Track and Field
CHAMPAIGN — Her goal was to win a gold medal during the Winter Olympics in Sochi. That didn’t happen, but former Illini track and field star Aja Evans came home with a little more hardware than she had when she left for Russia.
GENEVA, Ohio — For her first indoor Big Ten Championships, Argenta-Oreana product Kandie Bloch-Jones probably couldn’t have written a better ending.
Bloch-Jones cleared 5 feet, 103/4 inches in the high jump to place first Saturday.
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — A four-run fifth inning and a steady outing by Drasen Johnson allowed the Illinois baseball team to end a two-game slide with a 5-4 win against Coastal Carolina on Saturday in the Illini’s second game during the Caravelle Resort’s Baseball at the Beach tournament.
Former Illini track and field athlete Aja Evans and pilot Jamie Greubel won bronze in the two-man bobsled today.
Evans and Greubel combined for four runs in 3 minutes, 51.61 seconds in USA-2.
Canada-1 took gold. USA-1 won silver.
Here's the report from AP:
HOUSTON — Illinois’ men’s tennis team bounced back Saturday at the ITA National Indoor Championships, defeating Pepperdine 4-0 in the consolation bracket.
The 22nd-ranked and 10th-seeded Illini were led by Brian Page, Tim Kopinski and Ross Guignon.
URBANA — Eighth-ranked Texas A&M won the doubles point, but 22nd-ranked Illinois roared back with four singles victories Friday night at Atkins Tennis Center.
CHAMPAIGN — A season-high crowd of 811 spectators at Huff Hall left disappointed after the Illinois wrestling team lost 22-13 to seventh-ranked Nebraska on Saturday.
The Illini (7-6, 1-5 Big Ten) trailed 6-0 after the first two matches and never led against the Cornhuskers, who prevailed in six of the 10 matches.
Ryan Squire hears what some might consider mundane questions. On a daily basis. But they’re important in his job. Vital, in fact. The compliance director for the Illinois athletic department keeps coaches afloat of recruiting rules, athletes’ eligibility and the ever-evolving transfers that seem to dominate college athletics now.