Track and Field

Track and Field

Illini legends, lists and lore: Presidential Illini

Following what seems to have been an interminable campaign, Election Day 2016 is now just two days away. Though current University of Illinois football player Gimel President’s name certainly fits today’s theme, he’s not included on this list of former Fighting Illini athletes whose surname matches a former American commander in chief:

■ Rich “John Quincy” Adams, basketball (1975-78)

Homecoming Q&A: Tatyana McFadden

She's won 17 medals at the Paralympic Games, another 15 at the World Championships and at next week's New York Marathon, Tatyana McFadden will be looking to sweep the four major marathons (Boston, London, Chicago, New York) for the fourth straight year. She's been a guest on Ellen DeGeneres' talk show and has visited the White House more times than she can remember.

Ten suggestions for first Illini Hall of Fame class

Dick Butkus is a part of the first Illinois athletics Hall of Fame class. But who else might join the legendary Illinois linebacker in the inaugural class? Here are our top 10 choices:

UPDATED: Butkus part of inaugural Hall of Fame class

CHAMPAIGN — He told jokes. And stories. Lots and lots of stories.

On the eighth floor of the building he once dominated, Dick Butkus held court Thursday afternoon.

The iconic linebacker is the first member of Illinois’ newly announced Athletics Hall of Fame.

“I’m greatly humbled,” Butkus said at Memorial Stadium. “This is where it really started.”

UI roundup: Alcott guaranteed Paralympic medal

RIO DE JANEIRO — Former Illini Dylan Alcott moved a step closer to a Paralympics gold medal Monday, defeating Lucas Sithole 2-0 in a quad singles men’s tennis semifinal match. Alcott, representing Australia, will take on Great Britain’s Andy Lapthorne in the final.

UI roundup: McFadden nets gold at Paralympics

RIO DE JANEIRO — Illinois graduate student Tatyana McFadden picked up a gold medal Sunday at the Paralympics, posting the fastest time in the T-54 women’s 400 meters. McFadden finished in 53.30 seconds, while current Illini Hannah McFadden took seventh in 56.20.

Additionally, current Illini Chelsea McClammer scored a silver medal when she clocked 55.13 in the T-53 women’s 400 final.

Illini Legends, Lists and Lore: Happy birthday, Joe Corley!

Belated birthday greetings to former Illini NCAA champion Joe Corley, who turned 84 years old on Saturday. A track and field athlete for coach Leo Johnson, the standout athlete from St. Elmo High School won the 1954 NCAA individual title in the 220-yard hurdles in 22.60 seconds.

UI roundup: McFadden earns silver medal

RIO DE JANEIRO — Illinois graduate student Tatyana McFadden placed second Friday in the T-54 women’s 100-meter final at the Paralympics.

McFadden finished in 16.13 seconds to take the silver medal, crossing the line just behind China’s Wenjun Liu (16.00). Current Illini Hannah McFadden just missed the race’s podium, placing fourth in 16.34.

LeFevour seventh in Paralympics event

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil — Illinois graduate student Kelsey LeFevour placed seventh Thursday in the T53 women’s 100-meter dash at the Paralympics. She completed the race in 17.31 seconds.

Also in track and field, UI grad student Tatyana McFadden (third, 16.52) and current Illini Hannah McFadden (fourth, 16.55) advanced to the T54 100 finals Thursday.

27 area athletes to compete in Paralympics

The 2016 Paralympics started Wednesday and will continue through Sept. 18 in Rio. A look at athletes with local ties:

Dylan Alcott    Tennis
Former UI student will represent Australia

Brian Bell    Men’s basketball
Former UI student will play for United States