Track and Field

UI tennis duo calls it a career

ATHENS, Ga. — Illinois seniors Dennis Nevolo and Roy Kalmanovich ended their collegiate tennis careers Friday at the NCAA Championships.

Nevolo, seeded seventh, lost 6-4, 6-3 to ninth-seeded Blaz Rola of Ohio State in singles. Nevolo and Kalmanovich dropped their Sweet 16 doubles match 6-7 (2), 6-2, 6-1 to Ohio State's Rola and Chase Buchanan.

Burke transfers to Rutgers

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Former Illinois forward Alexis Burke has joined the Rutgers women’s basketball team.
Scarlet Knights coach C. Vivian Stringer announced Thursday that Burke transferred to the Big East Conference school after playing the last two years for the Illini.

Future looks bright for Spencer

CHAMPAIGN — While talking recently to one of her peers in the coaching profession, Tonja Buford-Bailey couldn't help but take offense.

The voice on the other end had the temerity to ask the Illinois women's track and field coach whether her freshman phenom, Ashley Spencer, was from Jamaica.

Spencer, Riley earn top honors

PARK RIDGE — Both of the Athlete of the Championship awards from the Big Ten Track & Field meets now reside in Champaign-Urbana.

After a breakout weekend, Ashley Spencer earned the women’s award. No surprise, she also was named Freshman of the Year, the conference announced Tuesday.

Spencer leads Big Ten runners-up

MADISON, Wis. — Ashley Spencer put on a performance she won’t soon forget.

That the freshman’s record day at the Big Ten championships came with her mom in attendance — on Mother’s Day, no less — was even more special.

Roundup: Azie, Riley lead way

MADISON, Wis. — Andrew Riley has a chance to win more Big Ten track titles today. And he could get a push from his teammates.

In the 100, Riley qualified third with a time of 10.48 seconds. Two spots ahead of him stood Illini Stanley Azie, who clocked a 10.35.

Women's tennis ousted; women's golf in hunt

OXFORD, Miss. — The 18th-ranked Illini women's tennis team got off to a strong start Friday in its NCAA first-round matchup against Rice, winning the doubles point.

But Illinois couldn't sustain the momentum in singles, losing 4-3.

The Illini (18-8) took a 1-0 lead thanks to wins from the teams of Marisa Lambropoulos/Melissa Kopinski and Chelcie Abajian/Allison Falkin.

Life of Riley

Growing up, the heaviest clothing Andrew Riley wore was a hoodie. He would wear one in the winter evenings, when temperatures in Jamaica would drop near 60 degrees.

For the first 20 years of his life, a hoodie was all he needed — the only time he experienced true cold near his home in the hills above Kingston was when he reached his hand in the refrigerator.

Men's tennis team on brink of title

EVANSTON — The Illinois men's tennis team dominated Michigan in Saturday's Big Ten semifinals, winning 4-0.

And their prize? Another match with Ohio State, the six-time defending Big Ten champions.

Top-seeded Ohio State is 31-2 and ranked third nationally. The Buckeyes own a 92-match winning streak in the Big Ten.

Lucas rides birdie binge to share of first place

FRENCH LICK, Ind. — Illinois senior Nora Lucas shot a par 72 to claim a share of the lead through one round of the Big Ten women's golf tournament Friday.

Lucas led Illinois to third place, 6 strokes behind co-leaders Ohio State and Michigan State.

A six-birdie performance allowed Lucas to keep pace with Michigan State's Caroline Powers atop the leaderboard.

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