger, Falsey set pace on track

CHAMPAIGN — Courtney Yaeger claimed the 3,000 meters in a personal-best 9 minutes, 39.04 seconds, leading Illinois’ women’s track and field team to the title Saturday at the Illini Classic. Yaeger’s time narrowly missed being one of the top 10 in school history.

Ex-Illini earns U.S. bobsled shot

Lolo Jones’ international bobsled debut will come at the sport’s highest level the World Cup circuit.

The Olympic hurdler was one of three women’s push athletes selected to compete for the U.S. in this weekend’s World Cup opener at Lake Placid, N.Y. Jones, who tried the sport for the first time just last month, will be in the back of USA-3 with Jazmine Fenlator as her pilot.

Illini soccer shines in win

CHAMPAIGN — Nicole Denenberg, Taylore Peterson and Marissa Holden each tallied their first goals of the season, leading Illinois to a 3-1 soccer victory against Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Monday in a match that was delayed by the remnants of Hurricane Isaac.

Megan Pawloski and Nicole Breece picked up their first assists of the season, and Kristen Gierman collected her second.

Forber-Pratt's passion has taken her all the way to London

SAVOY — Take it from Anjali Forber-Pratt. You can't exaggerate the impact of the Boston Marathon on the capital of Massachusetts. Or the entire region, for that matter.

"Growing up there, the whole state shuts down for Marathon Monday," the University of Illinois three-degree graduate said.

Olympian used to throwing convention aside

CHAMPAIGN — When Gia Lewis-Smallwood was 4 weeks old, doctors instructed her mother, Delilah Lewis, to put the infant on her stomach when she was sleeping so Gia wouldn't choke if she threw up.